Glass Art Terms Glossary
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A glossary of terms used in Glass art
* Cane, rods of glass with color, either single or multiple (see also twistie)
* Cast, Glass formed by pouring hot glass into a mold (sand casting) or kiln-casting using the cire perdue (lost wax) method.
* Frit, crushed glass often melted onto other glass to produce patterns and color
* Incalmo, the grafting or joining together, while still hot, of two separately blown glass elements to produce a single object.
* Lampwork, alternate name Flamework, the technique of forming glass using a hand held heat source, formerly lamps, more usually today a gas blow torch, to shape glass rods and manipulate them with tongs, forceps, knives and other small tools.
* Latticino, Italian decorative glassblowing technique
* Lehr, a specialized, temperature-controlled kiln for annealing glass.
* Liuli, ancient Chinese glass art
* Mandrel, metal rod used to make the hole in a glass bead
* Marver, a tool used in glassblowing
* Millefiori, an Italian term (a thousand flowers) describing glass decorated with slices of colored canes embedded in clear molten glass, which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware, often flower-like designs.
* Murrine, Italian term for patterns or images made in a glass cane (long rods of glass) that are revealed when cut in cross-sections
* Pate de verre, a paste of ground or crushed glass, and the technique of casting this material into a mold; also applied to a more general range of cast-glass objects.
* Prunt, a small blob of glass fused to a piece of glass, often impressed with a pattern or stamp
* Reticello, Italian decorative glassblowing technique
* Rod, a rod of glass used as a raw material in forming and fusing glass
* Twistie, a cane formed out of different coloured glass twisted together
* Zanfirico, Italian decorative glassblowing technique
Published - January 2011