Behind the scenes
Are you wondering how are our glass ornaments made? Take a moment and scroll down to see the process step by step!
All GLASSOR’s delicate pieces of art are mouth-blown and hand-painted in-house by the finest artisans. Each ornament is created through a process that takes several days and that follows an age-old tradition of glassmaking in the Czech Republic. GLASSOR's mission is to continue this heritage of handcrafted glass, which leads to consistently premium quality crafted glass that is increasingly difficult to find today.
First, the glass is heated directly above the flame, and then the hot glass is mouth-blown into the required shape freely above the burner or using a special mold. For example baubles, tree toppers, olives, rockets, spikes or bells are free-blown shapes. Learning how to blow glass shapes lasts for a long time, several months, sometimes even years. A good blower of Christmas ornaments can blow up to dozens of ornaments per day.
Silvering is a process that is used for a specific desired look of the final product. Not all ornaments pass by this phase. During silvering a silver solution is applied into the mouth-blown glass ornament. Then the ornament with the silver solution inside is bathed in a vat with a hot water. The chemical reaction between the hot water from the outside and the silver solution from the inside gives to the ornament a magical mirror effect. The silvered ornaments then must dry on a wooden stands before base color application.
BASE COLOR APPLICATION
When the clear mouth-blow or silvered mouth-blow ornaments are dry and cooled down, then follows the base color application, called “dyeing”. Ornaments that require a base color before the actual hand-painting are soaked in the base color. Matte, shiny, transparent colors or those that create a frost effect are applied. The transparent ornaments do not pass by this step; they are decorated directly on the mouth-blown glass.
The next step for ornaments soaked in a base color is drying. This step may take from several hours up to days. Colored ornaments are then impaled onto a solid wooden stands or slowly moving belt to dry. The ornaments must be completely dry before the decorating process begins.
Glass decorations are then hand-painted and decorated. Our painters decorate ornaments with hand-painted motifs of various shapes and styles. Some ornaments are adorned with shimmering glitters, shining stones or feathers. This process together with glass-blowing is the most difficult and artistic part of the production, where a true pieces of art are being crafted. Also for certain designs all ornaments made in the line are painted by one person to keep as close look as possible of each piece in a line. Therefore each ornament is original!
COMPLETION AND PACKING
At the end, the glass stick that is attached to a glass ornament through the complete production process is cut off. A metal clasp is inserted into the ornament neck (residual part from the stick), this allow an ornament to hang. Further on our GLASSOR label is attached to the metal clasp and the final quality control and packing of ornaments into paper boxes follows. The second quality check is also made prior to shipping of the ornaments to our customers.
This extraordinary product is truly an heirloom, to be adored for generations to come!