Paul Stankard is arguably the premier paperweight maker of all time, and unquestionably in the area of botanical representations. To look at his paperweights is to know awe: the intricate detail of the flowers, roots, bugs, bees – the delicacy of the stamens, the fine fuzz on the bees, the antennae – a moment of nature, frozen for eternity.
How does he get those flowers and insects inside the glass without burning them up? The secret is: they are made of glass too. They are tiny perfect sculptures, he makes them all by hand – and then encases them with more glass. And the end result is truly breath-taking. Check it out!