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The process of making Millefiori

Millefiori Bead

Murrine Murrini Millefiori Cane
Murrini Canes, Rods
(Millefiori Canes, Rods)

Millefiori Beads or Mosaic Beads were used in Phoenician times, Roman times, and Alexandrian times.

The patterns are created using moulds that are made from canes. Italian Artistic Glasses have a plain exterior look, however, its interior look has versatile patterns including floral, star, heart and geometric patterns. The technique of making Italian Artistic Glasses and the production process have not changed, and every bead is completely handmade by artisans. This makes each Italian Artistic Glass so much artistic value and unique. The creations have extraordinary designs and rich colors.

slice of millefiori murrini murrine canes
Slices of Murrini Cane and Rod
(Millefiori Canes and Rods)

Shapes and Looks of Italian Artistic Glass

Italian Artistic Glass is made by glass canes or rods(Murrini Cane). The origin of the canes is from Italy, despite their plain exterior look, however, its interior look has versatile patterns including floral, star, heart and geometric patterns.

The making of Italian Artistic Glass Beads

Before artisans opened up their own shops, they had to go through many years making Murano Millefiori Glasses as apprentices. The reason is that making Murano Millefiori Glasses requires a high level of skill and patience as they are all handmade. Before creating Millefiori Murano Beads, artisans need to make a small, rough glass globe mixture called globule. On the end of a steel pole where the globule is placed, it is dipped into a glass mixture made from different colors. After each dipping, a multi-coloured layered sphere is formed that grows in size. This sphere is then placed in a special mould made from Murano canes(Murrini Canes) to give the Millefiori product the necessary shape. Murano canes or rods have a plain exterior look, however, the interior is with astonishing floral patterns. Star and geometric shapes are also typical patterns in these canes or rods. After that, the multi-coloured layered sphere is dipped into a transparent glass mixture that gives a shiny and round outer surface, the special mould gives it a glass-like surface finish. When the glass melts, the sphere attached to the end of the long steel pole is gently made into a rod creating the desired thickness. The rod is then cut up into the desired size that results in Millefiori Murano Beads. When the beads are still in semi-liquid state, they are placed into furnace to create a smoother surface and to reach other desired effects. Next, the product is put in a special furnace with the temperature set and the heating is done to strengthen the glass. Millefiori Murano Beads are usually in rich colouring and longer than the traditional beads.

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