Blown Glass Ornaments – 3 Day Process

The process of blowing glass ornaments is centuries old.

Artisan crafted blown-glass ornaments are created in much the same way today as they have been made for centuries. The process takes several days, and results in a piece of art your family can treasure for decades.

While you may have thought of blown glass ornaments as limited to spheres or simple shapes, the almost infinite variety displayed on Ornaments To Remember will certainly change any idea that you have of blown glass ornaments being restricted to tradition. Their 2009 collection is especially prolific, and ranges from the lovely glass ornaments based on Chinese motifs to Bingo ornaments with a lot of fun ornaments in between. It is pretty amazing how much detail the artisans are able to achieve with their latest line of blown glass ornaments, and that isn’t even counting their custom designed ornaments. They even have movie ornaments and food ornaments as well as ornaments for hobbies and occupations.

Here is the basic process for making blown glass ornaments:

Day 1:

1. European craftsmen hold a hollow bulb of glass over an open flame until it is glowing red and pliable.

2. While the glass is still hot, a blower places it in the mold of choice and blows through a connected tube until the glass fills the mold.

3. The ornament cools and is removed from the mold.

4. When it has completely cooled, it is “silvered” using a proprietary blend of these ingredients: silver nitrate, ammonia, distilled water, saltpeter, and sugar.

Day 2:

1. The ornament is dipped in a base coat of lacquer. Our lacquer is non-toxic, does not contain lead, and meets Europe’s standards for being environmentally friendly.

2. Once the lacquer dries, depending on the design, color lacquer is applied in coats, then the ornament is hand painted and glitter and other coating are added if necessary.

3. The ornament is left to dry overnight.

Day 3:

1. The stem of the ornament is cut off and an ornament cap is placed on.

2. The ornament is placed in a specially designed gift box that protects it during shipping and makes a lovely presentation.

Ornaments To Remember is proud to create ornaments in the old tradition in a way that is safe to their workers and to the environment. In addition, all of their profits support the nonprofit parenting website The Learning Community.

Article and images used with permission from Ornaments2Remember.com

10 Christmas Ideas – Ornaments Everywhere!

Ornaments are not just for your Christmas tree anymore.

Star Pinata Ornament designed by CasaQ

Darlene of CasaQ has a list of imaginative places for your favorite ornaments.

You may just want to keep your choice ornaments out year round.

  • Get into the Christmas spirit while running your holiday errands by hanging an ornament from your car’s rearview mirror.
  • Add ornaments to your evergreen wreath or forget the greens to make a wreath entirely of ornaments
  • Fill up a pretty bowl or clear glass pitcher or vase with bulb ornaments to use as a centerpiece for your holiday meal.
  • Place a special ornament at each place setting as decoration and for your guests to keep as a memento.
  • Create a mobile of ornaments to hang from the ceiling. Note: Great alternative to a tree if you have limited living space.
  • Hang ornaments on satin ribbons with alternating heights to create a wonderful window display.
  • Tie an ornament to the top of a wrapped gift as a final festive touch.
  • Decorate your mantle with evergreens, candles and sprinkle with ornaments.
  • Create a display using ornaments depicting your family’s favorite hobby or talents along with photos and memorabilia.
  • Place your favorite mini ornament on a chain or satin string to wear as a necklace at your next holiday party.

 

Article & images used with permission from CasaQ.com

Old Chinese Art – New Incredible Ornaments

The ancient technique to create the ornaments is called reverse hand painting.

 

Ne’Qwa Art is the world’s largest producer of the centuries-old tradition of painting on the inside of glass. The same meticulous techniques that captivated emperors and art connoisseurs ages ago are used to create each of their lovely designs, including their most popular lines of decorative ornaments and petite ornaments. Although some scholars have dated the Chinese art form of painting on the inside of glass to over 1000 years ago, it was not until the mid-17th century that it became a prized and collected art form within the imperial court.

