We love beads that come from faraway places and none have as rich a history as our Millefiori Glass Beads! The term Millefiori describes a glasswork technique with a specific pattern and is a combination of two Italian words: “milli” meaning thousand and “fiori” meaning flowers. Before this term was created, beads like these were called Mosaic.
Mosaic or millefiori beads are wound beads which have been decorated with thin slices of drawn canes. What is a cane, you ask? Cane-working is a glassblowing technique that is used to add color or patterns to other pieces of blown glass. It is made by either layering different colors on top of each other, while keeping the glass hot, or is made into just one color. Canes are typically made into long rods in which the layered patterns and different colors can only be seen at the very end of the rod. These are then typically cut into smaller pieces and molded into beads.
The making of this glass dates back to Ancient Roman times, but the technical knowledge for creating millefiori was lost by the eighteenth century. The revival of this technique happened in the nineteenth century; Factories in Italy, France and England were quick to begin production again.
Do you use beads like these in your designs? What are your favorite types of beads to use?
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