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Handcrafted glass paperweights

handcrafted glass paperweight by master artist Rick Ayotte
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.



How handcrafted glass paperweight are made

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


Antique glass paperweights


Glass paperweight blanks

www.photoweights.com, not really the same thing but interesting for home-based crafts projects


My Paperweights Links

Ayotte Glass Studio Contact and Gallery Information


Welcome to Touchstone Glass!

L.H.Selmann, paperweight dealer

Art of Venice, murano glass galley goblets, vases, sculptures, paperweights


Delaware Valley Chapter-Paperweight Collectors Association


Glass Gallery - Personal collection of lampwork beads created by artisan Ania Kyte of TurtleBeads Studio, B.C., Canada.


Glass Line - Vol.19, Index


International Society of Glass Beadmakers


Lenda Dewyer - Lampwork Glass Beads and Jewelry


Ocean Gold Apple 22 ct gold in surface - Alum Bay - Yelverton Paperweight Centre


Josh Simpson Contemporary Glass


The Glass Gallery of Art with Antique Paperweights Modern Paperweights, Glass Jewelry, Marbles

Glass Attic


Banford Glass Paperweights - Fine Glass Paperweights, Art Glass and Hot Glass since 1973


Paperweights for sale - buy quality glass paperweights online from the Yelverton Paperweight Centre


Paperweights from Hafod Grange, an ideal gift for all occasions


Yasutomo Fine Art Materials, Crafts Supplies and Writing Instruments

handcrafted glass paperweights, style millefiori, typical of Murano, Venice, Italy






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