Appreciation and Display

Q1. How to Appreciate Fine Crystal

You may appreciate the outer beauty of glassworks through the lines, shapes and luster, and discern the inner connotation and meaning through the design.

With regard to the shape, the crystal feature of glass may help express the unique aesthetics of each art piece aided by different light sources, angles, heftiness, hollowness and color flow. As for artistic conception, the designer bestows the artworks with stereoscopic structure through creativity. You may learn what concept the designer aims to convey and feel the beauty of art though themes and text descriptions.

Q2. Is illumination needed? How are light sources matched?

Light is an indispensable element to appreciate crystal-like glass artworks. Smoother and clearer appearance of artworks can be revealed through light refraction. When presented under light sources from different directions, the artwork will display myriads of changes and utterly different vitality.

Generally speaking, light from the bottom-up makes glass more glamorous, while down pouring light outlines every detail of a glass work. A glass artwork should be displayed in a well-illuminated environment if the display cabinet is without light. For example, the artwork should be put near the window to display the changes in natural light, thereby generating different styles that fully showcase marvelous glass images.

Q3. Does Tittot provide booking services for exclusive display stations or cabinets?

Yes, you are welcome to contact us.

Q4. Does Tittot provide consultancy services concerning display?

Yes, please contact us.

Use and Maintenance

Q1. How to Care for Crystal

Cleaning Note:
it is recommended that the artwork be cleaned with soft brush or cotton cloth to keep the surface shiny and clean. Please do not stain the artworks with oil, or clean it with water for mineral contained in water may accumulate in the corners of the artworks.

Please Handle with Care:
Glass is fragile and one should prevent the glass from colliding with anything. It should be put on a cushion when displayed on a counter, in order to reduce vibration and prevent small abrasions.

Room Temperature:
glass artworks are prone to crack under a wide temperature gap due to thermal expansion and contraction, therefore outdoor display is not recommended.

Tittot Service:
please contact us in case of damage or difficulty in cleaning.

Q2. Can plates, cups and other works be used as dining wares?

Greasy food lessens glass luster, and alternate cooling and heating may cause cracks. Therefore, we merely recommend using these glass artworks as cups for wine and cool beverage, or container for biscuits, nuts and other dry food.

Craft and Texture

Q1. Why does dewaxing casting craft generate bubbles in artworks?

Glass doesn’t have a fixed melting point. It tends to become softer as temperature rises above 450゚C, and melt into liquid form at around 1400 ゚C.

The dewaxing casting craft sinters at 850℃ when glass becomes maltose-like thick paste. When poured into mould, the glass paste piles to trap bubbles in and cools down into the final state as we see it. This is the characteristic of the dewaxing casting craft. Through unique designs, bubbles may reflect light and add more sense of beauty to the art piece.

Q2. Why do Tittot’s works of the same pattern display such sharp differences in color?

This is the characteristic of the dewaxing casting craft of Tittot.

Every piece is purely handmade, therefore any trivial change such as how the coloring material is stored or the temperature in the stove, makes the melting glass paste cool into art pieces with uniqueness.

Q3. Crystal, glass and glaze, what are their differences?

Crystal glass can be made by adding lead oxide into the basic formula when sintering glass,

Crystal can be divided into natural and man-made. The latter is a kind of glass. By standards of eastern European countries, glass containing more than 24% lead is deemed crystal glass. More lead content means better translucency, better refraction and higher grade.

In the US where lead glass is not in use, glass with sound translucency and refraction rate is deemed crystal glass, such as barium glass. Therefore, the meaning of crystal glass varies from region to region. In general, crystal glass refers to those with high manufacturing standard, good translucency and refraction rate.

Glaze (Liuli) is another name of glass in ancient China. Glaze is included among the Seven Buddhism Treasures, whose meaning expands to describe superior purity or ideality. In modern times, glaze is the romantic name of glass artworks known among the Oriental people.

Q4. Does Tittot use natural crystal materials?

No. Natural crystal contains mainly quartz in hexagonal structures. Artificial crystal glass does not contain such structure; therefore it can melt into paste state under high temperature, making it highly shapeable.

Q5. Does the metal content in glaze separate and leak?

Glass is a very stable material, metal contents of which only separate a little at very high temperature. Usage under regular temperature is totally safe.

Q6. What is the difference between dewaxing casting craft and high temperature press mould craft?

Dewaxing craft firstly carves out stereoscopic clay mould, and then transforms it into fire-resistant plaster female mould where glass paste of 850℃ will be slowly poured in. On the contrary, high temperature press mould technique uses fire-resistant metal mould, and then presses 1400℃ glass liquid swiftly under high pressure to manufacture.

The differences in terms of mould making and casting methods lead to different visual effects. The handmade mould and slow moulding process of dewaxing casting result in smooth, soft and gentle lines of the final work as well as myriads of changes. On the contrary, the high temperature and swift pressing of moulding with machinery result in final works of strong modern sense with precision and accuracy.

Q7. How is the color formed? Could it be adjusted? Does it fade?

When sintering glass, adding different metal oxide ingredients in the basic formula will create different colors. For example, gold can be sintered into red, cobalt oxide blue, selenium amber, copper oxide green, manganese oxide purple, and so on.

Color of glass originates from the chemical reaction, therefore the method of color adjustment differs from regular color matching. Some color can’t be achieved due to the characteristic of metal oxides. Sintered glass is very stable and not likely to react with other materials, so its color will not change or fade.

Questions Concerning Products

Q1. Where can we buy Tittot’s works?

Please see the service locations.

Q2. Where can Tittot’s works be repaired?

All of Tittot’s direct franchises are capable of handling repair problems.

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Q3. Is there customized service?

Yes, please see the corporate service sector.

Q4. Is there extra charge for gift wrapping services?

All Tittot’s works are wrapped in exquisite packaging and exclusive gift styling. There is no need for extra pay.

Q5. Are Tittot’s works suitable for consigned shipment?

Sure. We have already taken rigorous protection measures against abrasions/collisions in the original wrappings. Consigned shipment is totally feasible under complete and safe packing measures.