Bullseye Murrine

So here is the story. I had access to 2″ stainless steel tubing and found they were good for firing Bullseye stringers into Murrine designs using a kiln. For a brief period I tried to sell the molds with kiln paper to fit and firing instructions.
 
I am not selling the tubes anymore but I have all these murrine available. 
For the Sams, Sallys, Sarahs or Singens, The pixilated “S” weighs 275 grams and the only piece cut off of it is about 20 grams. 
 
(The Uroboros logo is made of Bullseye glass)
 
If interested in buying some use the contact form for prices and size options or any questions.
 
S Bullseye murinne
Murrine Slugs
Fired and cleaned “Murrine Slugs”.

 

Kiln and tube shot
Stacked stringer ready to fire in the kiln
Heart Cabochon
Heart Cabochon – murrine simply fired with a piece of clear on top.

dragon-murrine-coin

Stringer stacker
Stacking stringer. You could make something lie this or just use a box lid, tilted, so the stringers stay where you put them.
puzzle-murrine
Puzzle Piece Murrine after the cane pull and chopping off a few.

 

Greg Chase Glass Murrina Encased Pendant

Chase pendant

Chase pendant

Get this Greg Chase Glass Murrina Encased Pendant – Greg Chase is a well know master in the art of Murrine (or Millie) making. I have taken one of his “coins”, a slice of a murrine “cane”  included in a rare double sided encasement and made that into a pendant. This petite, for glass, 8.3g pendant is simply a wearable showcase for Greg’s artistry. About 2 inches long. The cane is a scene of the New Orleans waterfront with pelicans flying overhead.  This listing is for one pendant.
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You can purchase Greg’s cane here

Hearts of Boro (borosilicate glass) murrine cane.

Boro hearts

I am taking baby steps where learning the complex process of making murrine.

Often referred to a millefiori, meaning million flowers. Glass cane like this one pictured that is not a representation of a flower are call murrine (plural) or murrina (singular). Popular murrine range in complexity from abstract forms to Simpson characters to tiny reproductions of Renaissance oil paintings. These murrine rang in price from $1-2 per gram to thousands of dollars for a single “coin” or slice of the glass cane produced my artists like Loren Stump.

When the murrine is cut, it can be sniped with a set of tile nippers or sliced with a diamond encrusted lapidary saw. When simply nipped off the pieces are usually irregular but only need to be fire polished with a torch. These are usually included into a larger glass object. When saw cut, the individual slices are more uniform and are typically polished, like gems are polished, to show off the design. When polished these murrina are mist likely destined for the collection of an avid murine collector but my also be included in larger works or included in pieces of jewelry.

Some purists collectors would shutter to do anything but collect and slow their collection in little plastic gem cases.

When starting out making murrine many people start by making a signature cane. This give a good introduction to making murrine. Some signature. Cane are simple and some are more complex. You can see my signature cane that I made in a prior blog post.

Murrine are a good skill to have as a glass artist. The possible uses range from murrine as the final destination, murrine as the focal point in a piece of jewelry or be part of a larger piece of glass like a plate, flask bowl or pipe.

 

Boro hearts
Boro Hearts