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. |