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ABOUT JINGLENOG'S UNIQUE BLOWN GLASS DESIGNER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS AND TREE TOPPERS

Every JingleNog Christmas tree decoration begins with our founder and designer Melissa Byrne's drawings and stories. JingleNog's unique and exquisitely detailed heirloom quality collectible Christmas tree ornaments and tree toppers are handcrafted to Melissa’s specifications in Italy and Poland using the old world European glass making techniques. Molded and free blown glass methods require talented artisans who have years of specialized training in the art of creating the finest luxury mouth blown glass Christmas tree ornaments and tree toppers.

 

HOW JINGLENOG'S POLISH BLOWN GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS ARE CREATED 

 If the style is a mouth blown molded glass Christmas ornament, the sculptor, following Melissa's drawings and instructions, creates a soft clay shape which is reviewed and adjusted by Melissa until all of the style's details are approved.

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Once the clay sculpture is approved it is baked until hardened and then shellacked so the shape and details will remain in place. A metal mold is now created. These metal molds have at least two parts and depending upon the complexity of the style can have many more "parts". 

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Once the metal mold for the style has been made we can start to create ornaments. First the glass blower assembles the metal mold and using a tube of tempered glass blows the glass into the mold, shaping and forming the piece with each breath. After the glass has been fully blown into every detail of the mold this new clear glass form is set aside to cool.The stem of the glass tube is left at the top of the piece to be used as a handle until the end of the development process.

Hand Blown Glass Christmas Ornament Creation - All Steps Shown

The clear glass form is now filled with liquid sterling silver which becomes the ornament's lining. The excess silver is removed from the inside and the ornament is set aside until it dries and is ready for painting. All of the ornament's paint, glitter and trim details are slowly added one at a time, setting the piece aside to dry before the next detail can be applied. It takes on average seven days to create each of our mouth blown European glass Christmas ornaments. After the ornament has been fully painted, glittered and trimmed the glass tube handle is cut off and our jingle bell charm and JingleNog hang tags are added to a top metal wire and the ornament cap is secured to the glass. An exquisite JingleNog Christmas tree ornament has been created! All of JingleNog's beautiful gift boxes are assembled here in the United States by participants in the Cardinal McCloskey Community Services "Wish to Work" program which supports individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

 

HOW JINGLENOG'S FREE BLOWN ITALIAN GLASS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS AND TREE TOPPERS ARE CREATED 

Free Blowing glass is a similar process to the creation of a molded mouth blown ornament. The piece is created with tempered glass that is fired, shaped and attached by mouth and hand.

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Under intense heat, each part of the body (i.e.head, trunk, & tail) is created through pressing, pulling and manipulating the once heated, pliable glass tube. The core of the body is shaped and then attachment parts (i.e. legs, tusks, & ears) and are added onto the piece one at a time by separate pieces of heated glass, with the heat fusing the pieces together.

 

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After the body has been created and the glass has cooled down, the piece is ready for painting.

 

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The base color is added to the glass body. After it dries the second base color is carefully painted on by hand on and set out to dry. Paint and glitter layers are applied by hand one detail at a time.

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Blowing Ornament Start13All of the stone, feather and all trim details are added carefully by hand to each piece until all of the elements are in place and a beautiful JingleNog blown glass Christmas tree ornament or tree topper has been brought to life. JingleNog's unique and exquisitely detailed ornaments and tree toppers are the finest in collectible mouth blown glass Christmas tree d├ęcor. Each JingleNog blown glass Christmas ornament and tree topper is a unique work of art that is carefully handcrafted to the highest luxury quality standards so they may be cherished as keepsakes for many years by the ornament's owners. JingleNog's attention to quality and detail are why JingleNog is often rated #1 for the best Christmas ornaments and Holiday decorations.

 

 

 

 

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