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Zarayunga Poison Dart Frog Miniature Paperweight

Art Glass Paperweight

Created by Clinton Smith
This miniature paperweight features a Zarayunga Poison Dart Frog encased in crystal glass. Bamboo and a single tropical flower enhance this piece on a background that depicts the jungle floor.

The flora and fauna are made by the process of lampworking, which involves the use of a torch to melt colored rods of glass so they may be worked into the shapes and designs desired. After the elements are made, they are assembled together in a composition to reflect the environment Smith wants to create. Next, glass crystal encases 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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