The handblown Lost in Spacesyde Paperweight Virginia and Tony create are extremely collectible. Virginia and Tony make these with great care and devotion by at their glassblowing studio in Halton Hills, On. This millefiore and filigrana cane creation uses Venetian influenced glass making techniques.
These elaborate pattern making techniques of pieces included in this paperweight are extremely laborious. Years ago when first introduced, Millefiore glass was rare and considered suitable for only the uppermost tables of society.
The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers).; meaning together a thousand flowers! What a beautiful name for a beautiful design.
The millefiori technique involves the production of glass canes or murrini rods. They have multicolored patterns that run throughout the rod. These patterns are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane. A murrine rod is created, heated in a furnace and pulled until thin while still maintaining the cross section’s design. They are fused together again with other rods and cut to create flower patterns.
The Lost in Spacesyde Paperweight includes murrini slices, dichroic glass, filigree and ribbon glass rods and glass florets created in the glass blowing studio. There are many different pieces of special glass contained in this paperweight. It will delight one for hours, examining it from all directions.
Virginia and Tony create anneal all handblown paperweights in a digitally controlled annealer for strength and durability. The image you see is the piece you will receive should you make a purchase. Thank you for supporting fine Canadian Handblown art glass.
To learn more on murrini making see the video. Click the ‘Glass Blowing Studio Videos’ link in the menu on the bottom of the page.
pa*per*weight (n). Is a small, heavy, often decorative object. Paperweights placed on loose papers hold them down. Paperweights are collectible, contemporary objects of beauty.