Mosaic Millefiori

"A Thousand Flowers"

Millefiori comes from the world renowned Effetre Factory in Murano, Italy

View this video to see the process of making millefiori paper weights:

The millefiori technique involves the production of glass canes or rods, known as murrine, with multicoloured patterns which are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane.  A murrine rod is 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 addition of millefiori to a mosaic design can create a breathtaking piece of artwork.