Collectable lampwork Murano glass bead whose main color is cobalt blue. This intense blue is the result of layers of different transparent colors.
This is one of my “Mappaperla“: a composition of a big sized glass bead on a customized brass base.
The Mappaperla are an expression of my glass path. How big can a bead go only by using the traditional muranese technique? Also making this kind of beads is a challenge with your skills and the flame. The technique I use is called lampwork. In this technique we use only a flame to melt glass rods. You need to know your flame as you know your house, all the ups and all the downs, all the corners and how to better use them.
Well, then, the decoration is my favourite part of the work: bigger is the bead the more space for the decoration I have!
It is not easy to manage such a mass of glass using only the torch flame. You need to perfectly control the temperature to prevent the piece from cracking and to keep the control you want on the decoration, specially if you work on a symmetrical design.
This Murano Glass bead is also one of my Fenice bead whose main characteristic is the metallic color of the base. This color is the result of the oxidation of a silver leaf on the base.
The color of the Fenice beads changes over time, as other silver objects, they keep reacting with the air and oxidation keep going. Same for the row brass of the base that will turn burnished sooner or later. In this way this object becomes also a reminder of the time spent with you.
The bead is approx. 7.5cmx 4cm and the total height of the piece is approx. 20cm.
Please notice that all my creations are subjected to a correct cooling cycle to guarantee the solidity of the piece.
Colours may differ from the originals due to the different monitor settings.
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