The Blown Hollow Filigrana Bead Necklaces are our Signature Series. Virginia and Tony create the hollow blown beads at their glassblowing studio in Halton Hills On.
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.
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.
This elaborate form of Filigrana Glass is responsible for the fame of Murano style glass today.
The patterns and colors to be combined in these Hollow Filigrana Bead Necklaces are almost limitless. Because of this, much appreciation and joy is brought to collectors of the beloved Filigree Glass technique. As a result, these blown filigrana hollow bead necklaces are a welcome addition to any wardrobe accessory collection.
Virginia admires the Venetian Style Filigree and Ribbon Glass rods. She always believed that they were beautiful enough to stand alone as a focal point in jewelry or ornaments so she created lovely Hollow Filigrana Bead Necklaces
Virginia strings these delightful necklaces with her blown glass cane beads combined with .925 Sterling silver beads and clasps. She then signs them with a lampworked signature bead close to the clasp.