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Czech Glass Button Production

Almost all Czech Glass buttons are handmade. Learn about the production process and the tools used in the production of these beautiful buttons.

1- MATERIALS

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.

2- PRESSING

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).

3- FINISHING

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

3 Comments
  • Becky Lambers
    Posted at 08:26h, 19 August Reply

    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.

  • Amy
    Posted at 23:03h, 02 September Reply

    Are the dies pressed into brass to be used for the glass?

    • Cynthia Shanti Moralez
      Posted at 12:49h, 03 September Reply

      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!

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