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Then I saw it in a tub in Quartzsite!
Bricks of the stuff! The reds, the blues, and the green were spectacular. The tiny flowers would bring a smile to Grinch's face. So I bought some and brought it home.
I love this stuff so much I have to share it. If you want a FREE SLAB, see below!
GLASS BRICKS--THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM OF GETTING DIFFERENT ANGLES.
This red brick is about six inches square and about 1.5 inches thick (see the end cut above). There is some sort of silvery material around the brick, probably glass dust. Notice how the parallel lines on the side gave me a lot of new possibilities!
The reason I wanted bricks instead of slabs was because I was fascinated with the possibilities of cutting and cabbing it that weren't just a strait cut parallel to the blossoms. I wanted to do cabs, and I wanted to cab the glass on angles showing off the material inside.
This is a piece I cabbed from the green block I purchased. The colors are bright and it almost looks like there's some weird choir singing through the glass.
In my haste to acquire these beautiful bricks at such a good price, I didn't ask too many questions. I'm sure none of you have ever done that . . . The good price? Well, the show was a few days from closing, so I figured I got lucky. Maybe.
After I got home, I gave myself some time to take a better look at the bricks. They were still beautiful, but, darn if there weren't some flaws. But even world famous Millefiori Glass from Murano would occasionally have a bum batch they'd sell off cheap, right?
Because of the history and craftsmanship of the Millefiori Glass made in Murano, Italy. It is the gold standard. Other places may make a similar looking product and even use the same techniques, but they aren't the same. Many are undoubtedly lovely, but it's similar is using the word "Champagne" to describe a bubbly wine. While there are many wineries that produce extraordinary bubbly all around the world, only wines made from grapes grown in the Champagne area of France and grown and produced following specific guidelines are actually Champagne.
WHAT MAKES MILLEFIORI GLASS, MILLEFIORI GLASS?
According to 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). Apsley Pellatt in his book Curiosities of Glass Making was the first to use the term "millefiori", which appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1849. The beads were before then called mosaic beads."
Okay, that's a start.
My next step was to send some pictures of what I had purchased to Client Services at Glass Of Venice, a distributor of Millefiori Glass art. Julia wrote back quickly, "In our opinion this is not authentic Murano Glass. Similar slabs made in China can be purchased on Alibaba for a low price of $16 per kilogram, see this listing as an example: https://m.alibaba.com/product/60475870290/Wholesale-colored-millefiori-glass-brick-for.html
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Murano masters typically do not sell Millefiori Glass in bricks, Italian Millefiori Glass is available either in rods or in the finished form. Murano Millefiori is entirely handmade using the ancient method, which is very labor intensive and results in high prices."
I checked the website and you have to purchase a whole lot of the stuff to get that price. Also, checking around, I discovered that the Murano glass is generally sold in rods or bits of rods, to be assembled, fired, and finished by the glass artist.
On their web site, Glass of Venice, they share this history of the beautiful glass.
As you know, this Lapidary Whisperer, has rocks that tell her their stories which I try to incorporate into whatever I make of them. So, I'll send this slab to the reader in the U.S. who gives me the name or story for this stone I like best. If you work it, I'd love to run a picture of what you made on a blog in the future. If you just like the slab, no problem. The story doesn't need to be more than a sentence or so, just let me know what you see in it.
The slab has angled sides. The even, flat part is roughly 1.25 x 1.25 x .25 inches.
Send your entry to me directly at Donna@LapidaryWhisperer.com
Tell me a story!
Until next time,