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I found this beautiful tiffany style lamp, the bottom is  says made in chins 2007.08. My bike handle fell on it and caused a ping pong size whole in it. It is a used lamp shade large with lots of detail, can this be fixed?? Is it worth it? The lamp is a bell shape.  Thank You.

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Gabriella,

Most likely the lampshade can be repaired. There are hundreds of these Chinese renditions of the Tiffany style lampshades and other stained glass panels being imported into the U.S. It is impossible for most stained glass studios to compete with the price, but the quality of their construction in no way compares to work done by reputable U.S. studios. We also cannot, nor do we, work for Chinese wages.

Virtually any qualified stained glass studio can repair the hole in your lampshade. I do similar repairs on a regular basis; especially when they begin to fall apart because of inferior fabrication techniques.

Is it worth repairing? It depends on how much you value the lampshade. From your description, I am guessing $75 to $100 to do the repair; depending on the going rate for studio time for this kind of work. Can you buy a comparable lampshade for that? It will likely be difficult to match the Chinese made glass from which it is made, but "close" should work given the lack of real intrinsic value to these lampshades and I think you will be happy with the result if you choose to have it repaired.

Just as a point of reference, I have one of the Chinese lampshades in my living room. I cannot buy the materials and spend the time to  make one for what I paid for it at Lowe's. This becomes, then, a personal choice as to the value you place on the lampshade. If you like it and can afford the repair, go for it.

I hope this answers your question with some degree of satisfaction. Good luck.

Respectfully,

Carl Trimble
Trimble Studios
www.trimblestudios.com
carl@trimblestudios.com  

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One of a kind custom design stained glass as well as other glass art methods and the restoration of stained glass. Inquiries regarding leaded, beveled, etched sand carved, and fused glass techniques are invited. Other methods, technical questions,history of the art and supply source inquiries also welcome. Information on the pro's and con's of protective glazing of stained glass windows. Visit www.TrimbleStudios.com for more complete information.

Experience

Over forty years experience in a wide range of techniques that include "stained glass", wood working and metal fabrication. Have worked from my own full service studio since 1977. Many major residential, commercial and religious installations from Charlottesville, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia to San Diego California as well as much of the State of Texas

Organizations
Professional Affiliate,Certified Trainer, and Preferred Provider for the American Institute of Architects, AIA, Dallas, Texas. I have served on the Board of Directors of both the Texas Fine Arts Association and the Texas Visual Arts Association

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Texas, Tyler. Master of Fine Arts, The University of North Texas, Denton. Just a few hours short of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Awards and Honors
Many first place and best of show awards in both stained glass and fine arts competitions. Steady commission work for the past ten years has obviated any recent competitive activity.

Past/Present Clients
Most recent major commissions are for American Airlines CR Smith Museum; JFK Airport Terminal 8 stained glass; TXU Energy Plaza Thor stained glass. The Mansion at Turtle Creek, Dallas and and St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, Texas

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