Beautiful Millefiori Red Flower Bead String

Product Code: ga1989

Availability:In stock

Price is per 16-inch string of these beautiful 6mm beads.

Millefiori, translates from Italian to "thousand flowers". Each bead is handmade under the flame, using glass canes or rods. First glass rods are made like candy rock with multiple colours throughout. The colours at this stage are only viewable from the cut ends. The bead maker then cuts thin slices off while the glass is still hot and press them down to form mosaic patterns.

This labour intensive process attracted a high price for the beads. However today, the millefiori technique has been applied to polymer clay's which are pliable and do not need to be heated and reheated in order to fuse. This makes it much easier to produce millefiori patterns than with glass. There are hundreds of thousands of different designs of Millefiori beads, making them great to collect.