How it's made
Christmas baubles are an old European tradition originating from Germany around 500 years ago. Shortly after World War II, European migrants spread the tradition of hand made Christmas baubles from Europe to countries around the world.
All our baubles start off as glass tubes which are heated to high temperatures and then blown by mouth into their desired shape. The glass workers that blow the glass are uniquely talented artisans that take many years to perfect their craft.
Once the glass has cooled, it must undergo a process called "silvering", where a solution containing real silver is used to coat the interior of the bauble. This process helps the bauble show its rich and vibrant colour better.
Following the silvering process, the bauble is ready to take on its base colour. There are thousands of different colours to work with and even more finishes, such as matte, glossy, clear, frosty, pearlescent and many many more. Our designers spend countless hours deciding on and finalizing the many colours and designs that they will match with. The unique designs are then updated year to year to keep up with ever-changing trends.
After the baubles have their base colour applied, the most difficult part of the process follows. Artists individually sit and hand paint every single design onto each bauble with painstaking care and precision. Due to their complexity and detail, designs often require very fine detail brushes and a large paint palette to complete. The artists are highly sought after and often have decades of practice and experience behind them.
Once designs are completed, they are sent from workshops around Poland and Germany to our warehouses in Australia. Come Christmas, we joyfully distribute them to our kiosks around Australia, where they are personalized by our staff using a technique refined over 10 years by Artisan Ornaments.