A Rick Ayotte paperweight
I came across handcrafted glass paperweights after reading a pamphlet explaning how to make paperweights in resin. As beautiful as it was, I realized that glass paperweights would be more interesting to do. But how?
I had already worked with glass and made some glass beads but I realized I wanted something more unique.
Unfortunately, I also realized that this craft was way too complicated to do at home and so I just abandoned the idea but kept my interest in it.
You need to have a proper workshop with expensive tools to make a paperweight, but mostly you need an efficient oven to melt the glass, special stamps and a vacuum pump to remove the air bubbles from the glass (see here as well as an example)
You make the decorations and sculptures inside the paperweight with smaller lamps and tools also used to make glass beads.
And here just a corollary video which shows you how to make glass sculptures. You can either leave them as stand-alone objects or integrate them in a paperweight.
Another great video with artist Josh Simpson
www.photoweights.com, not really the same thing but interesting for home-based crafts projects
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