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Millefiori Beads

Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers). Apsley Pellatt (in his book “Curiosities of Glass Making”) was the first to use the term “millefiori”, which appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in 1849. The beads were […]

For the Bead Collectors

DEDUCING ATTITUDES FROM ARTIFACTS By Robert K. Liu, article from Ornament 24 (4): 2001 Deducing Attitudes from Artifacts – Imitations, Fakes, Misrepresentations, Cultural Substitutes, Replicas and Artist Interpretations Drawing on their ancient, ethnographic or contemporary origins, beads and similar artifacts reappear in every possible physical form, as imitations, fakes, misrepresentations, cultural substitutes, replicas, as well […]