A paperweight experiment

Debra Burgin PaperweightI’ve always wanted to stamp the insert to a glass paperweight.  The difficulty was finding the paperweight.  I thought I’d find dozens when antiquing, but no.

When we were on a day trip across the state last fall with a group, I stopped at Willows in Dubuque during my “free” time.  (I kept a close watch on my cell phone so as not to be the one the entire bus was waiting for.)  DH and I had been in Dubuque a few years ago, but it wasn’t until this tour that I realized what a great little city it is, thanks to our fab tour guide.  He was a former high school history teacher, born and bred in Dubuque, and was full of so many stories.  And not only stories — he brought his guitar and favored us with his own music about the area.  It was a wonderful day from start to finish.

Anyway, there at Willows I found a paperweight.  And here it has rested for all these many months.  I didn’t realize it was a magnifying paperweight until I read about such a thing in a magazine and tested mine out.  That added a challenge to the stamping project.

These are the ideas that come to me at bedtime, and sometimes I spring up out of bed, DH asks what the matter is (and it really wouldn’t matter what I replied), and I don sweat pants and warm slippers and head to the studio.  Amazing how time flies when it is quiet and the creativity is everywhere.

And now to figure out how to attach it to the glass.  There is no inside lip (as on old milk bottles) that will hold the project in place.  Perhaps some judiciously placed glue dots will do.

It looks really pretty under the paperweight, but getting a photo of it will be impossible.  It will be out at Super Saturday!

Stamps:  A to Z (p. 152), French Foliage (p. 115), Falling Leaves (p. 29)

Ink/Color:  River Rock, Soft Suede (ink and marker), More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Crumb Cake (marker)

Paper:  River Rock, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory

Other:  Big Shot, Circles #2 Die, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge Daubers, 3/8″ Twill Tape, Linen Thread, Vintage Trinkets

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