Tiffany lamp repair: reviving the circles shade

by | 21st November, 2019 | 16 comments

Circle Lamp

Circles Lamp Damage
As well as making my own stained glass lamps using traditional methods, I am often asked to repair Tiffany-style lamps that people have bought elsewhere over the years.

I always find it interesting dismantling these old lamps and discovering how previous stained glass artists and artisans cut the glass and assembled the pieces.

It is also very satisfying to be able to take a damaged or dented Tiffany lamp and repair and refurbish it to restore it to its former glorious self.

It is true that there is a lot of work involved in carefully removing broken or cracked pieces of glass from a lamp shade. Often the solder surrounding the damaged areas has to be re-melted in order for the glass to be removed. Then the pieces must be matched for colour and texture and new pieces have to be cut to size, foiled and soldered into place.

One lamp I repaired and refurbished recently was this circle design shade comprising hundreds of circles of brightly coloured glass. Unfortunately, it was suffering from various issues, including broken and missing pieces, being dented out of shape and having no vase cap – the brass part at the top which takes the fittings that support the shade on the harp beneath. It had been living in a loft for many years so had the additional problems of being coated in grease and a layer of thick, grimy dust.

I set about removing and replacing the damaged areas, making circular patterns in a range of sizes in order to create each glass piece. I also had to melt the soldered areas around the hole where the vase cap had once been to try to reposition the glass in a more curved and less dented shape.

I replaced the vase cap with a new one and soldered it in firmly. The new glass areas were bead soldered inside and out and a patina applied to blend it with the original parts of the design.

Finally, and not insignificantly, I battled the grease and grime on the original glass. Lots of the colours were transformed completely by this effort – what had looked like a dull green glass became a vibrant turquoise and browns became glowing reds.

The bottom edge of this Tiffany lamp shade had been designed to be uneven and I kept this feature in the refurbishment, simply replacing the damaged and bent areas. It is important to repair a shade sympathetically.

The best aspect of a Tiffany lamp repair or refurbishment is fitting the shade to a base and switching on the power – the light really brings the design alive! And in a shade like this with so many bright colours, it is a real joy to see the transformation.

Circles lamp, much cleaning was required

16 Comments

  1. Bev Dodds

    HI Linda,

    Please can you advise when you are open over the xmas period, I have a tiffany lamp that needs to be repaired.
    I would like to bring over for you to look at.

    Kind regards
    bev

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    • Linda Banks

      Hi Bev
      Thanks for your message. I’ve sent you an email about it.
      Linda

      Reply
      • Kim

        I have a 12″ tiffany style shade,the lead that holds some of the glass has come loose and needs resoldering and the centre brass peice is dented. Firstly would it be possible to repair and if so, approximately how much would it cost? Thank you

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  2. Christine Hutchings

    I have two Tiffany lampshades that need repairing. Are you open and if so could you please give me your address and I will deliver the shades to you and your telephone number.

    Kind regards.
    Miss Hutchings

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    • Linda Banks

      Hi Miss Hutchings
      Thanks for your message – I have emailed you separately.
      Linda

      Reply
  3. Carole Kitchener

    We have a sentimental tiffany lamp that I have smashed two panes of glass. Are you able to look at this with a view to repair? Not sure of your location. Thanks Carole

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  4. Margaret Thompson-Hughes

    Repair a Tiffany Lamp damaged by overheated light bulb. Where is your company based? Thanks

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    • Linda Banks

      Hi Margaret. Thanks for your message. I am based in Hampshire but also cover Surrey.
      Thanks
      Linda

      Reply
  5. Jasmine Slade

    Hi, I have a Tiffany standing lamp that fell over and it’s very badly damaged. I just wanted to find out if you are able to repair and what the cost would be?

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    • Linda Banks

      Hi Jasmine
      Sorry to hear about the damage to your lamp. Yes I may be able to repair it. Are you able to email me photos of the damage please? Email: linda@orchidstainedglass.co.uk
      Thanks
      Linda

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  6. Rosemary Cattee

    dear iLinda,

    I have a ‘petal’ Tiffany table lamp which needs the glass petals repaying, would you be able to do this please? I have an image I can send you

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  7. Sharon Hunter

    Hi i have a very beautiful large round tiffany style lamp with damage close to the crown .i dont think any glass is missing because i sellotape it to keep it intact if loose until i found someone who can fix it ..if i send a photo of the whole lamp damaged and undamaged would you fix it or me ? It is so beautiful and large but i I think a lot of the solder is weak .ps ..my computer has been playing up so u may get other attempts at my message because it kept skipping and i had to start afresh .ill wait for a message and get my daughter to take the photos of the damage for me .thankyou .

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    • Linda Banks

      Thanks for your message. Sorry to hear about the damage to your lamp. Yes, I should be able to help so please email me photos. Thanks Linda

      Reply
  8. Bonnie Lewis

    I have tiffany lamp that top mount came off. Want to know where you are located and idea what it will cost to fix it.

    Reply
    • Linda Banks

      Hi. Thanks for your message. I should be able to help you. I have emailed you directly so please check your junk folder if you can’t see it. Thanks Linda

      Reply

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