Burmese glass was patented in 1885 by the U.S. Mount Washington Glass Company. Queen Victoria was apparently awed by the beauty of this art glass and purchased a Burmese glass tea set. Thomas Webb and Sons, a British company, were then licensed to produce their own version of Burmese glass known as Queen^s Burmeseware. Queen Victoria gave permission to name the art glass collection in her honour.
The process for producing Burmese glass begins with an ordinarily translucent white glass. Addition of uranium oxide gives a warm yellow color to Burmese glass, while the high degree heating or re-heating of the gold (a tincture of which is added) imparts the rosy pink shading. Intense heat directly influences the extent of shading. The combination of all three elements in varying degrees creates a breathtaking array of colors.
Burmese glass products also came with attached glass beads, making for a brilliant glowing effect. Another technique used to create Burmese glass was called coralene. In this process, the glassworker would fasten small beads to the surface of the glass with an enamel paste. When bright light passed through the beads and reflected off of the paste, the result would be a glowing effect in the overall art glass. There were occasional instances where they would also apply gilded decorations, but for the most part, the appeal and attraction of Burmese glass lay in its elegant simplicity.
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