Off Axis Spheres

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These shapes are identical to our Spheres pendants except that they are mounted off axis, so that the open hole does not face directly down onto the surface below, and so viewers can see the inside of the sphere. 

Individual sphere pendants suspended off axis create high visual interest as it's profile and sightline to the inside of the piece will vary based on the viewers position. Particularly stunning in large individual displays or when mixed more randomly into a cluster of other spherical pendants (Spheres, Nested Spheres or Globes). 



Visual barrier - Because of the width of the form, spheres are often used in situations where the designer would like create a physical barrier when closer to eye level, or lift high to accentuate tallness of the spaces. 

Focused spot - The bottom opening is relatively small, which allows projected light to be focused in a smaller radius than may be accomplished with some other designs.  

Veiled or transparent - In glassblowing terms, veiled means to overlay the bright transparent exterior color over a thin opaque color. Dale Chihuly made this technique very popular with his Macchia series. Veiled pendents will have a thin layer of opaque white covering the inside of the pendant. This will have two effects: the bulb fixture will be obsured and the transparent overlay color will appear to glow. Whereas the transparent pendants will instead show off the bulb in side. 

Design variations - traditional spheres open facing down. Off-axis rotates the opening and mounting to 30 degrees off center.

Mix & Match - Spheres work well in large groups. Consider clustering similar shapes while varying sizes. Or verying designs of other complementary shapes (eg spheres, nested spheres, off-axis spheres or globes). 



  • Multi-unit order discounts - We do offer 10% discount for orders of 3 units or more, 15% for orders of 9 or more. Discount will be applied in the shopping cart.
  • Customization - We love doing custom techniques like lip wraps, custom colors, gradients, veils & overlays. If this is of interest, check the box marked custom techniques and we will work with you to agree on treatment prior to producing.
  • Customization Pricing - Price for custom techniques is a flat $40/item. (bulk and other discounts still apply to this custom charge). If the only customization you'd like is to have a veil alone added, chose the Veil option by itself. ($20/item)

* All items are made to order by hand. There will be minor variations in sizing and color as befits artisan production.