Ball Ornaments The creation of Christmas tree ball ornaments is a unique process in which simple paper is soaked in water, drained and then mixed with copper sulfate. This creates a pulp. The artisan then molds the pulp into the ideal shape. The shape is cut away, almost as if he is carving from wood, but with a far more intricate manner. The ball ornaments are then coated with glue and gypsum, rubbed smooth with stone and painted with beautiful details. The beauty of each of the Christmas ball ornaments makes them so valuable and well loved that people pass them down from generation to generation.