The artists at Ne’Qwa Art must paint through a small opening in the ornament on the inside of the glass. To paint in this art form, the artist has to paint in reverse order with the foreground completed first and then finish with the background. Certain ornaments used are opaque mouth-blown glass. These ornaments don’t allow the artist to see the tip of the brush and all painting must be done by feel. Through a small opening in each ornament, the artist uses delicate brush strokes to hand-paint on the inside of mouth-blown glass. From outlining to shading to color application, all work is painstakingly done in freehand. Although this reverse-painting art form flourished during the 17th century, today there are only a few artist groups, living in remote villages throughout China, who possess the skill to create these Ne’Qwa ornaments. The carefully chosen artists at Ne’Qwa Art offer stunning diversity of subject matter, ranging from whimsical characters to sensuously rich details.

Their distinguished artists have built a following of fans worldwide who recognize their distinctive styles. Collected by celebrities across the globe, these amazing ornaments are enjoyed as perfect gifts for any occasion. You will recognize several names & faces on the celebrity gift list who appreciate these outstanding hand painted glass ornaments. Each piece comes packaged in a luxurious, satin-lined, velour presentation case, ideal for gift giving. In addition, each ornament is accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity describing the unique art history and reverse painting process.

The handpainted ornaments have incredible images magically created on the inside of glass. After all, true beauty comes from within.

New Children’s Book – Magical Ornaments

Ornaments are not just little things that hang on a Christmas tree. They are intricate works of art that have the power to conjure up nostalgic memories of the past and to create wide-eyed wonder in the eyes of a child. They have the power to inspire and ignite the imagination of both children and adults.

Mary Padron, an ornament collector and children’s author, had her imagination ignited by ornaments. Inspired by the enchantment of ornaments, she wrote and self-published a children’s picture book called A Magical Christmas Dream, which is about Anna Victoria’s magical adventure with the ornaments on her Christmas tree, including a Christmas Fairy ornament and a Santa Claus ornament. The original, self-published edition, which was illustrated by Patrice Pendergast, has sold out except for a few copies available at Amazon.com. Because Padron sold out of the first printing of 5,000 books, she recently scanned A Magical Christmas Dream and made it into an e-book.

Not only has she made the original edition of the story into an e-book, Padron recently revised the text and changed the title to Anna Victoria & the Christmas Fairy. The newly revised text is now available as an Audio Book MP3 download with Padron as the reader and can also be purchased at Lulu.com for $4.99.

Padron, a decorator and writer living in Memphis, TN, whose mission is to delight and inspire others through words, beauty, and creativity, said she got the idea for the story when visiting relatives in New York for the holidays. She said, “I was snuggled up on the sofa, looking up into the Christmas tree. The white, fairy lights and the hundreds of glittering, beautiful ornaments mesmerized me. I thought to myself, I wish I were fairy-size so I could climb inside this tree and play with the ornaments. And poof. . .the idea for the story was born.”

Ornament enthusiasts will enjoy owning this delightful book in picture book or audio format.

Article and images used with permission from MaryPadron.com

Ornaments Artist Unleashes Potential of Wood

Christine Coffman has turned her artwork into a thriving business.

 Hand Carved Butterball Ornament

At age 12 Christine Coffman asked her father to teach her to carve. That was 46 years ago in Garden City Michigan. Over time her own style developed and people began to see her Polish and German heritage in her work. Listening to advice from fellow carvers, she learned to be more detail oriented. She also learned that she was not so much a woodcarver, but an artist who worked in wood.

Coffman draws her own ornament and figurine patterns and then forces the figure from the wood. She uses both Butternut wood and Linden wood, also known as Bass wood. Linden wood is used due to the perfect pairing of its properties to her needs. Linden wood is light and strong. The grain is straight and allows fine knife strokes to create a smooth surface. Butternut wood is used for its interesting grain patterns. Both woods are native to the eastern United States.

Ornaments were a natural extension of her artwork. Each ornament is still a tiny, original sculpture that looks natural hanging by a string. Granted, sometimes the cats or elephants ornaments are hanging by their tails, but who is to say that is not perfectly natural?

By drawing her own ornament patterns, Christine is able to change them on a whim. She will use a basic outline to start the carving but by giving each ornament carving different details, she creates very different looks. That premise carries over to every ornament figure she carves. The little children ornaments may be described simply as being dressed in pajamas or nightgowns and holding onto the string with one hand, but once carved, each child has his or her own distinct look. The wooden ornaments at are not limited in design. You will find nativity sets, wooden santas, cat figurines and much more. With Christine Coffman’s talents and skills, a piece of wood is pure potential.

Article and images used with permission from Christmas-Carvings.com