Ancient glass making techniques that were invented in Murano Italy by glass masters Filippo and Bernardo Catani in 1526 are used in the process. This elaborate pattern making technique was and still is difficult to perform. Filigree Glass, unlike conventional blown glass, was suitable for only the uppermost tables of society as it was not common.
Virginia selects the glass rods very carefully to match in size, twist and pattern. The rods go on a fire proof plate and arranged to display a distinct pattern. Then fused and picked up on the glassblowing pipe, formed and blown into the desired shape and size. This creates a uniquely formed pattern throughout the blown hollow glass bead.