The name “Millefiori” (thin glass polychrome canes) comes from the various geometrical and floral patterns present in the center of the same.

The “Millefiore“, which are often identified with the “Murrina” itself, are small objects enchantingly manufactured that still represent a mystery for many people due to their fine decorations. For this reason “Gli Ori di Venezia” thought of the idea of offering, to those who desire to approach these small jewels for the first time, a brief story and some fundamental moments of the long and complex manufacturing of the “Murrine“.

The use of the glass rods goes back to the Phoenician and Alexandrian Age. It can be found in the vases and bowls from the Antique Roman Period. In the XVI Century this technique came back to rise to become art-work thanks to the Murano glass Masters in the beginning of the XIX Century.

The workmanship

The glass rod, in its original circular form, is covered with layers of different colored glass and heated in front of the oven. At each passage special grooved molds confer to the still soft cylinder the most various shapes in its entire length.

The rod is then re-heated and pulled to become very thin but yet maintaining the perfect tiny section and the original design.

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Size & Shapes

Opportunely cooled off on the ground, each rod is cut into small bars. With a detailed and patient work, the segments of “Millefiori” are placed together in small different size molds complying to the prearranged design and composition of colors.

These singular pieces, placed in re-heating molds, are slilghtly melted together to create a mosaic. Our “Murrina” comes from these `blocks’ of unrefined glass.

In the cold shop the “Murrina” is cut in different sizes or designs and grounded to create a unique and unrepeatable miniature. Each item is completed with its gold frame transforming it into a small jewel.

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