Christmas is just around the corner and what better way for geeks to celebrate than by decorating their tree with these cool Pokemon ornaments. Here’s something you may not know: the modern-day mold-blown colored glass Christmas ornament was originally invented in the small German town of Lauscha in the mid-19th century. Continue reading to see more.

In the early days, Christmas ornaments were made by artisans who heated a glass tube over a flame and then inserted a tube into a clay mold, blowing the heated glass to expand into the shape of the mold. After the glass cooled, a silver nitrate solution was swirled into it, a silvering technique developed in the 1850s by Justus von Liebig. After the nitrate solution dried, the ornament was hand-painted and topped with a cap and hook.

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