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What is Murano glass?

Murano glass is a type of high-quality glassware that is handcrafted on the island of Murano, near Venice, Italy. It has a long history dating back to the 13th century and is known for its stunning beauty and craftsmanship. Murano glass is famous for its vibrant colors, intricate designs and unique techniques passed down through generations of skilled artisans.

The art of Murano glass making has been a closely guarded secret for centuries, and the glassblowers of Murano have refined their skills to create stunning works of art. They use various techniques, such as blowing, shaping and cutting, to shape the glass into various objects such as jewelry ( earrings , bracelets , necklaces , watches and beads ), vases, bowls, figurines and chandeliers.

In the thousand-year history of existence, the glassblowing tool has not changed. They work with an iron stick, hollow on the inside, one third covered with wood.

Murano glass is blown by mouth

At one end of the reed there is a nozzle, at the other - a special thickening for a set of liquid glass, which melts in a furnace at a temperature of more than 1000 ° C. The master picks up a glass ball with a tube , blows into the nozzle and the cavity of the product is filled with air.

One of the most well-known techniques in Murano glassblowing is 'millefiori' , in which complicated patterns are created by stacking small glass rods of different colors and fusing them together. Another famous technique is "aventurine", where small metal particles are incorporated into the glass to create a sparkling effect.

Because of its unique beauty and craftsmanship, Murano glass is highly sought after by collectors and art lovers around the world. When purchasing Murano glass, it is important to check the authenticity of the piece, as imitations have been produced in other regions.

All in all, Murano glass is not only a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the glassblowers, but also a cherished part of Italy's cultural heritage and an extraordinary form of artistic expression.

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