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How We Create Our Globes 

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Dedicated only to the creation of world class acrylic globes, highly skilled American artisans hand-fashion each Artline Globe product for unsurpassed quality. Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to offer a lifetime guarantee of quality and craftsmanship.

Beginning with museum quality 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 polar azimuthal 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 8 to 18 separate hand operations. Each piece is then carefully inspected and passed on to the thermal process.

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.

Museum quality acrylic is used in the manufacture of Artline World Globes. imageHere 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.

Then, the 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 Globe product 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.

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