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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2006, 07:04:03 PM »
I have to say that I like the first one you posted, the colours are adorable - and I also like the one you showed on using my photograph techniques.

The second isn't my cup of tea colourwise, it reminds me of army camouflage gear.

The third one is difficult to relate to, but I like the orangey colour base.

The last one reminds me of some of the marbles I had when I was at school.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2006, 07:13:38 PM »
I really love the first one!  Stunning colour combination!   :shock:  And I like the one in the other thread very much, too!   :D  

I actually quite like the 'Camo gear' one, 'cos I like green  :roll:  although I'd prefer a bit more pink in it.  Oh no!  What was that thread about pink and green together being a fashion faux pas?   :shock:  :oops:   :lol:
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2006, 07:25:10 PM »
Actually, Adam, following up on a comment you made in another thread:  I'd love to sign up for one of your courses, if I can do lampwork and pulling millefiori canes!  I just don't think I'm strong enough to handle a puntil iron and quantities of glass!   :shock:  Maybe a paperweight, but not anything much heavier  :(
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2006, 07:44:52 PM »
Really like your first weight,it reminds me of something from my childhood but I am racking my brain to remember what.whatever it is ,I do like the psychadelic swirls ,great stuff. :D
                       Allan


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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2006, 10:58:55 AM »
Quote from: "Leni"
Actually, Adam, following up on a comment you made in another thread:  I'd love to sign up for one of your courses, if I can do lampwork and pulling millefiori canes!  I just don't think I'm strong enough to handle a puntil iron and quantities of glass!   :shock:  Maybe a paperweight, but not anything much heavier  :(


Typically in a three hour course you would make two small paperweights and one small blown piece. So far everybody has achieved this so I don't think you'd be an exception! The way it works is that if the iron is to heavy for someone, they work at the bench and we re-heat for them......it is just a question of working out which bits people are going to be comfortable with. Go on, you can do it! :D
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2006, 11:25:48 AM »
Quote from: "ALLAN"
Really like your first weight,it reminds me of something from my childhood but I am racking my brain to remember what.whatever it is ,I do like the psychadelic swirls ,great stuff. :D
                       Allan


Thanks Allan.I meant to write some notes about this last night but managed to delete the post and we had people coming for dinner so I had to run.

As you will know, typically carpet ground weights are made as follows..briefly...you make a cane, pull it out, taking care to ensure,the profile remains the same all the way through if possible, cool it down cut it into small pieces, lay it out, warm it up,  pick it up on a post, melt it in and case it. (for those not familiar with the time scale of this precis, it could be two or three weeks work)

What I have done is to by-pass some of the steps, but it is still time-consuming). The cane is made from fifty or sixty thin strands of colour that have been pulled and cut up, sorted and selected. Each is between 1mm and 2mm. These are bundled together, warmed up, picked up on an iron, melted in and marvered. Then this multiple cane is brought to me hot, repetitively, and sheared on to the post. Shearing squeezes the hot cane and changes its profile each time, so although there is an element of uniformity of colour, there is a deliberate distortion as well. once the post is covered, the colour is then melted and marvered in and this further softens the original palette. Then it is cased.

With the fourth one, that Simone mentioned reminded her of a marble, I am using a variation of the same technique but the hot cane is trailed or wrapped around the post. It really looks like a cross between rock strata and a landscape seen through a fish-eye lens.

While there is obviously a commercial side to this, I am not sure whether I am temperamentally suited to becoming a paperweight maker, which requires an inordinate amount of patience nad perseverance! I am just having a lot of fun, playing with glass in my studio and I am not planning to repeat any of these on any appreciable scale. I made the gold one in the butterfly thread alone on a Saturday afternoon for "relaxation"! They are just one-offs, so they next ones may probably be completely different. In some respects that adds value in the sense that they are going to be few and far between, but on the other hand it means that they are not going to get a huge audience.

Mind you, I do like the idea of playing around with facets and a couple of years ago Martin Murray gave me a few tips, so you never know....its just trying to find the time though....!!

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Thanks to all for your kind comments.
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2006, 01:15:34 PM »
For some of us newer posters to the board, where are these lovely paperweights available? Who handles you in the States? Do you have a sales website or only your artist's website? Do you sell direct? I would like to acquire one for my collection. Thanks.


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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2006, 10:51:40 AM »
Wrightoutlook, thanks for your interest. At present none of the galleries in the US that carry my work have any of my paperweights. I have three websites

http://www.aaronsonnoon.com
http://www.adamaaronson.com
http://www.zestgallery.com

But none of the paperweights are shown on them. I just sell these direct. If you go to the Zest gallery site above and email me through the contact link, we can take it from there.

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