Making A Simple Murrine

These steps show the basics of murrine construction. All work is done in the flame using only glass.
This murrine is a signature cane, but the process is the same for all murrine. If you wanted to make a face
you would make a cane for the eyes, nose, ears and mouth, then join them together, adding shading with different
hues. It is a lot like painting with molten glass. A simple cane like this one can take about three hours. The complex
murrine we make can take up to two weeks to complete, and can be the size of a softball before we pull them down to a cane!
We love to talk murrine, so if you have any questions about the process email us here.

 

The start of a 'C'

 

The 'C' takes shape

 

Molten glass is 'painted on' to fill spaces and complete the design

 

Adding more glass to cover the outside of the cane. Arrows show the stroke direction

 

The 'C' is complete. Glass is added to both ends so as not to distort the cane when it is pulled down

 

Large glass rods are melted on to both ends for handles. The mass of glass is heated to the point where it almost drips.
It is then pulled into a cane form.

 

A section of the 'C' cane is cut with glass nippers and placed into a kiln at 1000F. Note the size difference from the original mass.

 

The 'J' is constructed in the same way

 

The finished 'J'. A piece of the cane is cut and put into the kiln

 

The C and J are removed from the kiln and melted together. More glass is added to fill the gaps

 

Another color is added to the outside for contrast

 

The cane is pulled down the same way as the C and J

 

The final cane is nipped short and put into the kiln to anneal. After a day of slow cooling
the cane is removed and small slices are cut- murrine!

 


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