The first step was to pour molten glass into a large outside mold, then press a smaller inner mold into the first one. If any glass seeped through the edges, it was a simple matter of polishing and buffing away the telltale seams. While the glass was still hot, it could be hand-finished, adding inventive shapes like ruffles and crimping. The objects created in this style included vases, dinnerware and hair accessories. The gaudy, flashy glass lost its appeal during the depression years of the Dirty Thirties, so much so that it was given away as prizes during carnivals and fairs, thereby earning its name. It made a comeback during the 1950s as punch bowls, tumblers, jugs, dishes, vases, and hundreds of other items, more than a thousand patterns produced in the USA alone. Earlier works, especially the popular marigold designs, retain a far greater value as many fragile pieces may not have survived the years. More modern reproductions, although popular, are not as valuable.
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