We first introduced the 6″ wide Chain Mail Lantern in 2012, and are pleased to add a new, larger 9″ Chain Mail Lantern to our ever expanding list of lamps and fixtures. This new lantern has a bolder look, while still remaining a light, airy hanging fixture. The original 6″ Chain Mail Lantern is shown to the right of the new 9″ wide fixture.
As shown in these production photos from a previous post, chain mail can be created using any color of glass.
Each individual piece of chain mail is created by hand, in a technique that Irwin refers to as “weaving with glass and metal”. Starting with a small copper framework, which we had made to Tiffany’s original specifications, a piece of hand cut glass is encased within the square. During the process, the small metal loops that tie one square to the next are incorporated. As the squares are attached to one another, a “metal fabric” is created that forms the decorative curtain of the lantern.
The new lantern is 9″ wide and has 8 rows of chain mail. The fixture is shown at 33″ in length, and can be made longer with the addition of more chain. The minimum length of the fixture without any chain is 25″.