Millefiori Beads 10mm-12mm (3/8 inch to 1/2 inch) are sold on a strand of approximately 30 to 32 beads. The beads differ from ordinary millefiori because the sides are rounded instead of being straight cylindrical edges, and there are the holes used to string the beads. The glass is more translucent and vibrant than the mostly opaque glass used in traditional Italian millefiori. They can be used in mosaic artwork, although grout may penetrate the stringing holes if not sealed with glue.
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. These pieces are beads with holes for stringing.
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. One strand of 30+ beads should cover roughly 1.5 square inches, but that will depend somewhat on how efficiently you nest the pieces.
The thickness is roughly 1/8 inch inch. This makes it about the same thickness as most of the glass mosaic tile we sell. Stringing holes can be sealed with Weldbond mosaic glue to prevent penetration by grout.
Cutting Millefiori Beads
Millefiori beads can be cut using a Mosaic Glass Cutter, but lampwork beads made by fusing and stretching strips of glass will often break along the layers and not as predictably as homogeneous glass tile does. Still, it can be done.
Millefiori Beads 10mm-12mm
- Price is per 1 strand of approximately 30+ pieces.
- Diameter: approximately 10 to 12 mm (3/8 inch to 1/2 inch).
- Thickness: roughly 1/8 inch.
- Coverage: one strand should cover roughly 1.5 square inches.
- Material: glass with solid color throughout.
- frost proof.
- impervious to liquids.
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor installation.
- Not suitable for floors.
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.