Glass Ornament Blowing: The Process
An Ancient Technique
Every Christmas ornament and hobby ornament Ornaments To Remember sells is handcrafted using glass ornament blowing techniques that are centuries old. It takes several days to complete the process that creates a treasured Ornament To Remember.
Step One: Over an Open Flame
The process begins with European craftsmen heating a small hollow bulb of glass over an open flame until it is red hot.
Step Two: Glass Ornament Blowing
While the molten glass bulb is still hot and pliable, the glass blower places it into a mold and blows through a connected tube until the glass takes on the shape of the mold.
Step Three: Ornament Silvering
After the Christmas ornament cools, it is silvered using a combination of:
- Silver nitrate
- Distilled water
Step Four: Lacquer
The next day, the Christmas ornament is dipped in a base coat of lacquer.
Step Five: Hand Painted Ornaments
Once the lacquer has dried, our artisans hand paint each ornament. Color lacquer is applied individually, layer by layer, according to the specific design. Glitter and special coatings, if necessary, are then added.
Step Six: Ornament Caps
The stem that remains from the glass blowing process is cut off and the ornament cap is put on.