Three Types of Glass Lamp Shades

There are many ways in which glass is used in the manufacture of quality table lamps. The work that has been put into some of these lamp shades makes it look as though they have been constructed of materials other than glass with painted features, etched designs and molded shapes used to create all manner of lamp shades. There are three different ways in which glass can be presented to create table lamps.

The types of glass we will discuss are stained glass, amber glass and frosted glass. All of the types of glass can be fashioned into lamp shades but the use of each may be very different and the end result can be completely different.

The type of glass that is most commonly used is stained glass. It is best known as the style of lamp sold as Tiffany table lamps with the many designs and patterns featured in a range that is quite diverse over many years. While Tiffany lamps are the best known type of stained glass lamps, there are many other styles available giving you great scope to add the material to the home.

You will find that some of the older styles of lamp shades were commonly made using amber glass. The result of using this yellowish glass is that the illumination is given a softer and more muted appearance. Many of the lamps made using amber glass in the lamp shades were known as mica lamps and they will look perfect as part of an older decorative style.

The third type of glass that is extremely diverse in its appearance and application is frosted glass and it can be crafted into many different styles and looks. Although frosted glass table lamps have been created for many years and many antique lamp shades are available using it, it is also still used to make contemporary lamp shades. The fact that the frosted glass can be very lightly applied or extremely heavy means that it can also be given quite diverse decorative features.

The way in which glass can be blown, shaped and molded as well as the colors and patterns that can be added to it means that it is one of the most versatile materials available for use in the creation of lamp shades.