This morning, we departed our Waterford hotel and drove round to nearby Waterford Crystal where we toured the manufacturing process and showroom.

We were taken through all the basic steps needed to produce a piece of Waterford Crystal. Mould-making is first, where wooden moulds are produced.Then the glass itself is blown by expert glass-blowers . Out of molten crystal a glass vessel is produced via a process that involves a furnace operating at 1,400 degrees Celsius.

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