Greene & Greene Blacker House Sconces

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Project by JoeMcGlynn posted 10-08-2013 05:21 PM 2809 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a pair of arts & crafts sconces for my house modeled after a design by Greene & Greene used in the Blacker House. Mine are pretty close to the originals as best I can tell from the photos I’ve seen. Probably slightly smaller. The support bar that attaches to the wall is slightly narrower too.

They are straight grained mahogany, finished with linseed oil and wax only. They have darkened up nicely since the pictures were taken. G&G used a more opaque iridized glass in the original, this was my first attempt at stained glass, and was a fairly complex woodworking project for me when I started it. I learned a lot.

There is a complete build up on my personal blog, including two false starts where the scale of the parts was just wrong. Live and learn, eh?

I’m finishing off a recreation of the “Inglenook Sconce” from the Gamble house right now (two more stained glass panels to go), and I think I’ve gotten pretty close to the original details on that.

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 06:16 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 06:30 PM

Great job and great looking! Definitely a favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 10-08-2013 08:14 PM

Nice sconce and beautiful job. Welcome to Green and Greene fan community. I like care of G&G style. Some time ago I made Robinsone House ceiling lamps But I want to make G&G style sconces too. Thanks for sharing .

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#4 posted 10-08-2013 08:36 PM

Love that G&G style. I bet you’ll find no others like these.

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#5 posted 10-08-2013 08:56 PM

Hi Edward – I saw your G&G lights before, very nice job on those by the way!

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#6 posted 10-08-2013 09:12 PM

Joe you have it right on the mark
They look great
Nice fine work and a great finish


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#7 posted 10-09-2013 12:33 AM

Very very nice looking sconces. You did an excellent job, they look great.

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#8 posted 10-09-2013 02:10 AM

Very nice design – the glass work is impressive!

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#9 posted 10-09-2013 02:58 AM

Very nice lights- good job copying the originals. Kind of a light fan myself.

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 03:17 AM

Joe, these are awesome! Great job

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#11 posted 10-10-2013 12:09 AM

Nice fixtures. I’m especially interested in the stained glass. It looks great! Where did you learn to do that?

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#12 posted 10-10-2013 12:45 AM

The glass is pretty easy to do, my 13 year old son and I took a one day class at a local shop. There are a few “tricks” or rules for scoring and breaking glass. A glass grinder is a pretty essential tool if your are doing something other than simple geometric shaped (about $100-$140).

In short, you score and cut out the pieces according to your pattern. Then you mark them where they aren’t quite right and grind them. The parts get cleaned to remove any grinding residue and warmed up on a hotplate to make sure they are dry and to help the adhesive on the foil set up. The copper foil comes in different widths, I think I used 3/16” for this. You stick it to the edge of the glass and fold it over both sides while the glass is warm, and rub it smooth. Then you just fit all the foil-edged parts together, solder it, apply a patina and it’s a wrap.

There are a few more details, but anyone that can do the woodwork could absolutely do the glass too. Big, intricate pieces are harder of course, but something like this is very approachable IMO.

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#13 posted 10-10-2013 12:53 AM

You did a great job on the wall sconce.

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#14 posted 10-10-2013 04:54 PM

Wonderful sconces! Like the great style, your beautiful stained glass has very nice light effects. Great job!

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