Murrini and Millefiore
The handblown Murrini and Millefiore Paperweights Virginia and Tony create are extremely collectible. Virginia and Tony make these with great care and devotion by at their glassblowing studio in Halton Hills, On. The millefiore creation uses Venetian influenced glass making techniques.
This elaborate pattern making technique was extremely laborious. The process is no easier today. Murrini and 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.
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