I’ve visited other glassblowers’ shops and homes, and frequently you will see many unique handmade glass articles hidden in the exterior landscaping.
Some years ago I had acquired from West Virginia a “Double Bubble” four-part cast iron glassblowing mold, which I believe was originally intended to make very pretty ceiling light fixtures.
I’ve wanted to use that mold to make some interesting landscape lighting in the front of our home, along the front walkway, and that project finally got to the top of my to-do list (and now it is to-done! Ace Hardware is smart for using that phrase), here are some initial photographs, of the first six lights.
My neighbor calls them my “Lighthouse Lights”, because the “Double Bubble” glass sits on top of the white bases, and that’s OK with me, because the small pebbles on the ground have the off-white/tan color of sand anyway.
Home Depot sells a variety of outdoor-rated landscape lighting under the brand name “Hampton Bay”. The kit is the Hampton Bay 10-Light 4 Watt Low Voltage Landscape Path Light Kit, Model# EL0262BK, Store SKU # 154749.
Here is the product description from the Home Depot website:
|Line a walkway, accent a yard, or illuminate a porch or patio, by installing these Hampton Bay Outdoor Black Low-Voltage Landscape Path Lights (10-Pack) that feature an all-weather plastic construction to withstand the elements for long-lasting use. Their frosted glass lenses provide gentle illumination, powered by a 45-watt low-voltage landscape transformer for reliability. 50 ft. of included 18-gauge low-voltage wire allows flexible installation and placement options.
The kit includes an outdoor low-voltage transformer with an adjustable timer control (on when dark, or bulb lights automatically when becomes dark and then stays on for 4 hours, 6 hours, or 8 hours). This is basically a 120 VAC to 12 VAC 45 watt transformer. Should the bulbs burn out, the 12 volt 4 watt low wattage incandescent wedge bulbs can be purchased separately.
Because my plan was to replace the outer parts of these lights with my own glass art, I could purchase the least expensive plastic fixtures (no need to to pay for more expensive aluminum parts which would be discarded anyway). And I could not use solar/LED lights because I intended to completely cover the guts of the fixtures with my own glass, and there would not be room for the mini solar panels (photocells). I believe current pricing is around $45, the equivalent kit using aluminum fixtures would be three to four times more expensive.
I’ve never done a project like this before, but it was fun. Below are close-ups of some of my landscape lighting, both lit and unlit.
Below is a photo showing the completion with all ten lights installed and setup (click for full-size image):