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PhotoWeights include everything you'll need to create a custom paperweight with a favorite photograph.

Each paperweight kit includes:

  • Instruction card with step-by-step photos.
  • Self-adhesive mounting board (keeps your image rigid and flat).
  • Self-adhesive bottom pad (covers the bottom surface of the paperweight).

Before you begin your project, it's important to clean your paperweights with streak-free glass cleaner to remove any fingerprints, dust, or smudges. This step will help ensure your bottom pad's adhesive adheres properly to the surface of the glass.




ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS





1. Your paperweight will include a finishing kit (mounting board for your artwork and a bottom pad).
2. Remove the protective film to expose the adhesive on the mounting board.
3. Place the adhesive side of the board onto the back of the image being displayed in the paperweight. (We're using a vintage postcard.)
4. Using a pair of scissors, trim any material that extends beyond the edge of the mounting board.





5. Place the mounting board (image side down) within the recessed area on the bottom of the paperweight. (Don't forget to clean your paperweight first.)
6. Remove the protective film to expose the adhesive on the bottom pad.
7. Carefully center the pad across the base of the paperweight and apply. (You can practice centering the pad prior to exposing the adhesive.)
8. The artwork is captured within the glass.

If you use glue in your project, allow it to dry completely before you place it within the paperweight. If the glue is not dry, a hazy condensation may form within the glass.


ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS - DOME PAPERWEIGHTS





1. Your paperweight will include a finishing kit (mounting board for your artwork and a bottom pad).
2. Remove the protective film to expose the adhesive on the mounting board.
3. Place the adhesive side of the board on the back of your image or artwork. If you're displaying an object like we are, use fabric or paper to act as a background.
4. Using a pair of scissors, trim any material that extends beyond the edge of the mounting board.





5. (Optional) If you're displaying objects, attach them directly to the background material you applied to the mounting board.
6. Remove the protective film to expose the adhesive on the bottom pad.
7. Apply the finished mounting board to the center of the adhesive side of the bottom pad.
8. Center the bottom pad over the base of the paperweight (artwork down) and slowly lower it onto the glass to secure. (Don't forget to clean your paperweight first.)


9. The finished design is captured within the glass and is slightly magnified under the dome.

If you use glue in your project, allow it to dry completely before you place it within the paperweight. If the glue is not dry, a hazy condensation may form within the glass.



DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS & BACKGROUNDS

Most of our paperweights styles have enough interior space to display dimensional items. Each paperweight's product page will tell you the depth of the artwork area. The item you wish to display will need to be slightly smaller than this measurement.

The example paperweight pictured showcases an antique watch fob. To achieve this design, smooth paper was placed over the adhesive side of the mounting board. We glued parts of an old book spine to the paper to create a background. The watch fob was adhered to the background with hot melt glue.

Another example of displaying dimensional objects may be found in the step-by-step instructions for the dome paperweight (above). A swatch of textured paper from the cover of an old scrapbook album was used as the background.



A QUICK TIP TO CONCEAL THE ADHESIVE SIDE OF YOUR PAPERWEIGHT'S BOTTOM PAD

An easy step to achieving more professional looking paperweight designs is to apply paint to the bottom surface of the glass that comes into contact with your paperweight kit's adhesive pad.  This will conceal the adhesive side of the pad that's often visible through the glass.  In its place you'll see a color or metallic.

Read our Design Blog Post for details.








LATEST DESIGN BLOG POSTS

Our Design Blog is the perfect place to find some design inspiration for your paperweight projects.  Here are our three most recent projects.  Click an image to view the post.







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