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Glossary

Murano Glass:

A famous product made in the Italian Venetian island of Murano, its methods go as far back as the 9th Century. Developed over centuries using the purist crystallo glass, glass makers of Venice monopolised the industry for many hundreds of years, with their intricate designs and highly developed methods they are still the masters today.

Avventurina:

An Italian glass containing particles of copper, the word 'Ventura' derives from the fact that it was discovered by chance by a glass artist around 1644, but was not used as material for blowing glass until around 1860. The recipe for its making has remained a closely guarded secret by Murano glass artists.

Dichroic Glass:

Dichroic means two colours, when this glass is viewed from different angles, it has many colours. It is made from very very thin layers of zirconium aluminium and titanium, and uses light manipulation to create colour. It was originally produced by the space industry NASA .

Glass Fusion:

The joining of two or more pieces of glass by a kiln firing process until they flow together, at a certain heat the glass becomes soft and then fluid allowing it to join.

Slumping:

The process of heating already fused glass in a kiln over a mould in order to create a bowl or other form

Tack fusing:

The process of firing glass in a kiln to a temperature when the glass softens and joins together but does not lose its original shape.

Blown Glass:

A method of working with glass using hollow rods with which the artist blows through to form shapes with molten glass.

Millefiori:

A term meaning a thousand flowers often used to describe a tiny Murano glass flower.

Swarovski Crystal:

A brand name for quality lead crystal pieces precision cut to form sparkling jewels originating in Austria.

Sterling Silver:

An alloy containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals making it hard enough for jewellery uses. Hence 925 silver.

 


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