Vintage Revival
 

My husband Russ and I have been collecting vintage lighting since early in our marriage. We started to research how to make it, and it was like going on a treasure hunt as we stumbled upon all these wonderful things. When we [began] to develop the Shine line at an old glass factory, we couldn’t understand why this art was being lost over time because the product is so beautiful.    

Shine’s authentic blown-glass lamps and fixtures sparkle with classic elegance, vintage charm and modern inspiration.

    

    The forms we’re using for the opal glass are made using the original cast-iron molds collected over decades by our factory. The molds date from the early part of the last century through the late 1960s. The glass is formed in the traditional way with a pipe in the furnace. There are several people on the line who handle the glass, which is a fascinating process to watch. It takes a while to get the right size and shape. The glass is then blown into these giant cast-iron molds. From there, the glass goes into a large annealer that slowly brings the temperature of the glass down to room temperature from over 1,000 degrees.     



    The opal glass is gorgeous by itself, but we add a metallic banding to the pendants using platinum and 22-karat gold. Each piece is hand-blown, hand-painted on a manual turn wheel and then high-fired much like a porcelain process. It is very permanent and very beautiful. We use the same process with paint, which is also fired onto the glass. Different colors of paint fire at different temperatures; hence, a lamp may be refired up to four or five times. Some people have asked questions about the [high] price of our lamps, but these are modern heirlooms that are being created for the present and the future with a discriminating consumer in mind. The quality is incredible, and that is really important to us. We are carrying on a tradition and also breathing new life into an American craft that has been slowly disappearing over the last 50 years.we add a metallic banding to the pendants using platinum and 22-karat gold. Each piece is hand-blown, hand-painted on a manual turn wheel and then high-fired much like a porcelain process. It is very permanent and very beautiful.



    We use the same process with paint, which is also fired onto the glass. Different colors of paint fire at different temperatures; hence, a lamp may be refired up to four or five times.



    

Some people have asked questions about the [high] price of our lamps, but these are modern heirlooms that are being created for the present and the future with a discriminating consumer in mind. The quality is incredible, and that is really important to us. We are carrying on a tradition and also breathing new life into an American craft that has been slowly disappearing over the last 50 years.

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