Lauscha Christmas Balls in Red
From Lauscha. In Glittering Red for Your Christmas Tree.
These glittering Christmas tree baubles are hand blown. This glass forming technique works with molten glass in the form of a bubble. The bubble forms at the bottom of the blowpipe. The glassblower takes the blowpipe in his hands, swirls it and inflates the bubble with his breath. With the aid of a torch or lamp, the lampworker manipulates the glass even further producing precision glassware. The baubles get their red colour from the Liebig silver plating process which was introduced in Lauscha in 1867. In the process silver nitrate is dissolved in an aqueous solution and poured into the balls. By exposing the balls to heat the solution condensates and leaves a deposit on the inner walls of the glass objects. A layer of aniline dye dissolved in nitrocellulose paint is applied on the outer surface and produces the beautiful, strong red. The dye contains neither cadmium nor other heavy metals.
Christmas Tree Decorations from Lauscha.
Lauscha, a small town in Thuringia, has been associated with glass production for over 400 years. The first workshop was founded there in 1597, laying the foundations for the prosperity of the Thuringian glass industry, which is world-famous today. Specifically made for Christmas trees, all of these Lauscha miniatures are hand-blown. Subsequently, they receive a wafer-thin layer of pure silver on the inside (also by hand), a lacquer layer and a glitter finish. A white decorated tree strikes a chord of “ice and snow and fire” and draws on ancient pagan as well as Christian symbolism of the light ceremonies around the winter solstice. The various balls that come in reflex, crystal clear and ice glass design, as well as the ice glass blackbird from our assortment, belong to this tradition. Red and gold-coloured baubles represent another traditional way of decorating the Christmas tree.
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