Thursday, March 23, 2006

Polymeri Online 23.3.06

Some History about the Millefiori?

From Wikipedia - Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware.The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words "mille" (thousand) and "fiori" (flowers). A. Pellatt (in his book "Curiosities of Glass Making") was the first to use the term "millefiori", which did not appear in the Oxford Dictionary until 1849. The beads were called mosaic beads before that time. While the use of this technique long precedes the term millefiori, it is now frequently associated with Venetian glassware.More recently, the millefiori technique has been applied to polymer clays and other materials. Because polymer clay is quite pliable and does not need to be heated and reheated in order to fuse it, it is much easier to produce millefiori patterns than with glass.

Here are some glass-millefiori inspiration sites -

Murano Glass Millefiori Pendants

Millefiori Ring -

and save last for last - a colorfull Polymer Clay site from Brown Dog Designs - Pierrette Ashcroft -