Cut glass lamp repairs
The ultimate goal is to save as much original cut glass as possible. In this situation the top crown area had a crack running down to the narrow neck. Using a large 10" diamond wet saw I was able to remove the crown. A lap diamond wheel was then used to polish the cut line down. Cut glass chips and cracks can often be repaired by buffing or gluing techniques.
Vancouver Canada slag glass panel repair
This slag glass lamp had been in Sarah's family for over 60 years. The move from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Canada didn't go well. With explicit packing instructions the lamp was safely sent to my studio. After recieving the lamp and replacing four pieces of slag glass the lamp was returned within one week to Vancouver.
Tiffany lamp repairs
This Tiffany-style stained glass lamp had 23 broken bent glass panels on the bottom. The restoration involved modifications to the lamp keeping the project within the client's terms. Unlike simple slag glass panels with brass tabs, Tiffany lamp restoration requires the removal and replacement of glass, foil and solder. A black patina is then applied to blend the old solder and the new areas of solder together. This method of restoration is time consuming but very rewarding.
Colored glass lighting was popular with the use of gas and electricity. The race to make every household use electricity and get away from gas was a win for the lamp companies. The problem was making lamps faster and cheaper. Lamp companies such as Tiffany really didn't want to compete with the production lamps sold in Sears catalogs. Instead they continued with a method of construction and line of designer lamps at a higher price.
Re-wiring old lamps goes with the job.
Electrical parts can be replaced with original antique parts from old lamps or reproduction electrical lamp parts are available. I'm unable to install lighting but re-wiring is part of the job.
Custom made lighting
Over the past 40 years I have completed work for kitchens, restaurants, and commercial buildings. I have worked with interior designers, lighting architects and historical building trusts.
Lamp metal stampings
I have replaced and modified lamp skirts and crowns with new stampings. For decades some old lamps had glass beads and stringers attached to the banding. I find adding extra banding or replacing the old lamp banding can add structural strength.
Brass lamp caps
Brass caps or vase caps are mostly used on Tiffany style lamps, Miller lamps or Bradley and Hubbard lamps. Another type of cap is a fitter cap used on table lamps. Fitter caps are actually part of the base and the shade rests on top of the cap, hence "fitter cap". Tiffany style lighting imported from Mexico and China in the past 25 years often has issues with their vase caps. In most cases the caps break away from the top of the lamps because of weak solder lines. This is problem I often encounter and successfully repair.
More custom lighting
This was a batch of bent clear hammer glass set in brass holders. This was a direct down lighting fixture for over counters and bars. The drop down could be adjusted creating a free hanging low profile light. Antique lighting companies often contact me to design and produce custom light fixtures such as these.
More custom lighting
These lanterns use copper overlay and brass fitters on the ends. If your lamp has several broken panels you might want to consider replacing all the glass with the color of your choice. According to Genuine Antique Lighting white glass is now a very popular color.
White metal slag glass lamps
Working with white metal lamp frames and brass slag glass chandeliers requires metal bending tools. I often use the metal rollers for bending metal tubes and occasionally to bend slag glass lamp parts.
Glass and white metal work
I quess there's no place to be formally trained to work with white metal. It just comes down to experience. Then again my under graduate classes in metal design helped foster my gold and silver soldering techniques. White metal is a very sensitive low heat material. White metal also requires the knowledge of other metals that are compatable in the same heat range for adding braces and supports. Some of the most popular slag glass metal frames were made by Bradley and Hubbard or Miller lamps. Most genuine vintage antique lamps with white metal and slag glass were made between 1890-1930. Click here to see some white metal lamp repairs.