The handmade production of Christmas tree decorations from blown glass beads is a traditional practice connected with glass production in North Bohemia, where blown glass beads have been produced since the late eighteenth century. The beads are produced by blowing a heated glass tube inserted into a brass mould in a specialized production process by practitioners working from home and in the parent factory. Originally, the beads were primarily used for jewellery and embroidery on folk costumes, but since the mid-nineteenth century they have also been used for handmade decorations.
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