If you have ever seen a Christopher Radko ornament it is very likely you were shocked at its workmanship and beauty. You may have even thought to yourself that it was closer to a work of art than a Christmas ornament. And, you would have been correct because Radko ornaments really are a work of art and a great deal of work goes into creating them. In fact, it takes a full week to create one of these ornaments from start to finish.
All of the ornaments are hand crafted and the processes used are hundreds of years old that require many days to finish. The ornaments are produced in four different countries, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Italy, in cottage workshops. There are more than 3,000 artisans who are skilled at hand painting, glass blowing, mold making, carving, and more to create the amazingly beautiful Christopher Radko ornaments.
The way the ornaments are created is a very long process. First, a design must be created. Once the design for an ornament is created and approved it is then given to a carver. The carver will work with plaster or clay to carve the design. Once the piece has been carved and approved it is handed over to a mold maker. The mold maker uses a centuries old technique from the Renaissance era to make the mold. This involves using molten metal to create a sand cast mold. Once this mold is created, called the mother mold, then all the other ornaments may be created with this one mold.
The first day of ornament making begins with the glass blower blowing the ornament with clear tempered glass. This type of glass is used to reduce the risk of breakage. On the next day, liquid sterling is hand injected into the ornament. This will give it that shiny appearance. On the third day painters apply the base lacquer to the ornaments by hand. This might be the red part of Santa’s suit or the snowman’s white belly. This sits for a day and on the fourth day a second coat of this lacquer is applied. On the fifth day all the details are hand painted. Then, on the sixth day the ornaments are covered in a dust of glitter to make them that much shinier. On the seventh day, ornaments are inspected and tagged with the Radko traditional charm.
So, no matter what you are looking to buy as Christmas gifts this year, from Radko ornaments to possible dreams Santas, it sure does help to know how they are made.
Post time: 04-20-2017