Back in March, I blogged about the process of beginning to make this hanging lamp. At that point, I was starting the design and thinking about how to transpose images from flat stained glass windows onto this curved shape. My clients have two lovely, historic stained glass windows in their home and wanted those existing designs to tie in with the lighting that I am creating. We decided on this shape and size and I got a mold onto which I would build the lamp. And then the fun began! (One note: this is actually upside down-- the finished lamp will have the larger circumference at the top but for building purposes, this is the most stable way to construct it.) The tulip shapes and the triangles are featured in their existing stained glass windows and were my main focus in developing this design. Then, in order for the flat glass pieces to be able to create a curved final shape, they had to be divided. I also wanted to incorporate a variety of complementary shades of amber and yellow since the lamps would coordinate with, but not exactly match, the existing windows. There are 352 pieces in this lamp and every one is hand cut, shaped, wrapped in copper foil (which the solder adheres to), and then soldered together. The pieces on the left side of the photo have not yet been copper foiled and, if you look closely, you can see little bits of silver solder on the right side where I have started tacking them together. It's a work in progress and there's a long way to go. But it's starting to take shape- literally!