Crafts. Making a Glass Horse in Murano, Venice. See Video!
Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, Italy. It lies about 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) north of Venice. It is famous for its glass making, especially lamp-working.
The process of making Murano glass is rather complex. The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures. As the glass passes from a liquid to a solid state, there is an interval when the glass is soft before it hardens completely. This is when the glass-master can shape the material.
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Glassmakers held a monopoly on high-quality for centuries. They developed many technologies including crystalline glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Today, the artisans of Murano still employ these old techniques. Luxury and glamour!
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