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The original paperweights were first produced in 1968 by Barry Needham as a form of therapy for muscular dystrophy. One day a friend challenged him to encapsulate a dandelion clock. Barry met this challenge head on and after numerous attempts and with meticulous patience he finally succeeded to everyone's amazement.

After his death the designs were refined by his brother, Alan Needham, into the products that we offer today. When Alan Needham started producing the paperweights on a commercial basis, his objective was "to create the unusual, bordering on the impossible". Clear polyester resin, containing a UV filter to stop fading, is used to embed the botanical specimens without destroying them, as molten glass would, and the globe shape allows the specimen to be seen in its beauty from all angles, creating a crystal clear effect.

The magic of paperweights

Many of the blooms and seed heads we use in our paperweights are hand gathered from our carefully tended gardens or the surrounding countryside. Located in the middle of Margam Forest, we are constantly experimenting with new specimens for you to enjoy in the future.

Once dried using a range of techniques designed to preserve their natural beauty, our specimens are cast in clear resin and then individually turned and polished to a superb finish.

Popular with collectors, these unique paperweights make the perfect gift or promotion.

Honoured by the Prince of Wales

Hafod Grange Ltd was awarded the Prince of Wales Shield in 1975 for quality crafts in Wales. Captivated by the unique paperweights, HRH Prince Charles presented the award personally.

Our clients include:

  • Royal Mint,
  • Christies Hospital,
  • Ness Botanical Gardens,
  • Welsh Labour Party,
  • Wembley Stadium,
  • World Wildlife Fund

To order one of our unique paperweights use our online shop or alternatively, call Hafod Grange Ltd on

01639 885 349

sales@hafodgrange.co.uk