What are Millefiori & Murrine? And how are they used with Fused Glass

Heart Fused Glass Murrini  Dangle Earrings
Heart Fused Glass Murrini Dangle Earrings
Various millefiori fused together into a fused glass pendant
Various millefiori fused together into a fused glass pendant
Fused Glass Murrini Skull Post Earrings
Fused Glass Murrini Skull Post Earrings









In some of my Fused Glass work you may see the words Millefiori or Murrine and you may not know what they are so I thought I’d write a blog about both.

The Millefiori is an ancient technique (first appeared in the Mideast more than 4,000 years ago) and was revived in Venice in the sixteenth century and in France and England in the nineteenth century. Millefiori in Italian stand for a thousand flowers (“mille” [thousand] and “fiori” [flowers]. Millefiori is a glass technique, which produces decorative patterns in the glass.

The millefiori technique involves producing canes or rods known as murrine (common pluralization murrini). The rod/cane with multicolored patterns (murrine) is cut from the end. Murrine can be made in infinite designs. Murrine are designed by layering different colors of molten glass around a core, then heating and stretching it into a rod. When cool, the rod is sliced into cross-sections of desired thickness with each slice possessing the same pattern in cross-section.

Luckily, for me I just buy the cut millefiori or murrine then I fuse them the way I want as earrings, pendants, tie tacks, bracelet, etc. I consider the millefiori as the flower style and murrini and the other styles. I have several types of flowers but my favorites are the various types of murrini including aliens, ladybugs, hearts, smiley faces, dolphin, fish, whale, doggy paws, etc. What are really fun are my Halloween murrini including spiders, skulls, mummies, bats, etc. I took some quick pictures of my most recent Millefiori & Murrini that still need findings (bails, earrings, tie tack etc) before I put them on my actual sites. If you would like me to turn one into something special for you just email me.

Under the sea Murrini
Under the sea Murrini (turtles, fish, dolphin, whales, etc)
two of my many Halloween Murrini
Fused Glass Halloween Murrini
Fused Glass Murrini
Fused Glass Murrini (bees, butterflies, lady bugs, etc)
Fused Glass Millefiori
Fused Glass Millefiori






I can also make larger fused glass pendants that incorporate several millefiori/murrini. Moreover, I can add the millefiori as an accent. If you like fun fused glass and would like me to make a fused glass millefiori or murrine for you then let me know.

Don’t forget to check out all my sites, Fused Glass by Karen, My Etsy store, my Art fire Store, my Pinterest, and my YouTube Channel.


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