Both Robin and Jo said that this was a fashion/fad/craft or ? a few
decades ago. Was that in the “macrame era”?
Does anyone have a WWW with a picture of this work? There are lots
of Tiffany lamps on WWWs and they are quite striking. But none that I
know of state that the stained glass is actually stone.
BTW, the translucency of 1 mm stone slices varies quite a lot from
what I have seen so far. Some transmit almost no light. I am going to
make a guess that the “acidic” rocks (felsic) are in general suitable
by this criterion but basic are less likely to transmit light. Anyway
I am enjoying the testing and its surprises. “Life is like a box of
rocks - you never know what you’re going to get next”.
Yes, I think super-thin slicing is an excellent idea Paul. I found
though that both 1 mm and 1/2 mm slices of nephrite transmitted a lot
of light and enhanced the stone greatly but the two samples were very
different in light-effect.
Also, a heads up on the new lighting technologies. I bought a
pocket-sized flashlight the other day and I would not want to look
directly at the beam. I do not know if they call this “laser” but it
is powerful. That is what I am using for these light tests by simply
mounting slices on a piece of cardboard and shining the flashlight
Also, artistically, why think only lamps and windows? I expect
craftsmen could make many shapes and figures and implant the lights
in an aesthetic way. I wonder what a nice Buckminster Fuller Sphere
would be like made of many rock slices?
I guess it is like a combination of small stone mosaics which the
ancient Romans started (someone may correct that) and stained glass
art so the possibilities are almost endless. I plan to glass in a
carport wall and build a lean-to greenhouse beside it. Clear glass
for the entire separating wall was what I had in mind. Why not a
stone mosaic wall which transmits light; or partially coloured stone
slices and partially clear glass to see into the greenhouse?