This magnificent Elite Victory Flame award deserves to be in a class by itself. Standing an imposing 12in tall, it features a premium optical crystal rectangular plaque with bevelled edges and a bevelled base. The front of the plaque is graced by a pate de verre sculpture of a torch and flame (please see the Product Description below for the story of pate de verre, an ancient technique of artisan glass work). Suitable as trophies at the very highest levels of achievement, these awards can be engraved on the bevelled base. Size (HxWxD): 12in x 5 3/4in x 3in. Product code: E2885
These superb Victory Flame awards from Prism Crystal's Elite Collection were designed by crystal artist Peter Yenawine. He says of this collection:
"The overall inspiration was to create works of art that could be personalised for presentation, recognising outstanding achievement."
"A work of art must be perfect in form and proportion before it can be considered for decoration or customisation. All of the works in this collection have considered personalisation as a major parameter in their creation. Therefore, whether you simply select a piece and present it as a work of art, or completely personalise it for a particular corporation, occasion, or milestone, it is assured to be treasured by the recipient for generations."
"The individual works were conceived in order to recognise significant achievement in specific arenas: leadership; integrity; responsibility; sales; and promoting the corporate culture."
About the pate de verre method:
The detailed torch and flame figure in this award is made using the pate de verre technique, an ancient method of working with crystal to create truly stunning artefacts. Pate de verre uses a 30 per cent lead crystal paste made from 'groisil', a specially produced batch of granular crystal. This crystal paste is sculpted into its final form using the lost-wax technique of creating a model in plaster, forming a 'negative' hollow mould in elastomer and creating a wax sculpture of the figure. This wax version is then used to create a plaster mould into which the groisil is placed and slowly fired to 1000 degrees centigrade over the course of ten days. The groisil melts and flows into the shape of the mould. After ten days the temperature is then gradually reduced again and the plaster mould broken to reveal the pate de verre sculpture. The artisan then completes the work with cleaning, polishing, buffing and burnishing. Creating a crystal art work using pate de verre is a technique that dates from 5000BC and creates a glass artefact with a unique translucency, texture and substance that cannot be obtained with blown or moulded glass.
A video of the pate de verre method can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK8TJjGhjSw