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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

European ➔ Necklace

This necklace is made of small, glass beads called millefiori. Millefiori glass is a type of mosaic glassware with flower-like patterns. It is made by first heating a bundle of thin glass rods of different colors until the rods melt together. The bundle is then pulled thin, cooled, and sliced into small disks. These disks are attached to glassware such as a vase or bowl which is then reheated and blown a second time. The resulting product is a brilliantly colored piece of glassware with an intricate, fade-resistant design. This technique was invented by the ancient Egyptians. Since the 1800s, the technique has been used to make paperweights, beads, and marbles.
Lampwork, Glass, Metal
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Purchased With Funds From The Michigan Humanities Council

Discovery Kit: Jewelry (October 14 2019)

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