Mokume Gane light fixtures

You’ve probably figured out that I’m scrounging around the house for polymer clay fixtures to show you. The weather’s too nice to spend the evening web surfing.

Here are the lights from my copper bathroom. We made the tub surround from sheets of roofing copper…here’s the sink.

The little pendant fixtures from the lighting stores seemed overpriced so I made my own from translucent clay and copper leaf using Lindly’s “Haunani Gane” method. I first formed a thin cone of translucent, baked that as a base, added thin slices and baked again.

You have to be careful of the bulb wattage but with modern cool bulbs, heat isn’t a problem. These have been up for three years.

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  • reply Toby ,

    I assume rather than the translucent cone, you could use an inexpensive glass one as a base… I also think using wire mesh as a base could be kind of cool.
    The orange one is especially attractive.

    • reply Harriet Russell ,

      Another thing I want to try!
      I like Toby’s idea of using glass, too, but it’s probably hard to find. I suppose you could drill a hole, with a diamond-tipped drill, in the bottom of a glass, though.
      I’ll bet the pictures are of the same shade, but the orange one shows it with the light on. ;o)
      The sink is gorgeous! …Harriet

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