Can I seal this?

oldcraftyFebruary 4, 2013

I posted this in the garden junk forum asking for opinions about the color I painted the base. Both pieces I obtained while junking and they seemed to go together for a nice mushroom for my garden. Almost all responses came back that I should not place the stained glass part in the outdoors. It was formerly a hanging light fixture, that I removed all the light parts from.It is extremely pretty but I have no place for it in my house as it is 21 1/2 " across at bottom. Is there anything that I can seal it with to help protect it from the elements? I don't want to get rid of it as I love it but not sure I want it to ruin either.

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nicethyme

what is supposed to happen to it if it were outside? it would oxidize on the metal but why can't it be outside otherwise?

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 6:00PM
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texaswild

Man, I love that lamp. I could find a wonderful place in my Bohemian-style house for it. Re the sealing, how about the resin that some artist use to seal their glass mosaics. Don't know how difficult it w/be for that shape, but that just comes to mind. LOVE that lamp. Waaaaah - wish you'd have offered it for sale.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 6:01PM
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silvamae

I would do it. It'll be an interesting experiment. I don't see why you couldn't seal it, perhaps with a spray.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 6:04PM
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wackyweeder

Oh my lord I love the colors. The only thing I can imagine it would hurt would be the leading, over time. I would see about sealing the leading with beeswax or something maybe. Its fabulous. Nail it down so someone doesnt steal it!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 8:07PM
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ohtobedone

If you seal it the moisture will seep unter the copper foil and the adhesive will let go of the glass sooner. This was made with the copper foil method or tiffany method. The heat from the sun will do the same thing after awhile. I've repaired alot of suncatchers that have come apart in time. Hope this helps. Sally

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 9:45AM
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nicethyme

that explains it, thanks Ohtobedone

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 1:09PM
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oldcrafty

Thanks Otobedone.... makes sense. Guess I will just have to try and make a covered area or just enjoy it for however long it lasts

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 2:15PM
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texaswild

Or you could send it to me to put inside my crazy house. LOL.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 9:27AM
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oldcrafty

Slow I know it would fit perfectly in your house! I am at this time having second thoughts on putting it outside. It would be a shame to have such a lovely piece fall apart after a short time of being "abused". The question... What should I do? keeps popping into my head!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 12:38PM
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texaswild

Put it back together as a lamp and set that beauty on a mosaiced pedestal all by itself. Betcha if you look around your house, you can find a little corner. I'm soooooo glad you're not putting it outside. It's a real beauty.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 9:08AM
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