I make stained glass items mainly using the Tiffany technique.
Why Tiffany ?
In my point of view there are more possibilities using this technique than in Leaded glass. It’s finer and more delicate. I know, there are many who would disagree. I’ll try to give you an example.
One of my first large pieces I made was a window made up of 350 pieces of glass. It measured 26 inch x 27 inch. This window could only be made in Tiffany as to make it in Leaded glass would have been much bigger, 1½ - 2 times as big.
As I wrote before, Leaded glass is always flat. In Tiffany you can make all different shapes such as Tiffany-lamps, 3D objects, butterflies, flowers, boxes so to name but a few. There are lots of possibilities. As many as your own imagination can visualise.
Have a look at the photographs in the gallery.
So called Tiffany glass is made in small quantities, mainly in factories in the United States of America. Two of the biggest suppliers are Spectrum and Armstrong, but there are more glass factories. The most famous are, Bullseye, Kokomo, Oceana, Uroboros, Wissmach and Youghiogheny.
The glass is available in transparent, semi translucent (opalescent) and translucent (opal). De translucent types can be used for objects which could be hung on a wall, such as clocks, mosaic artworks and mirrors. As soon as light can shine through the object transparent and opalescent glass are recommended The use of both glass types, semi translucent and translucent gives a very nice result, especially in Tiffany lamps as well as in other designs.