Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Pattern Play: Millefiori

The millefiori (thousand flowers) technique involves the production of glass canes or rods, known as murrine, with multicolored patterns which are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane. Millefiori beads are made of plain wound glass bead cores. Thin slices of cut cane (murrine) are being pressed into the bead surface, forming mosaic-like patterns, while the glass is still hot. Millefiori beads can be decorated sparingly with a small number of murrine or they can be covered entirely, either by the same style of murrine, or by a combination of two or more styles, applied to form a flush, smooth surface, or left protruding from the bead. The manufacture of mosaic beads can be traced back to Ancient Rome, Phoenician and Alexandrine times. Although the Millefiori technique was developed in Murrano, Italy in the 15th century, the heyday of Millefiori bead manufacture ranged from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Handmade translucent lightbulb lamp by Emeraldhearth.com


Earrings available on Etsy
Majestic Millefiori Vase from the Smithsonian Store


Millefiori pendant light at Shades of Light


Wall sconce from Eurofase.

So pretty!

2 comments:

** Terramia ** said...

These are all stunning...

Ms. Place said...

Secretly and in my heart of hearts, I love Milleiori more than any other glass. I bought some in New Zealand and cherish the purchase.

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