Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Glass houses.....

I said I would post a picture of the "Glass House" I had a friend make. As you can see, it is a very simple design. I first saw such a thing by an artist called Lady Jane but the wait, at the time, was two years and she wanted the total payment up front. I knew my friend was just as talented and asked if he would consider a three-dimensional piece. When he agreed, I do not think he realized how large a project I had in mind :-) ... but he did a beautiful job.

The glass used was an "antique" clear...no color at all. The building itself can be carefully lifted off the base which is simply a piece of plywood that has the interior "footprint" tiled. The interior can also be accessed by the double doors in front. One of these days, I am going to attach door handles.....


I was going to use it for a plant filled Conservatory but never got around to making or acquiring sufficient plants as it is quite large. One year, I decorated it for Christmas and so it stayed. Mmm...I see I need to get out the glass cleaner.

I also picked up another "glass house" at Old Time Pottery a few years ago for very little...I think it was $10. This is about 12" square by 8" plus the peak which is about another 5". Right now it keeps the dust off little things lying around but I am thinking of using this for the flower/plant display. It has no doors. It would have to lift off a base rather like a cake cover.

You cannot tell from the picture but the metal is copper with a very pretty twist detail.


This little piece I also got very inexpensively at a home decorating store. The top comes off for access. The arches are glassed. It needs some work to get the top to fit properly and I haven't done anything with it yet but I have an idea for a table setting.

BTW, I believe I have solved the problem of safely shipping the Orreries and such, though I can take no credit myself. My son and husband came up with what I think is a great idea. If will attempt to execute it and, if succesful, I'll post about it. Well, I think I'll post about it even if it isn't succesful.....no sense someone else re-inventing the wheel.

Later.....

Tabitha


7 comments:

Jean Day said...

They are wonderful, I really like the Christmas theme for your conservatory, beautiful!

Debbie said...

Thanks for Sharing these Tabitha. It reminded me that somewhere I have a hanging terrarium which would make a beautiful conservatory. Its somewhere in all those boxes! I love the one your friend made for you. xx

Lize said...

I love the glass conservatory. It has such a delicate look, and Christmas is my favourite time of the year... any time!

Whittaker's Miniatures said...

I have one of these! I got mine cheap at a car boot sale and have plans to put a fantasy doll in it, have been working on it today so thats spooky you should post this Susan! Will put pics up of mine when its done, just need to get some green glass paint to finish it off! Love the Christmas one, and love all the goodies in your other one, especaily that table FULL of wizard contraptions! Kate xx
Kate xx

Peach Blossom Hill said...

What beautiful glass conservatories! I love them all. I have seen a few that had potential but they were either too small to really fit anything inside or otherwise unsuitable for mini's. I'm going to keep searching!

Jody

nikkinikkinikki72 said...

Lovely glass houses and the big one is amazing, love how you dressed it for christmas too.
Will looks forward to hearing your postage solution. Im all ears!
Nikki xxx

Debie Lyons said...

I love these Tabs but my favorite has to be the one at the bottom. Glad to hear that you have solved your packaging problem.
Debie xxxxxx