Sunday, November 8, 2009
Beaded Jewelry by Susan: Glass Bead Primer, cont.
Millefiore beads are made from canes, rods of glass clustered together to form designs that look like flowers. The canes or rods, known as murrine, have multicolored patterns that are viewable from the cut ends. The murrine rods are heated in a furnace, pulled until thin while still maintaining the cross section's design, and then cut into beads or discs when cooled. The beads may be large pendants or donuts, small rounds, flat discs, rectangles, squares, ovals, or even stars.