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  1. millefiori(Noun)

    A decorative glassware technique using a mosaic of coloured beads

  2. Origin: mille fiori

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  1. Millefiori

    Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words "mille" and "fiori". Apsley Pellatt was the first to use the term "millefiori", which appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1849. The beads were called mosaic beads before then. While the use of this technique long precedes the term "millefiori", it is now frequently associated with Venetian glassware. More recently, the millefiori technique has been applied to polymer clays and other materials. Because polymer clay is quite pliable and does not need to be heated and reheated to fuse it, it is a much easier medium in which to produce millefiori patterns than glass.


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