Creative Placement of NightOrbs™

Peter Tow, an architect from New York City, specified NightOrbs™ as part of the night lighting around his client’s home in Jakarta, Indonesia. Here’s a look at part of his order before it was shipped out:

part of an order of 13 large 18 inch night orbs

Check Out the Final Project!

nightorbs projectPeter installed thirteen 18″ and three 13″ NightOrbs™ alongside the client’s pool space.

Other 12 – 8” orbs have been placed in large exterior planters for additional ambiance and lighting. NightOrbs™ are the perfect addition to any outdoor and indoor space to enhance lighting and design.

Please note that NightOrbs™ are individually signed by the artist and dated. Tom Rupnicki is also a sculptor using ceramic and GFRC Glass fiber reinforced concrete.

If you would like to see more of Tom Rupnicki’s art, visit his website.

Watch Our Video to See These Giant Orbs Come to Life

2 foot diameter golden night orbsWe recently took on the challenge of blowing 5 24″ gold NightOrbs™ for a customer in Sunnyvale, CA.  That’s right, these orbs were two feet in diameter, weighing in over 40 pounds each!

Watch As We Create These Huge Orbs

Check out this video where you can see us in action as our team crafts these beautiful giants:

Luckily, our state-of-the-art studio was outfitted for the job! It took a team of four strong, highly-skilled workers to craft these big orbs. As with every orb, the process began by forming an opaque, white cylinder to create the foundation. The white orb then gets a metallic oxide coating, which gives the finished product an iridescent quality.

The cylinder reaches 1,300° before the team melts in more color, trimming as needed. Next comes chaos wrapping, a process of wrapping different colors around the orb and manipulating them into desired patterns. The resulting combination of color provides a beautiful luminescent appearance.

Lastly, the team spins the orb, continuing that process until it cools down and reaches the desired shape and size.

Outdoor Lighting Completes a Landscape Design

8″ NightOrbs with polished granite base on granite stepsA good landscape plan and implementation can put you in closer communication to the natural world and all the joys of color, fragrance and movement that that entails.

Different shrubs bloom from mid-winter through summer and even in fall. Later fall colors and berries delight the senses. Herbaceous material can start in late winter with early bulbs and continue through summer and into late fall with various perennials. These blooms and fruit not only give us color and fragrances but also provide food for pollinators, beneficial insects, butterflies and birds. They draw the natural world closer to us.

Nature is Always Changing

Show off your property, even at nightBut what happens when the sun sets?

What happens when the birds roost and insect life settles down for the night?

That’s when good landscape lighting can extend the joys of the garden into the night time.

Pathways and patios can be subtly lit, trees can be highlighted by well-placed accent lights and even water features can be enhanced.

A Garden Path Lit With LED LightsWe use a 12 volt system and LED fixtures that use a fraction of electricity of older systems.

And for added interest, why not try using some Night Orbs to bring even more interest to the nightscape? During the day they blend into the landscape as multicolored glass spheres but at night they are illuminated with great effect. Night Orbs can be terrestrial, aerial or aquatic.

With quality naturalistic landscaping and nighttime illumination your outdoors can be a wonderland of the natural world.

Learn more about Naturescapes.

About the Author

John Fridy, whose company is Naturescapes, has been doing naturalistic landscapes and related horticultural work for the past 45 years.

Naturescapes is an ideation and implementation (design and install) company whose focus is naturalistic design (read low maintenance) utilizing native plant material as much as possible. John’s company also does ponds, waterfalls, retaining walls, walkways, patios, outdoor lighting, drainage issues, etc.

Naturescapes creates environments that not only appeal to the clients but are very environmentally friendly and attract birds, butterflies, humming birds and beneficial insects. Their designs involve the senses and offer winter interest as well as sequentially blooming trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs.

It’s Our Biggest Sale Yet: 50% Off Your Favorite NightOrbs™!

decorative garden ballsFrom now until April 20th, we will be offering 50% on standard color 8” orbs. That means you can get an orb starting at $450 $225!

Plus, we are offering 35% off both interior and exterior orblets, which means you can get one for as little as $150 $97.50.

This is the biggest collection of orbs we have included in a sale, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to purchase your favorite orb.

Not sure where to get started?

  1. Pick Your Orb: Check out our store to determine which orb you want. Choose from the standard 8” orbs, 4” exterior orblet, and 4” interior orblet.
  2. Request Your Quote: Because all orbs are made to order, the best way to get exactly what you want is to request your quote with our online order form.

Once you complete the form, we’ll be in touch to finalize your order!

 

Pick a Creative Place to Display an Orb and Win a Free NightOrb™

Do you want to win a free NightOrb™?

nightorbs in waterAll you need to do is let us know the most unique place you can think of to display an orb. Complete the form below and add an image if you have a specific spot you would display an orb. NightOrbs™ creator Tom Rupnicki will choose the most unique setting and the winner will receive a free 8” NightOrb™ of their choosing! The deadline is April 20th, 2018.

Note: Only 1 entry per person allowed. We will share some responses on our social media profiles, so please verify whether we can use your first name & last initial if we share your submission.

Enter the Contest!

 

The Beauty of Simplicity

white night orbs

We are impressed with one of our customer’s recent use of white NightOrbs™.

Our client wanted to add some stylish, yet minimalist flair to their modern home. They placed 3 large white orbs (13″, 18″, and 24″ in diameter) in a water feature in front of their house.

The home is located in Southern California.

Happy Holidays — Take 25% Off All Orbs. Plus, 50% Off Select Styles!

The holidays are fast approaching, and the pressure is on to hunt for the perfect gift.

A NightOrb™ makes a wonderful gift for anyone in your life. Plus, you’ll be supporting local artists who have committed much of their time into making these handmade orbs.

