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Apple and Blossoms

Art Glass Paperweight

Created by Clinton Smith
This large weight features a sprig of apple blossoms encased in crystal glass shaped into an apple form and sandblasted into a matte finish. The apple features two polished windows that showcase the blossoms inside and a stem at the top of the apple.

Elements featuring flora and fauna are made by the process of lampworking. This includes using colored rods of glass and a torch that melts the glass so it may be worked into the shapes and designs desired. After the elements are made, they are assembled together into a composition to reflect the environment Smith wants to create. Next, glass crystal gobs encase the assembled design in a kiln. The crystal mass, including the assembled design inside, are formed into a final spherical shape. The bottom is ground down to a polish, and the paperweight is signed. Each piece is unique; slight variations may occur from piece to piece.

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