Millefiori Glass 8mm-12mm (5/16 inch to 1/2 inch) by Mud Turtle Mosaic™ is sold in 1.85-ounce units (approximately 55+ pieces). It is a next-generation product that is much more affordable than traditional Italian millefiori and is actually superior in several ways. For starters, the glass used is translucent and semi-translucent instead of being fully opaque, and this makes the colors more vibrant. Second, the Mud Turtle Mosaic is more cleanly cut and flame polished, so the pieces are smooth with a molded appearance instead of the rough, irregular, and uneven pieces usually seen in Italian millefiori, which is much more expensive.
What Is Millefiori?
Millefiori is a traditional form of art glass that is disk-shaped with different multicolored patterns and is used in glass fusing, jewelry, and mosaic art.
This is a problematic question because the millefiori was intended to be used as an accent instead of as area coverage, and the piece size can vary. That being said, one 1.85-ounce bag should cover roughly 5 or 6 square inches, but that will depend somewhat on how efficiently you nest the pieces.
The thickness varies, usually running between 1/8 inch and 3/16 inch. This makes it about the same thickness as most of the glass mosaic tile we sell, with some pieces slightly thicker.
In theory the millefiori can be cut using a pair of Mosaic Glass Cutters, but the pieces are already small enough to make cutting unnecessary and problematic.
Mud Turtle Mosaic™ Millefiori 10mm-12mm
Price is per 1.85 ounces (approximately 55+ pieces)
Diameter: approximately 8 to 12 mm (5/16 inch to 1/2 inch).
Thickness: roughly 1/8 inch and 3/16 inch.
Coverage: each 1.85 ounce bag should cover roughly 5 or 6 square inches.
Material: glass with solid color throughout.
Coefficient Of Expansion (COE): 90* See Note Below!
impervious to liquids.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor installation.
Not suitable for floors.
Glass Fusing Compatibility
* NOTE: COE is not the only factor determining glass fusing compatibility! Firing schedule is an important factor as well! If you intend to use these for a glass fusing project you must try fusing a smaller test piece first, to ensure a good fuse is possible.
How To Make Mosaic Art
For more advice on designing your mosaic project or mounting, cutting, and grouting tile, please see our page of Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions or our Mosaic Information Guide, which lists instructional pages described by topic. We also post new articles about making mosaics at our How to Mosaic Blog.