Dedicated only to the creation
of world class acrylic globes, highly skilled American artisans
hand-fashion each Artline World Globe product for unsurpassed quality. Our
state-of-the-art technology allows us to offer a
of quality and craftsmanship.
cast acrylic sheets; each is cut to size, checked for optical
clarity, and prepared for hand application of the graphics. Each
sphere design begins with specially developed, hand-drawn projection
cartography. Once the cartographer has approved the projection, it
is transferred from the original cartography to a photographic film
master. This original film work is then transferred into a
specialized silk-screen image. Each color applied to the sphere
requires an individual silk-screen. Depending on the sphere to be
created, this process can require up to 40 intricate steps to
achieve unsurpassed quality.
Each piece is then carefully inspected and passed on to the thermal
At this step, each piece must
be heat soaked for several hours at high temperatures. Then, with
the skilled eye of a highly trained craftsperson, each piece is
fitted into a blowing tool which uses only air pressure to create
the hemisphere. To assure optical clarity, the hemispheres are
free-blown, similar to glass-blowing techniques. Literally, each
sphere is slightly different from any other. The hemispheres are
then passed to the hands of the trimmer.
Here the two hemispheres
are trimmed of any excess material, then carefully matched to create
a complete sphere. Next, the spheres are thoroughly cleaned and
polished to remove any residue from the manufacturing process.
highly skilled globe
maker makes a final fitting and bonds the two hemispheres, making a
complete sphere. The globe maker then signs and dates a Certificate
of Authenticity, personally certifying the quality and appearance of
each sphere. Finally, the product is individually packed and
prepared for shipment.
Each Artline world globe
reflects a standard of excellence not achievable with today's mass
production techniques. From the multi-colored silk-screening to the
meticulous blowing, shaping, and finishing, each sphere is proudly
passed from the hands of our craftspeople to yours.