Millefiori Glass Dice – How Do They Do That?

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Not too long ago Level Up Dice revealed their Candy Glass line. These dice are meant to look like traditional Australian rock candies but are actually made of millefiori glass. Millefiori, Italian for “thousand flowers,” is a glasswork technique where glass beads called murrine are used to create intricate flower patterns.

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Level Up Dice – Poppy Candy Glass

The process of creating millefiori is tedious and requires an amazing amount of skill. The initial patterns are created by pressing hot glass into dip-molds, covering the newly-molded glass with another color of molten glass, and dipping again. The process is repeated several times before the glass is stretched into a large, thin cane. No matter how thin the diameter of the cane, the pattern of the core remains intact. Using special tools, the cane is then cut into murrine, or fused with other canes to make more intricate patterns.

While not dice, here is a great video of how millefiori is made, courtesy of Discovery.

Murrine can then be used in a variety of glassworks, often encased in clear crystal so the beautiful patterns can be put on display. They even make their way into your Candy Glass dice, be it Honeysuckle, Poppy, Primrose, Bluebonnet, Dahlia, and Forget-Me-Not. Owning a set is owning a piece of craftsmanship that dates all the way back to the late 5th century. One that practitioners of the art created with painstaking precision and skill.

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