Sailboat Night Light
3.5" x 4.25" - Lithophanes were conceived in 1827, when it was discovered that a remarkable three dimensional image could be produced by shining light through a carving of varied thicknesses in porcelain. These beautiful transparencies are achieved by first carving the image into beeswax. The translucency of the wax allows the artist to see the result of his labor as he works. A plaster casting is taken from this masterwork, then a fine porcelain paste is pressed into this mold. The panels are kiln fired to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit to achieve their extreme density and amazing translucency. Over half do not survive this process; a testimony to the difficulty of this technique. Lithophanes were popularized during the Victorian era. At Many Hands we feature these beautiful Lithophane nightlights as a reminder of our Victorian Seaport heritage here in Eureka, California. These nightlights make a wonderful addition to bathrooms and bedrooms, providing a warm soft glowing light.