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post #1 of Old 09-08-2010, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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This is an oldie but goodie....

A while back I wanted to make a nice gift from scratch. I was in school and during my breaks I decided to go to home depot which was conveniently next to pearl paint, $200 later this is what I made....




I used a nail gun to make a frame that would easily fit lighting, a dura-plex board, and hold the weight of the materials






After that, I separated the pieces of glass so that I could create an image. Funny part is that I bought the glass in ratio I had in my mind of how much of each color I would use. Amazingly I was not short any pieces









Once I did that, I basically got lost in the process...

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Until I was finished...

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Without lights...





The next part was messy, I have to fill the gaps with grout....








Now the grouted version in the dark...

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Cleaning the grout from frame was not fun but it got done...





Now it was time for the varnishing of the frame







The finished product from all angles....

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Simple wiring...

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This all panned from a project I had done 6 years earlier...






A gift to my Mom, a lamp with 2 different roses on each side
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That's an awesome piece, ArmyGeo!

This is probably a silly question, but did you cut the glass as you went so that you'd have glass of the size you needed, or did you estimate and cut it at the outset and work with the pieces you had?

Were you able to prevent any grout from getting on the glass, or did it just come off easily before it dried?

It looks beautiful even when unlit, but amazing with the lights on behind it. I wonder, is it able to be hung on a wall? I would imagine the lights get relatively hot, and it looks like they'd be directly against a wall if it was hung. Have you considered using LED lights? I'm not sure what they cost, but I've heard that they produce next to no heat and require very little power, which would make the piece safer and reduce the total cost of ownership.

I haven't seen anything like this piece before, though admittedly I don't know all that much about art. Is this something you read about and decided to try creating, or did you come up with it yourself?

As for how much you could probably get for it, I'd imagine that would vary a lot depending on where and how you attempted to sell it. I wouldn't think $1,000 is outside the realm of possibility, though. I have no idea what the average person interested in something like this would be willing to pay, though, so I voted for somewhere in the middle in your poll.

Oh, and the lamp looks great too, of course! Is your mother partial to elephants?
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Wow, that is beautiful! Now is this something you do regularly or was it just a one time thing? I agree with Mike about its worth especially if you already put $200 into it. How long did it take start to finish? If you've done others I hope you'll share them with us!

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That's an awesome piece, ArmyGeo!

This is probably a silly question, but did you cut the glass as you went so that you'd have glass of the size you needed, or did you estimate and cut it at the outset and work with the pieces you had?

Were you able to prevent any grout from getting on the glass, or did it just come off easily before it dried?

It looks beautiful even when unlit, but amazing with the lights on behind it. I wonder, is it able to be hung on a wall? I would imagine the lights get relatively hot, and it looks like they'd be directly against a wall if it was hung. Have you considered using LED lights? I'm not sure what they cost, but I've heard that they produce next to no heat and require very little power, which would make the piece safer and reduce the total cost of ownership.

I haven't seen anything like this piece before, though admittedly I don't know all that much about art. Is this something you read about and decided to try creating, or did you come up with it yourself?

As for how much you could probably get for it, I'd imagine that would vary a lot depending on where and how you attempted to sell it. I wouldn't think $1,000 is outside the realm of possibility, though. I have no idea what the average person interested in something like this would be willing to pay, though, so I voted for somewhere in the middle in your poll.

Oh, and the lamp looks great too, of course! Is your mother partial to elephants?

- I did both I cut the glass as you went so that I'd have glass of the size you needed and with the larger pieces I would estimate and cut it at the outset and to work with the pieces you had

- As for the grout getting on the glass this is just like when you put up tiles in the bathroom. You want to get it all over, so every open crevice is filled. While the grout is still wet, with a damp sponge you clean and the sponge off. Then you let the grout dry, once the grout dried, I used a special sponge that has a sand paper texture to it. This definitely was not fun and took about and hour.

-I attached the back with a hanging wire system that was used for heavy frames, and when installed in the room it gave a relative nice look.

- It did not get hot because they were fluorescent lamps, specifically the ones for kitchens. They were not directly against a wall when hung.

-I did consider using LED lights, at the time the cost and time were a factor. I made a small LED set up from some spare LEDs I had but getting the amount that I needed to get the brightness I wanted was going to take too long and cost more.

-This was something I came up on my own, I have always been a fan of Tiffany lamps and windows. This was a merger of the two.

-My mom at one point collect elephants. I will post some of my other mediums that just deal with elephants.
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