> I am fairly experienced with stained glass panels and want to move into
> lampshades. I have the book Stained Glass Basics by Chris Rich which has
> a good bit of information on lamps, but doesn't mention lamp "molds."
> How do they work? My main question is whether you can use original
> patterns with lamp molds or whether the mold is itself the pattern when
> you purchase it. Also I would appreciate any suggestions for books on
> lamps specifically. Thanks.
Our recommendation is get 'The Lampmaking Handbook'
by Joe Porcelli. This is one of the best books on making
lamps. It has a chapter on tools and equipment that explains
choosing a mold and even how to make a mold if you are so
inclined. Joe is certainly an expert on making lamps and
is one of the nicest people in the business. It may be
available through your local stained glass store or from
one of the mail order companies. Warner-Crivellaro
has it in their catalog for around $20. Their website is
http://www.warner-criv.com. Amazon books also lists the
book, $24.95, easiest way to find it through their website,
http://www.amazon.com is to search by the International
Standard Book Number (ISBN). Type in 0962905364 to find
If you go to The Glass Library at Art Glass World,
you will also find the video LAMPMAKING WITH JOE PORCELLI
(VHS 60 min) Every aspect of Tiffany style lampmaking,
beginning with a blank full-size lamp form. Step-by-step
progression through the complete art shade construction
To answer your other question, it depends on the type of
mold you buy. Some molds have the pattern as part of the
mold, like the Odyssey Lamp Forms. Each mold is for a
specific lamp shade. Some stained glass stores rent these
as they can be very expensive. Some cost more than $200.
On the other hand, the WordenSystem molds can be used for
many different patterns or even for one of your own. You
buy a form for a particular shape of lampshade and then
can choose from many different patterns or you can buy a
grid to be used to design your own pattern.
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