Glass as a material

The majority of our products are made using a molten furnace glass that is free-blown to create our hollow shades. This glass is melted at 1100 °C from batch material and is carefully annealed over 24 hours before being cold worked and polished for fixtures and fittings. Solid glass can also be gathered from the furnace and used to produce smaller more decorative elements for chandeliers or sculptural installations. We tend to use scientific borosilicate glass when the design requires a precise form such as with our Empire lights or Spindle Pendants. This glass is produced in clear tubular lengths and then hand formed on a lathe using torches.

Colour

We add colour to the glass using a chunk of solid concentrated rod which is cut to size depending on the scale of the object that is being made. The piece is then pre-heated to 500°C and attached to the end of the blowing iron. Once heated, a small bubble is blown and clear glass from the furnace is gathered over the top. The colour then spreads throughout the piece, as the shape is being blown. This method allows us to use a large tonal range of colours. Borosilicate glass is only available in clear though we offer an optic (ribbed) or frosted finish.

Chunk of solid coloured glass rod in a bench vice
Handblown glass on the end of a blowing iron being cut with snips
Mark Bickers pulling out a long, twisting glass form

Quality & Detail

Attention to detail is at the heart of Rothschild & Bickers from the handblown shades to the individual components which make up each light. The quality of every element is exceptional; from delicately woven flexes and trimmings to hand spun metal canopies and ceiling roses. There are a wealth of options available including plated finishes and glass colours giving the customer a genuinely bespoke design experience.

Made in the UK

We strive as much as possible to make all the elements for our lighting in the UK. Not only do we craft our glass shades but we buy the majority of our metal parts and flex from British manufacturers. The finished product can encompass a large collection of processes from laser cutting to plating, all of which are sourced locally. All of our suppliers are masters in their own field and work with us to create unique products for our bespoke orders.

Antique Brass metal lampholders waiting for assembly
Pressed metal parts in a copper finish
Reels of fabric covered electrical flex in a variety of colours