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When you make a murrine like that do you make a cane and potentially an edition or are you doing one-offs? Is it a plaque or a marble/weight and how big?

I saw your tutorial on making letter canes - very good, might be an idea to add direct a link here.

What do you mean when you say 'before it was pulled down'?

It is an art form that fascinates me, along with glass mosaic, but to date I have not indulged.

pulled down means " stretching the cane "

I'll try to hit the questions in order..

Anne, a murrine is made using almost the same techniques as a millefiori.. that is, layers of glass are built up to form a design, then pulled down to a very tiny cane. The image that started large remains intact, except much smaller. It's all glass.

If you look at our paperweights (and marbles) in our gallery pages, you will see designs similar to paperweights using mille- we tend to use concentric style in the layout.

Leni- No one in the States knows Django, I'm so happy to hear there is some recognition elsewhere for one of the greatest musicians of all time :-)

Frank, we get about 5 to 20 slices of murrine on average. We have only torches, so we can't pull down anything bigger than 2 inches without problems. To visualize the 'pull down'.. the picture I posted in this thread is a chunk of glass about 2.5" wide, 1.5" thick. It is made up of thousands and thousands of tiny colored glass strings I pulled to match the colors in the original image. Those are then fused, resulting in that block of glass. We later heated up the mass, and then stretched it very thin. That's the 'pull down' part (as Ray said in the earlier post).

Here is a link to a very basic step-by-step on making murrine:

All the best,

Chris and Lissa

Chris, good grief! I had no idea that it took so long - it looks incredibly fiddly.  The idea of working with strands of glass and fusing them together to make such complex images is amazing. You must be extremely dextrous and have the patience of a saint to be able to do this work. Thank you very much for your explanation and for the link - I'll never look at a paperweight in quite the same way now.

Oh and I didn't say earlier, but welcome to the board.  :D


--- Quote from: "GlassKitchen" ---Leni- No one in the States knows Django, I'm so happy to hear there is some recognition elsewhere for one of the greatest musicians of all time :-)
--- End quote ---

No one in the States? I'm shocked!   :shock:

Django Reinhardt, jazz guitarist par excellance, should be brought to the attention of everyone!   :D

I've just had to go and get my CD of Django with Stephane Grappelli and give my ears a treat while I write  8)


PS Lissa, I hope you're busy making my beads!  :wink:   :lol:


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