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Title: Murrine (pics gone)
Post by: GlassKitchen on April 20, 2005, 04:04:09 PM
Hi all,

Nice to find this site. My wife Lissa and I work with glass, mainly marbles, but we have made a few paperweights. We specialize in murrine, it has become quite a passion.

Hopefully we will be able to contribute to the group :-) We have studied just about every resource on murrine there is. Not so much knowledge on millefiori, but some.

Here is a picture of the latest murrine I made, before it was pulled down:

It's not the normal subject matter we work with, but I love the image.

Chris Juedemann
Title: Murrine
Post by: RAY on April 20, 2005, 05:23:04 PM
WOW :D  now thats smart, i like the Jimmy Hendrix one your site
Title: Murrine
Post by: Anne on April 20, 2005, 06:17:32 PM
Being a complete murrine ignoramus, can I ask, Chris, if you would please explain for the likes of me (a) what murrine is, and (b) how you use it/them in the context of the paperweights you make?

The example in your post is lovely, and I also like the sea turtle one in your gallery very much.
Title: Murrine
Post by: KevinH on April 20, 2005, 06:32:09 PM
Hi Chris,

Welcome to the Board.

I haven't yet read the PCA Bulletin article about yours and Lissa's work - but I will have to do so now. Well ... after I have done surfing the net and glancing at the snooker on TV  :D
Title: Murrine
Post by: Leni on April 20, 2005, 07:46:18 PM
:shock:  :shock:  :shock: Stunning work!  What talented people!  :D  I love your website, and especially the demo!   :shock:

Have emailed you about ordering some beads, but PLEASE can you make some more paperweights for sale :shock:

I do like Django - and Che, of course is superb :D

Welcome 'on board'!   :wink:   :lol:

Title: Murrine
Post by: Frank on April 20, 2005, 08:05:05 PM

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.
Title: Murrine
Post by: RAY on April 20, 2005, 09:26:24 PM
pulled down means " stretching the cane "
Title: murrine
Post by: GlassKitchen on April 21, 2005, 02:47:07 AM
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
Title: Murrine
Post by: Anne on April 21, 2005, 08:05:12 AM
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
Title: Re: murrine
Post by: Leni on April 21, 2005, 08:12:15 AM
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 :-)

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: