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RETICELLA FILIGREE

by Rosa Barovier Mentasti
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Reticella Filgree
Reticella Filgree
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This is one of the most difficult hot techniques. It was invented in Murano around the middle of the 16th century.
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A blown half-filigree cylinder is blown inside by an identical blown cylinder, removed from the pipe and opened at the top, of a slightly larger diameter, exactly at half-filigree but with the spiral threads in the opposite direction. By blowing the inside cylinder with the blow pipe, the outside wall of the inside cylinder adheres to the inside wall of the outside cylinder. By superimposing the spiral threads of the two blown objects, which have become the one, net pattern is formed.
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Since both walls still have a ribbed surface during the procedure, as the blowing is still not complete and the surfaces themselves have not been marvered enough, an air bubble becomes stuck in each of the net's links. The bubbles, which are regular in arrangement and shape, are an important decorative characteristic of the reticella filigree. The craftsman can then proceed to blowing and shaping the object.
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Half Filigree 14 15 16 17 18 Twisted ('A retortoli') Filigree
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