These are the negatives used to make the molds for the buttons. These negatives are valuable, and one of a kind, as they are the first step in the process of making the Czech Glass Buttons.
The negatives seen above make the molds. These hand-presses, with the molds inside, are what actually create the buttons.
Glass rods of different colors first get melted in the oven.
The shank of the button gets placed inside of the mold
Our friend then takes the molten glass, and presses it into the mold
He carefully cuts the extra glass away with a pair of scissors.
Open the press….
And behold! A new Czech Glass button is born! (its still a bit crude, though).
The czech glass button you just saw gets its edges smoothed along a machine
And the final touches include either hand painting…
Or more often, a particular chemical coating that then gets fired in the oven.
Recognize this button? True craftsmanship, born out of hundreds of years of experience.
Photography and Content by Nirvana Beads
I am so delighted to have found this article. I love using Czech button in my wearable art and so do my customers. Thank you so much for taking the time share this process.
Are the dies pressed into brass to be used for the glass?
Hi Amy, can you elaborate more your question?, Do you want to know about pressing a glass button or making a mold for a glass button? thanks!