If you’re a person who is mesmerized at looking at beautiful colored glass, then you are definitely up for these traditional Turkish hanging lamps. Glass plays its own grand look to any interior accessory, finishing, or treatment at home. Glass is composed of silica sand, lime, and soda, plus other materials that alter its color and other characteristics. Its beauty has also inspired many craftsmen to create marvelous works of art.
The oldest examples of glass date to about 2000 BC, and were found in Egyptian tombs. Glass was made by the Phoenicians (who lived in what is now Lebanon) from an early date.
You can find Turkish hanging lamps from your nearest light and lighting fixture stores, but you can also find them on Ottoman Jewels Facebook page, where they have recently shared pictures of quite remarkable and artistic collection of Ottoman Turkish Hanging lamps. They are of pretty affordable prices and will add a very luscious aura to your living space. They would look exciting on your patios, or hall ways, or even on your entrances. The colors that they project on the walls will give you a great Middle East ambiance. So do check them out.
Selection of Glass:
Soda lime glass:The most popular glass for lampworking is soda-lime glass, which is available pre-colored. Soda-lime glass is the traditional mix used in blown furnace glass, and lampworking glass rods were originally hand-drawn from the furnace and allowed to cool for use by lamp workers. Today soda-lime or “soft” glass is manufactured globally, including Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, China and America.
Lead:In addition to soda lime glass, lamp workers use lead glass. Lead glass is distinguished by their lower viscosity, heavier weight, and somewhat greater tolerance.
Borosilicate:Lamp workers can use borosilicate glass, a very hard glass requiring greater heat. Borosilicate originated as laboratory glass, but it has recently become available in color to the studio artist from a number of companies. At one time, soft (soda lime and lead) and hard (borosilicate) glasses had distinctly different looking palettes, but demand by soft-glass artists for the silver strike colors, and the development of the bright, cadmium based `crayon colors’ by Glass Alchemy in the boro line, has diminished the distinctions between them.
We find many techniques on Turkish lamps like:
Stain Glass:Stained glass making, is a technique of collage, in which pieces of differently colored glass are cut to the shapes of a design, and fitted together.
Colored Glass:The glass is colored either by the mixture of certain oxides or minerals with the molten glass, or by firing these colorants onto the surface of clear glass. The advantage of the latter method is that the colorants can be painted onto the glass to create a picture or design.
Beads:Beads can be sandblasted, or they can be faceted, using lapidary techniques. “Furnace glass” beads, which are more elaborate versions of the old Seed bead technique, are widely made today. Chevron beads are multi-layer beads once exclusively made using hot-shop techniques to produce the original tubing; but now some lamp workers make similar designs on their torches before lapping the ends to reveal the various layered colors. As torches get bigger and more powerful, the cross-over between lamp working and furnace glass continues to increase.
This is an art that is ever green. You cannot go wrong with the selection of a Turkish lamp because they will never look old for any time. So if you ask me it’s a must have accessory, if you love lighting then this is your best choice.