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I have been experimenting with candle holders, tissue holders, and hinged boxes. Some of these projects are shown below.

My first commercial hinged box is a donation for the Chinese Culture Center's annual benefit dinner and silent auction. The box and the lotus symbolize harmony, their benefit theme (Harmony and Bliss).

My candleholder designs are getting simpler, my work faster, and my boxes really square. It looks so easy until you try to do it!

The votives on the right were made with scraps from a client project. The middle one is a patchwork of scraps with minimal cutting, while the others feature the natural beauty of the Youghgiogheny glass.

I started making candle holders as a way to use up my glass scraps from large panels. The ones to the right and the red one in the row below were my first efforts and I designed patterns to make them. Although I liked the results, cutting a lot of pieces makes the process slow and uneconomical to sell, so I started doing them "patchwork style, like the other two 2 on the row below, using scraps in their original shapes with minimal cutting. I still like the 'planned' effect, and do them as well.
Candle holders can be sized for votives or 3 inch pillars. I tend not to make them taller than 4 inches because it is difficult to do soldering on the inside when they get very tall.
The candleholder on the left was designed to coordinate with a commissioned window panel, "Moon and Suns", completed in 2007. See the panel information here.
The candle holders below were mostly my second year efforts, before I hit on the patchwork idea. I strived to create simpler patterns to reduce the time required to construct them.

First tissue box effort.

Second tissue box design. Square hole is easier to use.

Once I had candleholders under control, I realized that if one were turned upside down and a hole added, I could have tissue box covers too. These covers do required opaque glass so that the box inside is not visible. My first one used a slot for the tissues, but this turned out to be a bit constrictive for getting the tissue through. My second try, using a square hole on the top, is much easier to thread the tissue through and to use.


  • Candle holder prices depend more on complexity than size. It takes about the same time to construct a small one as a larger one. The prices range from $40 to $70.

  • Tissue boxes are $100.

  • Hinged boxes are $150.

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Last modified: 06/02/12