I've been playing with hanging lanterns lately. When you're crafting a light-bringing vessel that hangs from a ceiling, there are several specific considerations...
- Strength- particularly at the point of attachment. (You don't want a five-ten pound ceramic chandelier falling like a depth charge on someone's head)
- Discrete, efficient passage for the wiring
- Aesthetically pleasing casting of light
I also realized- upon assembly- that there's a significant functional problem remaining. I can attach the glass lenses to the aperture (using silica adhesive). However, if the bulb is inside the lantern- this would mean that the owner would have to pull the glass panels off and re-attach every time he/she needed to change the bulb.
This is not a big, hairy deal if I'm to be the user... but if I want to sell the thing, it's more of a problem.
There are a couple possible 'fixes'...
I could make one side of the lantern 'hinged' to open. This would- of course, necessitate the use of hardware.
Alternatively, I could leave an aperture in the base.
Neither option seems ideal.
Still- I really like the look of the piece (in actuality, I think that the oversight on the 'roof' may have been a good thing). Definitely worthy of further exploration.