Decades of experience make it look effortless, but the detail of each individually forged and finished  Czech Glass button is a story in itself.

My thanks to Nirvana Beads Designer Cynthia Shanti Morales for use of her photos of our guys at work. I look forward to updating with the page my own images when I visit Jablonec this fall.

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Dozens of glass rod colors - standardized by a numbering system used in all shops -- have the potential for being highlighted or combined with other colors in a single button. In the forge above , several rods are heated in phases to assure production will move quickly when the presser begins.  

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Simple relief molds are secured in long tongs to safely press the molten glass into form 

Simple relief molds are secured in long tongs to safely press the molten glass into form 

The presser sets the button shank in place and, in this case, ads a metal blank to the back of the design before opening the tongs to receive the hot glass. 

The presser sets the button shank in place and, in this case, ads a metal blank to the back of the design before opening the tongs to receive the hot glass. 

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The presser shears the molten glass from the rod and then opens the mold to reveal the formed button. 

Sometimes multiple glass colors will go into the individual mold,  but in this case it's clear glass that will be  hand-finished (right) by painting on the back of the glass in a geometric pattern of green and purple , followed by detail painting in a gold-infused paint on the surface. To prepare it for a future pendant, I've removed the shank, mounted it on a soft leather and embroidered the edge with various complimentary beads. I'll finish it once it tells me what I need to do with that fringe. The artists in Jablonec are much more experienced and efficient than me. 

Sometimes multiple glass colors will go into the individual mold,  but in this case it's clear glass that will be  hand-finished (right) by painting on the back of the glass in a geometric pattern of green and purple , followed by detail painting in a gold-infused paint on the surface.

To prepare it for a future pendant, I've removed the shank, mounted it on a soft leather and embroidered the edge with various complimentary beads. I'll finish it once it tells me what I need to do with that fringe. The artists in Jablonec are much more experienced and efficient than me. 

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Practiced artisans finish each button detail by hand with leafing and other traditional, durable paints. 

Practiced artisans finish each button detail by hand with leafing and other traditional, durable paints. 

After finish, trays of buttons are returned for one final intense heating to fire-polish and seal the work. 

After finish, trays of buttons are returned for one final intense heating to fire-polish and seal the work. 

Beautiful Czech button

Although the button molds are handed down through generations of glassmakers - the classic patterns work just as well today. "Outlander" fans make it hard for me to keep the Amber Dragonfly earrings in stock.