Well, we’ve got the lights and the camera going here, anyway… since I didn’t create a video, I’m not sure the post qualifies for the action part. Anyway, I’ve been working on some different types of lights for my new home lately. In this post, I wanted to share some of my thoughts after working on glass shades for a pair of light sconce fixtures I bought at Bullseye the last time I was there for a class. I thought it would great to decorate the new house with glass art in as many areas as I can, so I wanted to try out a few lighting ideas that I thought would turn out well. I really like this new fixture shown here at the left (on) and right (off) quite a lot. The second one lower in the post, I’m not quite as sure of.
Back when I lived in Philadelphia, I went to dinner a few times at a restaurant called POD that has little 6 to 12 person dining rooms for small gatherings where you could actually hold a conversation over a meal. These smaller dining rooms have a bank of light switches near the door that are color coded to the ceiling lights in the pod. Press the red button, you get red light. Press the green button, you get green light. You get the idea. At that restaurant, I found out that there are colors that lights should never be – for a meal, anyway. For example, food and beverages under blue or green lighting look completely unappetizing. So I was trying to keep that in mind as I was designing my new light sconces.
In designing the light sconces, I was going for relatively neutral colors, whites and off whites, as well as colors that look good as sunglass lenses. For the light sconce at the top of the post, I used French Vanilla sheet glass between two layers of clear. The squiggly lines across the glass were made by sifting a thin layer of Turquoise powder over the French Vanilla and then using a paint brush to move the powder around. Where the frit is thin in the center of the lines, it interacted with the French Vanilla and turned a rich brown I really like. At the edges of the line where the frit is thicker, you can still see places where the Turquoise color comes through because it was too thick to interact with the French Vanilla below.
For the light sconce at the bottom of the post, I used part of a sheet of one of Bullseye’s Cascade glasses. This one is White glass with a transparent Silver glass cascade through the middle and a silver iridescent coating on top. Because of the neutral silver color, I thought it would yield good light. Unfortunately, the bulb is a bit too visible for me. I like the look very much with the light off, but when I turn it on, it feels a bit too harsh for my eyes. I’d be interested in hearing what others think, so please leave a comment below with your opinion.
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