It takes at least 5 days to finish Bullarum Ornament.
The originality of design that goes into each piece makes Bullarum’s ornaments work of art. Each ornament and candle holder is handcrafted by using centuries old process that require 5 days to complete. Our workshop, based in the mountains of Bohemia, Czech Republic, made first ornament in 1918. A team of 11 colleagues - mostly women - skilled in glassblowing and hand painting contribute their time, dedication and talents to our collection.
On the first day of production, the glassblower creates the ornament using clear tempered glass from Germany, which is preferred for its notable strength. Other ornament makers have used lower-grade glass, increasing the risk of breakage. There is a noticeable difference in the weight of a Bullarum ornament, making it more solid and heavy to the touch. Our ornaments are either free-blown or mould-blown. Some of the clay moulds date back to 1922. Usually the same day, each ornament is silvered by hand using traditional mirroring techniques, by swilling their insides with a silver-nitrate/sugar based solution which upon evaporation deposits silver onto the warm glass.
On the second day of the production, a base coat of lacquer is hand applied either by dipping the silvered ornament in a pool of paint or by hand spraying. Each ornament must be completely dry before moving to the next stage. Unlike others, we let our ornaments dry naturally.
On the third and fourth day the fine details are hand painted onto each ornament in layers and painters must wait for each layer to dry before applying a next one. Some of the ornaments may be decorated with custom feathers, crystals and beads, all of which are sourced from the finest European craftsmen. It is an incredibly painstaking process but it is worth the wait - it is the small touches that create the charming variations in each ornament. No two ornaments are ever exactly alike and this adds to the uniqueness of your special keepsake.
On the fifth and final day, ornaments are inspected to ensure the highest standards and silver or gold topper crown is put in place. The ornament is then carefully individually wrapped in a protective tissue paper for shipping to our storage facilities in Dubai.