The original paperweights were first produced in 1968 by Barry Needham as a form of therapy for his muscular dystrophy.

One day, a friend challenged him to encapsulate a dandelion clock. Barry met this challenge head on and, after numerous failures 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.

The magic of paperweights

Our large paperweights are 85mm (3.5 ins) in diameter and the small are 65mm (2.25 ins).   All sizes are approximate.


Flowers are natural products and as such have variations in colour and size and the pictures are representative of what we can produce.   The paperweight you receive will not look exactly like the one photographed but will be as similar as we can make it.


If you are purchasing the paperweight as a gift and would like to include a message, just let us know and we’ll pop it in with the paperweight.

Honored 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. Browse our range of bespoke paperweights:

Delicate blooms and seed heads encased in flawless resin
Ideas for unusual promotional paperweights
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