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by Rosa Barovier Mentasti
Glass rode have been produced since the beginning of glass making.
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A short, non-holed, metal rod (in Murano, rod tool), which the craftsmen called canner, is used to gather an appropriate amount of glass which is given a cylindrical form, marvered on a bronzìn (metal surface).
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If a holed rod is required, a length-wise depression is imprinted on the inside with a tool, and the cavity is closed by immersing the glass again in the crucible.
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Then another short rod is attached to the other end of the cylinder (pastòn, in Murano), which had already been prepared with a small quantity of glass (conzaùra, in Murano).
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Two glassworkers hold the two tools and quickly go in opposite directions from each other, shaking the rods in a manner tried and tested for centuries and lean the glass rods on thin wooden slats placed along a corridor, for fifty metres of more.
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The rod is immediately cut into long segments. Annealing and slow cooling is not required.
Non-holed and millefiori rods are made in the same way.
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