This lamp was designed and made by us, and this lamp will outlive its owner, and can be passed on to the next generation. In fact it was made about 8 years ago, and earlier this year it was brought in for repairs. It blew over when the curtains caught it during a freak wind storm. Because it is well made, only a few pieces on the edge broke. We quickly fixed it and it was returned to its owner - no charge!
So I am writing this post because nobody likes to be had, right?
It is such a sad moment when someone brings in a stained glass piece to be repaired and we have to tell them it is a fake and cannot be repaired. And we have seen a lot of rubbish being passed off for the real thing, but this... oh this!... takes the grand prize.
Made out of 2 mm sandblasted glass, painted with non-permanent glass paints and GLUED together.
So on to the subject of mass produced Chinese imports.
It has been baffling us for years: how can a lamp which will take us at least 3 months to finish, and which we will have to sell for R16 000, be imported from China, transport and the dealer's profit included, and be sold for R3000 or R4000?
And we have looked at them and tried to figure it out: Real glass, looking very much like the glass we import from America at high cost. Thinner than it should be lead lines and very flat lead lines, yes, but how do you get past the labour intensive job that it is, if it is real? Even when you take into account the sweat shop setup, it is still not explained???
Until two customers in a row brought in their broken Chinese stained glass lamps for repairs....
Glue that is stained black is what keeps the lamp together. And if that is the case, we give you the broken lamp back with our best wishes and instructions to go buy a tube of glue! Sad but true.
So, how do one then know if it is a fake or not?
Clue number one: If it is to cheap to be true, it is likely to be rubbish.
Our best suggestion:
Find a reputable maker, visit their showroom, and if you like their work and can connect with them, ask them to custom make something for you.
It is worth it, and the real thing will give you years of joy!
And our condolences if you possess one of these. Enjoy it while you can.
OK so I have been stewing on that for some time... steam let off successfully, and hopefully it will be helpful to you too
Warmest regards till next time!