Journey of an Ornament
The birth of glass
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The basic material for manual-blowing of our ornaments are tubes made from sodium-metasilicate glass that are heated up to a temperature of 1,300 °C. Depending on the size of shape of the future ornament, it is also important to choose a correct diameter of the tube. More complex shapes, such as animals or figures, are blown using ceramic moulds. The best-selling shapes are ornament balls with a diameter of 8 cm. A skilled glass-blower can produce 460 of those per shift. The bigger the ornament, the thicker the glass of the tube must be and the longer it takes to heat it up to the right temperature.
Ornaments that are ultimately not expected to be transparent, undergo a process called "silvering" (after glass-blowing), during which a special liquid is introduced inside the ornament that then turns the transparent glass into silver due to a follow up chemical reaction. Thanks to the silvering, the ornament also acquires a beautifully rich colour after dipping it in the coloured lacquer. Up to 2,000 pieces of ornaments can go through this process in a single day.
An interesting point on the journey of the ornament is the dipping room, where the most surprising shades of colours are combined. The ornament can be shiny, or matte, it can even have a porcelain or a frosted effect, etc. An interesting outcome can be also created by bronze, metallic, shell, sand, semi-matt or satin decors. We can mix almost any shade you desire. However, not every ornament has to go through the dipping room – we also decorate ornaments made of clear glass that do not even have to go through the silvering process. If, on the other hand, the ornaments are to be silver only, there is no need to dip them in colour.
Welcome to the beauty salon for Christmas tree ornaments! Skillful painters use squirrel-fur-tip brushes to create decors based on a chosen design. Sometimes decorating ornaments looks almost like decorating Christmas gingerbread cookies, especially when the painter uses small bags filled with decorative pastes. A whole range of sprinkles, glitter beads, feathers and other materials follows up for the final touch ups. After all, you can see for yourself, just book your date.
And now it's time for the ornament to be placed in the most beautiful Christmas tree in the whole world – your Christmas tree! All decorations have a so-called handling stalk that is cut off in the packing room, at the very end of the journey of the ornament. We carefully inspect each decoration and provide it with a cap, i.e. a little eye that you can use to hang the ornament on your Christmas tree. We also carefully pack the ornaments in boxes for a safe trip to your home. Per customer's request, we can mark the collection with price tags, stick labels on the boxes or insert your Christmas card.