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Molten silica creates the glass.
I'm forever blowing Baubles...!
Britain's biggest hand blown Christmas bauble factory is working flat out at this time of year to keep up with demand for the festive favourite.
10,000 baubles are blown and individually signed every year at Bath Aqua Glass using raw silica for the blue tinged glass that is then coated with a mixture of copper, iron, manganese or even gold oxide to create colourful and unique designs.
Evidence of glass making dating back to Roman times have been discovered in the historic Somerset town and boss Annette Dolan keeps the tradition alive with the delicate creations being sent all over the world.