Custom snow globes are a very popular promotional product, especially the closer we get to the festive period. They hold a magical fascination for adults and children alike, with the intricate figures and the tiny particles of glitter or white ‘snow’, suspended in a clear liquid. For instance, this Kiehl’s custom snow globe is a good example of a great Christmas promo product that will look good on display during the holidays.
However, there is more to it than many would assume, so in this blog we will discuss the process of manufacturing custom snow globes in China.
Process 1- Base and Painting
Firstly, like all good products, the snow globes manufacturing process beings with a good design. This includes the CAD design of the figurines inside the globe, as well as the design around the base of the snow globes. Next, a 3D clay model is made of the base and the figures to get a better idea of how this will look.
It can come as a surprise to most, but the 3D design itself is made on a small surface area, but under the glass globe and with the water, the design is magnified significantly. Once this has been approved the manufacturing process can begin.
Moulding and casting are the first two steps to getting a physical product made. Resin is a very popular material and it is used in making both the base of the snow globes as well as the snowflakes inside. The globe itself can be made from glass or plastic, depending on the specific requirements of the client.
Once the base has been moulded and cast, it is placed in a vacuating chamber where it sets. Once it has set and been removed from this chamber, the base and sculpture of the snow globe are soaked in alkaline water.
The next step is finalising the design of the sculpture and the base. This involves the trimming and grinding sculpture and the base to smooth out any uneven areas and get the snow globe ready for painting. Then a laser is used to bring in more definition and make the details on the product stand out. Once this has been done, the snow globe is ready to be painted.
The painting of the custom snow globes is a very intricate process, and involves painting all of the components of the sculpture and the base. However, although snow globes are popular during the Christmas period, these snow globes can be custom made and used celebrate any holiday or anniversary.
Process 2- Filling with Water and Assembly
Once the snow globes have been painted, they are sprayed with a waterproof oil to protect them from wearing away in the water. They are then set aside to dry off. Also, the bottom base of the snow globe is smoothed out again, to make sure it is absolutely even once the globe has been assembled.
Then it is on to the next stage of the production process which is assembly. Firstly, a plastic gasket is attached to the bottom of the sculpture and then they are cleaned and placed in the vacuating chamber for the final time.
Then the glass globes are filled with liquid. Now at this point the client needs to be aware that the thickness of the liquid can differ significantly, depending on the climate of the country you are shipping the promotional snow globes to. For example, when shipping to a country like Russia in the lead up to Christmas, the temperatures can drop far below 0. At this point the client may request that the snow globes remain liquid in temperature of -10. In this instance, the liquid composition would be 40% water, 30% Benzoic acid and 30% Propyleine glycol which is a substance used as anti freeze. This will stop the liquid from freezing in temperatures up to -10.
At ODM, we will also insure that the liquid in the custom snow globes does not contain any toxic chemicals or heavy metals.
After that the snow globe is ready to be glued together and set aside to dry.
Process 3- Custom snow globes packaging
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The final step of manufacturing the custom snow globes is packing them. These products are individually wrapped in Styrofoam to protect them during transportation, and placed in their custom packaging ready to be shipped to the client. Here at ODM we can also have a detailed description printed on the box, to avoid any customs issues as the product makes it way to you.
Hope you have found this blog helpful. If you are interested in this product, our design team Mindsparkz will be happy to assist you with the CAD design, furthermore ODM will be delighted to manage the production process. Feel free to get in touch and let us assist you in coming up with some new and innovative ways to promote your brand.
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