One of the greats in creating magnificent, intricate, and authentic lighting is Sylcom. Sylcom originated in Veneto of north-eastern Italy, a region famed for its canals, Gothic architecture, and Carnival celebrations. Whether you know them for their purely Venetian and purely unique Soffio collection, or their bright and elegant Scena collection, or even their stellar Suite collection, one thing is for certain; Sylcom has managed to establish itself as a very strong presence in the luxury lighting industry thanks to a variety of hand-blown Murano glass technologies they use and specialize in; the company has also made a name for itself internationally using their 100% Made in Italy labels.
Murano Glass Hand-Blown Pendants by Sylcom
Murano Glass holds the dominant place in all models, with occasional use of Filigree and Mosaic glass as well. All of these types of glass successfully coexist with each other through the high quality, amazing design, and carefully thought out construction of Sylcom products. As a result, the company has become famous and recognizable both nationally and internationally. But how are these magnificent hand-blown glass fixtures made?
Murano Glass Chandelier by Sylcom
The technique to make these stunning chandeliers and fixtures is called glass-blowing. To start off, a glass-blower gathers some molten glass at the end of his blowpipe, and then shapes the arm as he wants, using specific moulds to guide the process. A channel is made down the middle for the electrical wire.
Next, two glass workers shape and twist the molten glass into its shape; an extremely delicate and difficult process in which they must stretch the glass exactly right. After it’s done, they snip the excess on both ends, blowing cold air to speed up the solidification of the glass.
Then, using traditional techniques to place the molten glass into a mould, the craftsmen prepare the piece to be placed into a press where someone may more easily work on the end design elements by using pliers to lengthen one end into the desired shape – another laborious and delicate process.
Every single part of the fixture is hand-made and manually assembled. The main portions of glass with incorporated ornaments bring it all together, casting the bright sparkling light of a magnificent chandelier that is easily worthy of being every room’s centerpiece – all created in a dazzling mixture of art and science.
Here is a video that illustrates Sylcom’s traditional process of making a Murano glass chandelier: