This is a ‘testing the waters’ post … a brief dip back into my blog.
Frequently asked questions ….
Where did I go? What has been happening? And where are all the beads gone? And what is millefiori?
Ah yes the beads.
The ‘all sorts’ of jewellery making.
The candy of creation …. those sparkling, glistening little trinkets.
Addiebeads is in transition. Moving from one space to another.
No more bead selling and lots more jewellery making.
For now millefiori is on my mind and a shift from selling beads to creating and designing an Addiebeads rage of jewellery is underway.
So what is Millefiori?
Millefiori is an italian glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers). The manufacture of these glass beads can be traced back to Roman times and interestingly traces of millefiori have been found in archaeological sites in Ireland as far back as the 8th century. The glass these days is made in Murano which is a tiny little island near Venice. It can be known as either murano glass or venetian glass. The glass is made in cane form (like straws) and then sliced to reveal the intricate patterns inside. They are more like discs than beads and dont have centre holes for threading. Here is an example of what the canes look like before they are ‘sliced’.
I have been busy sourcing these tiny little glass flowers and working out the best way to sit them into pendants. There are many different ways of doing this but in order to have the best possible finish this has taken me many months to work out! I am still not sure if I am getting it right! But onwards goes the research!
So where have I been?
I’ve been researching, designing and refocussing. I am working on a new brand. New packaging, new labels and a brand new Addiebeads is coming soon!
More on the ‘making’ process in my next post!