It’s not unusual for a homeowner to want light fixtures that set their home apart from their friends and neighbors. Blown glass light fixtures are a great option, as no two pieces are alike. Of course, before setting out to purchase a blown glass fixture, there are a few things you should know.
How are Blown Glass Light Fixtures Made?
The process of making blown glass is actually relatively simple to explain. The glass is heated up in a furnace until it is in a molten, semi-liquid state. Then the glass is shaped using air that is blown inside of the molten glass, thus giving it the name “blown glass.” Once shaped, the glass piece is allowed to cool and then is sent out for assembly (or assembled at the glass blower’s, depending on the situation) before being sent to a retailer or elsewhere.
Though the overall process sounds simple, the actual tasks at hand require great skill and concentration. Glass blowers have intense training, as what they do can actually be very dangerous if not properly trained.
Why Should I Buy a Blown Glass Light Fixture?
One of the biggest advantages to blown glass is that no matter what, every single piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. It is absolutely impossible to replicate a piece, even if the same techniques and colors are used. This makes it extremely attractive to homeowners, as they know that their chosen blown glass light fixtures will never appear in their neighbor’s home.
Glass blowers also offer the option to order custom made pieces. By ordering a custom piece, you can ensure that your chosen light fixture meets a number of criteria including shape, size and most importantly, color and styling.
Plus, even if you order a custom piece, most glass blowers can work with your budget to create a piece that matches your expectations. Though blown glass sounds expensive, it’s often not any more expensive than many other light fixtures out there. In fact, don’t be surprised if you come across blown glass light fixtures around $40 or so.
What Type of Blown Glass Light Fixtures Are Available?
There are an endless number of different blown glass light fixtures out there. The most popular of which are pendant lights, though there are also track heads for track lights, table lamps, chandeliers, various ceiling fixtures, bathroom light fixtures, hanging lanterns and even wall sconces.
How to Find a Glass Blower
Despite the affordability and guaranteed custom made piece, it can be a bit difficult to find a glass blower. Depending on your location, there may be several glass blowers in the area or there may be done. In the event that there are no nearby glass blowers, it’s perfectly acceptable to find one online, get in contact with the glass blower and order the piece via the internet.
Though glass blown light fixtures sound like they’re easy to make, they do require a trained professional. These pieces have a number of benefits, including being one-of-a-kind pieces to suit every budget or the option to create custom pieces that match your home decor. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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