Glass Ornaments

"12 Glass Ornaments" // © 2012 - Brandon Leedy

"12 Glass Ornaments" // © 2012 - Brandon Leedy

It's December 12th, are you decorating your Christmas tree yet? I love the look of vintage blown glass ornaments next to the frosted color C7/C9 peanut lights on a Christmas tree. When it comes to Christmas, sometimes the old ways are the best. Today's illustration speaks to just those old ways. This design best mimics my memory of the "what-seemed-like-ancient" boxes of glass ornaments my grandparents brought out to decorate their tree. They were sparsely designed boxes, a little worse for wear (seeing that they lasted so many decades) that contained glass ornaments of many different shapes, nestled in a green corrugate (or sometimes shredded newsprint). Now I realize the spartan nature of the packaging was probably due to the fact that they were blown by an actual glass artist. An artist who's main concern was making good ornaments and keeping them safe for a specific customer, rather than having catchy packaging for some store shelf.

Today's bit of Christmas cheer shows just how those delicate glass ornaments are made. Albeit, this process is a bit more modernized than maybe the ornaments my grandparents had. But to my delight, it still involves a lot of human care and craft, no machines necessary. The part to watch for is most definitely the silvering solution and lacquer. After the ornaments are blown into molds (still done by human hand) the clear glass is filled with what seems like a magic solution... and I'll let you find the rest out for yourself.

Posted on December 12, 2012 and filed under Advent Calendar.