Festive Productions’ Tinsel Creations
Festive Productions create over 14 million metres of tinsel every year making them the UK’s biggest manufacturer, and as they’re local to us being based in Cwmbran, we’ve been looking at how tinsel is made in their factory where it’s Christmas every day.
Tinsel started out in Germany, being made initially of silver cut into strands to reflect candle light. Since then, it’s been made of cheaper metals like copper, tin and lead before being made of the PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride film we’re used to seeing today. Modern production is mostly done through a machine in three main steps: Firstly, the foil is cut, then wire is added for strength before two pieces are spun together to bind them through centrifugal force. This same process is used for all their tinsel styles, with Festive Productions even having recently partnered with Disney for a magical Christmas collection.