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Millefiori Ball

Here is a ball made with millefiori canes. Millefiori, originally an Italian word that means “1,000 flowers,” is also known as mosaic glass, referring to objects made from preformed elements placed in a mold and heated until they fuse. In this video, the process of making millefiori cane slices and blowing the ball is presented. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath.

The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the wonders of Venetian glass were well known throughout western Europe. Not well known, however, was how these objects were made. Until now. The result of 30+ years of research by William Gudenrath, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking presents 35 complete reconstructions of Venetian glassmaking techniques through detailed 360˚ photography and high-definition video.