Plus, now is the perfect time to bring home an orb for that special someone. For a limited time, get 25% off all orbs. Looking for an even better deal? We are also offering 50% off 8-inch, exterior orbs in Mars and Neptune styles.

If you want to receive your orb in time for Christmas, you must order by 12/15/17.

Some of Our 25% Off Styles

Interested in seeing more? Check out our full selection of orbs. Prices shown in the store do not reflect the holiday discount. You must use the quote form to get your 25% off!

50% Off Mars & Neptune Orbs

Check out the Mars and Neptune orbs in the gallery below:

Both options come in mottled or swirled patterns. To check these out, visit the 8″ orb product page.

Use our quote form or call us at 484.620.2976 to get your discounted orb! Note that all prices shown in the store are regular price. You must use the quote form to ensure you will receive the discount.

Be sure to act fast–you must place your order by 12/15 to ensure it comes in time for Christmas. Happy holidays on behalf of all of us at NightOrbs™!

The Magic of Color

Stephen Powell's Art

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark: the real tragedy of life is when adults are afraid of the light. -Plato (427-347 B.C.)

On a recent trip to Chicago, I attended SOFA (Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art Exposition).

This annual event showcases some of the premier glass artists in the country.

There were two artists that grabbed my attention with their use of color and light: Stephen Powell, who I have admired for years, and Stephen Knapp, a new artist to me.

How Stephen Knapp Makes Color Dance

Stephan Knapp's blown glass artKnapp uses light and reflection to make colors that appear to dance. He does this by making various shaped glass sandwiches with clear glass and thin slices of color filaments that are hung perpendicular to the wall.

He shines spotlights through the sandwiches creating colored shadows of different shapes.  His light-paintings make visible the light that surrounds us and transforms it into something physical yet transient.

Stephen Powell’s Breathtaking Sculptures

Powell’s sculptures are based on his extensive work with color. He first wraps various colors around a clear glass rod, stretches it out, and cuts it into small round pieces called murini.

These are laid out on a metal plate which is heated. He then heats a clear glass cylinder which is attached to a blowpipe and rolls over the 2,500 murinis and attaches them to the glass bubble. He then gathers more clear glass and blows the bubble out stretching the murine and making them appear three-dimensional. The effect is a breathtaking and delightful.

Color is Delightful at Any Age

“Color delights us from cradle to grave, it grooves some optical pleasure zone that seems almost beyond language, and it is everywhere celebrated in the almost irrepressibly vivacious glass sculpture of Stephen Powell.”

I refer to these two glass artists whose work combines color and light, providing a luminosity that cannot be duplicated with any other medium.

New Interior NightOrbs™ With Polished Marble Base & 25% Off Exterior Orbs

The Power of Color

“We do not live in a black and white world, color is vital to the human experience, color generates a psychic response. Colortheraphy or Chromotherapy is the science which uses different colors to change or maintain vibrations of the body to that frequency which signifies health, ease, and harmony. These color rays may be visible or invisible to the human eye, and they can be applied to the body either physically, through definite exposure to the light rays themselves, or mentally, through techniques of suggestion, visualization, or meditation. Healing by means of color was probably the first type of therapy used by man because It was nature’s own method and a natural device for keeping the organism in balance and rhythm.”

R.B. Amber

A quote from one of my favorite heroes:

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

-Marcus Aurelius

End of Summer Sale: 25% Off All 8″ & 4″ Exterior NightOrbs™

orb sale

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to get yourself an orb for 25% off! We are running a sale on all 8″ and 4″ exterior orbs. Interested in taking advantage of this deal? Fill out the quote request form on the site! Or call us directly at 484-620-2976.

Hurry! Offer ends 9/15/17. Exclusions may apply.

New Interior NightOrbs™ With Polished Marble Base

Yes, our customers have spoken and we have listened. We now provide NightOrbs™ for interiors in 4″ and 8″ options starting at $175.

8" Phobos Orb With Black Base

8″ Interior Phobos Orb With Black Marble Base

You can select from our standard or single colors for your personal taste.

The interior orbs use regular household 110-volt current. We decided to use an energy efficient LED with the ability to dim the orb using the dimming switch provided.

Shop Our Selection of Interior Orbs

Interior orbs come in two sizes and can be shipped for $25. If you are interested in more custom options, feel free to contact us.

8" Jupiter Orb With Green Base

8″ Jupiter Interior Orb With Green Marble Base

The 8″ interior orb comes with the choice of a black or green marble base. The cost is $450, but we are currently running a special price–$350!

Shop 8″ Interior Orbs

4" Pale Gold Orb

4″ Interior Pale Gold Orb with Black Marble Base

The 4″ interior orb comes with a black marble base and costs $175.

Shop 4″ Interior Orb

Early Spring Sale…50% Off On Selected In Stock 8 inch NightOrbs™

NightOrbs™ is now stocking a selected group of hand blown exterior 8 inch NightOrbs™ and is having a 50% off limited time Early Spring sale on Neptune, Mars and Mercury 8 inch NightOrbs™. This limited one time sale is good until April 30, 2017.

Artisan glass blower Tom Rupnicki is now offering these one-of-a-kind, unique, hand blown popular 8 inch NightOrbs™ in stock to meet your clients needs and tight deadlines.

These NightOrbs™ can be used either inside or outside and are ¼ inch thick and are prefect for adding color and interest to landscapes, waterscapes, healing gardens and interiors.  Contact us by emailing info@nightorbs.com or filling out a request a quote form to order yours today and receive 50% off for Neptune, Mars and Mercury exterior 8 inch NightOrbs™.

Offer is good only for the colors listed above until April 30, 2017 so order today!!!

Hanging Light NightOrbs