Millefiori

By Cindy Goldrick Millefiori translated from Italian to English as “thousand flowers” and it’s a glass technique that dates back to Roman times. Examples have been found in the Sutton Hoo burial site so we know that “mosaic beads” as they were called were a hot and highly valued trade item. The island of Murano was home to the technique for hundreds of years but the secret to making the murrini canes died out and was revived in the 1800s. Here is a picture of the millefiori I work with in my enamelling. Very tiny and very pretty flower shapes. …