These photos are examples of the
colors and shapes of the paperweights available. Size,
color, and shape may differ slightly as these are handmade
objects. Satisfaction is guaranteed.
These pieces are made in layers. The
interior is made first, by blowing and shaping a colored
glass bubble. After this has cooled and hardened a few minutes,
it is dipped into the molten clear glass in a 2000 degree
furnace and coated. Bubbles or ‘air entrapments’ are caught
in indentations and twists and folds made for this purpose
in the colored shape. This ‘gather’ is then brought out
of the furnace and shaped with wooden cups, or a pad of
newspaper soaked in water. The bottoms of the weights are
fire polished with a torch, and the finished piece is put
into a 925 degree annealing oven to cool overnight. This
takes the stresses out of the glass so it will be stable
for thousands of years. The pieces are all signed and dated
by Toby McGee.
Paperweights are wrapped in tissue and shipped in a gift
box, ready to give to a discerning collector, or hard to
buy for executive. Thank you for your interest. Questions
can be directed to Toby by email or phone.