Deborah Gibson on Sep 20, 2015
This fascinating and fabulous snow globe arrived in plenty of time for my generous niece to wrap it and give it to me for a very significant birthday. I love it and am grateful to Camryn for rushing it to me (and for making it). It sits in pride of place ... thanks muchly.
About Camryn Forrest Designs
Snow Globes have been around since the turn of the last century. We know for sure that one was created to commemorate the dedication of the Eiffel tower in 1889; only one or two examples of this snow globe exist.
I've always loved tiny things: little chairs, tea cups, miniature shoes, souvenir buildings, tiny toys and ... snow globes. I also love art, and I wondered for many years why I'd go to the most interesting art shows and juried exhibitions and see everything EXCEPT artisan snow globes.
Nature hates a vacuum, and so do I. I set out to learn how to make waterglobes/snowglobes and make them into works of art, above and beyond a plastic dome one brings back from a trip. These are the pieces of artwork I wanted to see for myself.
Working with a technical expert (possibly the only snow globe engineer in the U.S., or the world), I was able to learn through doing, how to create tiny sculptures to fit inside the 2-inch opening of a glass globe, and how to make them so they would not disintegrate in the liquid. I still have some of my first globes prototypes, in which I tried to use tiny watch gears as glitter, and saw them turn into rusty smudges of nothing in a few weeks or less. My “engineer” understands how to make a snowglobe without a bubble (not an easy feat), and how to seal various materials so they can withstand constant moisture. I would not be able to do much of anything without his ongoing expertise and advice.
Some of my waterglobes have a steampunk look, some are salutes to Nikola Tesla, some are a nod to the work of M.C. Escher, some are simply visual puns or shapes that I enjoy. All of my items are handmade and one of a kind. I may make a series on a theme (Tesla is currently tied with Escher with five pieces each), but every single one is made by my own hands, piece by piece, and no two are ever identical. Each snowglobe (or waterglobe, since there is rarely “snow” inside) is signed by me.
As an artist, I feel I am just getting started, and the stacks of notebooks, sketches and ideas I have are waiting to become reality --- some ideas are hovering at the verge, nibbling at my imagination, and must wait until I learn a new technique or find the right material to create them the way I want them to look. For me, this is the best part, as I often surprise myself with the end result. As my skill grows working with various techniques, the range of snow globe designs also grows.
I hope you enjoy them.
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Camryn Forrest, shop owner and designer, is a small-minded person who loves tiny shoes, chairs, buildings, toys and snow globes. There is no formal degree in snowglobes, so every handmade item you see is the result of self-taught trial and error.
After attending art shows for years, and visiting many art shops and galleries, I wondered why I never saw snow globes presented as pieces of art. I began to experiment with making tiny sculptures to place inside liquid-filled globes. With the rich metallics, brass, leather and wood of my designs and "curious inventions", traditional flecks of white “snow” did not look right, so the floating glitter in this liquid is often copper, gold, silver, and rich pewter in tone, glimmering as it sinks and swirls slowly. (Yes, I've tried to use watch gears as "glitter" but so far they rust miserably and eventually stain the liquid brown. Still working on it.)
While the designs range from steampunk to science fiction to visual puns, each snow globe is made one at a time, and is a unique piece of art, signed by me.
The result is our collection, Camryn Forrest Designs. I hope you enjoy them.
A technical note: Camryn Forrest Designs consists of two people: an artist with more ideas than time in a day and a snowglobe engineer with technical expertise to make the magic happen. None of the snow globes and waterglobes shown at this shop would exist without the efforts of both of us.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment is expected within 24 hours of purchasing an item. (The sooner we receive payment, the sooner it will ship.) Please be aware during peak holidays that shipping can take longer than usual by UPS.
If you experience a problem or have an unavoidable delay in paying for your snow globe purchase, please let us know. Otherwise, prompt payment is expected. If we do not receive payment or hear from you in 24 hours after purchase, we reserve the right to re-list the item.
Buyers in Colorado: we must charge the 2.9 percent Colorado state sales tax for in-state purchases, when the item is shipped to a Colorado address.
We regret we cannot ship snow globes/waterglobes via the U.S. Postal Service as they do not accept liquid-filled items per postal regulation. There is an additional cost for shipping UPS to either Hawaii or Alaska, please email for a quote.
Please contact the shop for international shipping rates, anywhere outside of the continental United States.
PLEASE NOTE: Shipping costs shown include insurance and tracking for all destinations in the United States. (Insured for the cost of the item). We are experts in packing and shipping fragile pieces (we have to be - it's our business!) If the unexpected happens, and your globe arrives broken, please save all packing materials and contact UPS immediately. Please let us know about the breakage as well, but it is essential that UPS is contacted first so they can examine the packing method to determine fault.
Shipping discount for more than one snow globe to same address at same time. See individual item listings for more information on multiple purchase discounts.
Refunds and Exchanges
However, if you are disappointed with your purchase upon inspection, you may return it by United Parcel Service/UPS.
You must :
- Please notify us that you are returning the item within 5 days of delivery, and provide the return tracking number to us.
- use UPS for return shipping as the U.S. Postal Service will not accept shipment of liquid-filled items.
- Please carefully re-pack in original packing.
- You must pay the shipping cost for the return, but we will refund your entire purchase price and original shipping costs when it is returned unbroken.
- Let us know if you have questions.
In the very unlikely event your snow globe breaks during shipping to you (see shipping notes above), we will work with you to find an acceptable solution, such as a complete refund, remake of the globe (if the interior and base pieces are returned to us), or substitution of a similar item if you agree. Our goal is your satisfaction.
Additional policies and FAQs
While all of our pieces are made by hand, and each is one-of-a-kind, we may be able to list one similar to your favorite, or locate the water globe design you want and post for sale. You will not be required to buy any globe that we list; but we are always glad to know which designs are of interest to people. Just ask.
We often have other pieces completed and waiting in the wings which we'd be glad to share with potential buyers on Etsy.