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A great gift for a Star Wars fan

If your Star Wars fan ‘man who has everything’ has a significant birthday, what present can you get him? One option is to commission a Star Wars inspired stained glass panel. The Star Wars fan in question is a particular fan of the mercenary character Boba Fett. Boba...
Totoro featured on stained glass lamp

Totoro featured on stained glass lamp

As many of you know, I love making special commissions in stained glass for birthdays and other events. One of the best requests recently was to make a unique lamp for a fan of the animated character, Totoro. Totoro has become something...

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Orange-topped Tiffany lamp restoration

Orange-topped Tiffany lamp restoration

Naturally, a lamp made from stained glass weighs quite a lot. Add to this the weight of the solder required to hold all the glass pieces together, and you definitely have a heavy structure. Therefore it is not a surprise that...

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Rose Tiffany lamp repair

Rose Tiffany lamp repair

An unfortunate accident led to another client needing a Tiffany lamp repair. This precious standard lamp was toppled by the lady's husband, resulting in a lot of damage and a big dent. She was keen to have it repaired because her son had...

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Time to visit the Wild Art Gallery

Time to visit the Wild Art Gallery

There is no doubt that the past year has been tough for physical retail outlets. Small, independent businesses, in particular, need our support, now that retail premises are opening up again. We...

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Stained glass window repair in situ

Stained glass window repair in situ

Recently I was invited to a lovely home, with equally lovely owners, to carry out a stained glass window repair in situ. The stained glass window in question was one of several contemporary glass...

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Two dragonfly Tiffany lamp repairs

Two dragonfly Tiffany lamp repairs

A lady who loves dragonflies brought me her two damaged Tiffany lamps for repair and refurbishment. They had both been the victims of energetic grandchildren and the smaller lampshade had a big dent...

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Art Deco wall light repair

Art Deco wall light repair

It seemed like everyone decided to tidy up and sort out their homes in 2020 - with many people finding damaged or dented Tiffany lamps in dusty corners, sheds and garages that they wanted to restore...

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Black Friday deals to cheer up 2020

Black Friday deals to cheer up 2020

This year has been totally unlike any other, with a lot of misery and distress for many. Let's hope that the new vaccines will ensure 2021 sees us beat the virus and regain some normality. Hopefully...

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Two stained glass windows into one

Two stained glass windows into one

Another interesting stained glass challenge recently was the creation of one new stained glass window out of two old stained glass windows that were still in their wooden window frames. The two...

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A truly personal birthday gift

A truly personal birthday gift

One of the great things about being an artist is that you have the opportunity to work with customers to make their visions a reality. This was the case when I had an enquiry for a bespoke birthday...

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Stylish 3D Christmas decorations

Stylish 3D Christmas decorations

Every year I launch a new range of stained glass Christmas decorations and this time I have made some elegant 3D Christmas trees in a variety of colours and two sizes. Each unique Christmas tree is...

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Pair of Tiffany lamp repairs

Pair of Tiffany lamp repairs

Sadly, I am often brought 'Tiffany'-style lamps to repair. While these shades look very attractive, a discerning eye can tell that frequently the copper foil they are made with is very narrow and...

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Wild Art Gallery reopens safely

Wild Art Gallery reopens safely

It is no surprise that the arts have suffered greatly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Events and venues have had to shut, restricting opportunities for face-to-face sales and testing of new...

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Last minute anniversary gift

Last minute anniversary gift

What do you do when you need a unique anniversary gift in a hurry? Ask a creative small business owner. To be fair, the man who commissioned this decorated vase was not requesting or expecting me to...

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Koi wall art for Japanese interior

Koi wall art for Japanese interior

Koi carp are revered for their colourings and markings in Japan, as well as for their tenacity for swimming up rivers against the current. In Japan they are a symbol of good luck, representing...

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Stained glass Union Jack table lamp

Stained glass Union Jack table lamp

This fun Union Jack stained glass commission was the result of a request to create a modern table lamp for a lady who is mad about everything 'Union Jack'. She even has Union Jack cupboard handles...

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New Funky Sculptures steal the show

New Funky Sculptures steal the show

When you have designed a new product it is great to see how it fares with customers in the real world marketplace. The recent Christmas fairs I attended presented a perfect opportunity to get...

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Stained glass shark and red goblet

Stained glass shark and red goblet

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is rising to the challenge of an interesting commission from a customer. You never know what they will ask you to make in stained glass. Here are two...

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Black Friday bargains

Black Friday bargains

Everyone likes a good deal - especially with Christmas coming up! So check out some great glass pieces in the Black Friday section of the website between 8am on Friday 29th November and midnight on...

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Repairing a stained glass window

Repairing a stained glass window

Nothing beats the beauty of real stained glass windows – with each piece of glass cut and fitted by hand, they really sparkle in the light. With different textures and undulations occurring...

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Special commission in loving memory

Special commission in loving memory

One of the things I love about my business is receiving requests from customers that are a bit different. I like to really listen to what they want – and why – and then take up the challenge of...

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My take on Tiffany

My take on Tiffany

When I was researching the market before I set up Orchid Stained Glass, I came across a competition to have glass works of art shown at the lovely Cumbrian Arts and Crafts house, Blackwell. Having...

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Steampunk stained glass lamp

Steampunk stained glass lamp

The home is a great place to express your individuality and personal tastes, whether you like a minimalist space or collect Victoriana. Whatever your interior design style, there are ornaments,...

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Unique wedding present commission

Unique wedding present commission

Another totally unique commission resulted from a request from a mother of a bride for a special wedding present for the happy couple. She wanted a gift that would reflect the surnames of the bride...

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Super submarine Christmas gift

Super submarine Christmas gift

A lovely lady asked me if I could make a very special Christmas present for her partner. He is a big music fan and, if you look at the subject of this stained glass panel, there are no prizes for...

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A heartfelt anniversary gift

A heartfelt anniversary gift

One of the more unusual gift commission requests I had was when a man brought me a pair of blue glass candlesticks. It turned out that he had bought them for his wife when they first met but...

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