Crystal glassware manufacturing

Crystal glassware manufacturing

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Caption: Crystal glassware manufacturing. Worker spraying a crystal glass statue that has been produced using the pate de verre method. This involves applying a glass paste to a mould before firing it in a kiln. This method allows greater control over the colour of the glass. This is the Daum glassware factory in Nancy, France, founded in 1875 by Jean Daum. It is now (2008) the only commercial crystal glass manufacturer using the pate de verre method. Crystal glass is glass that includes relatively high levels of lead oxide, which increases the sparkle of the glass.

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