These elaborate pattern making techniques of pieces included in this paperweight are extremely laborious. Years ago when first introduced, Millefiore glass was rare and considered suitable for only the uppermost tables of society.
The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words "mille" (thousand) and "fiori" (flowers).; meaning together a thousand flowers! What a beautiful name for a beautiful design.
The millefiori technique involves the production of glass canes or murrini rods. They have multicolored patterns that run throughout the rod. These patterns are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane. A murrine rod is created, heated in a furnace and pulled until thin while still maintaining the cross section's design. They are fused together again with other rods and cut to create flower patterns.The Lost in Spacesyde Paperweight includes murrini slices, dichroic glass, filigree and ribbon glass rods and glass florets created in the glass blowing studio. There are many different pieces of special glass contained in this paperweight. It will delight one for hours, examining it from all directions. \n \nVirginia and Tony create anneal all handblown paperweights in a digitally controlled annealer for strength and durability. The image you see is the piece you will receive should you make a purchase. Thank you for supporting fine Canadian Handblown art glass.