This technique consists in overlapping two coats of glass of different colours. This technique is often used in Murano glass chandeliers; generally coloured glass is covered with a coat of clear glass. This technique allows to obtain an extremely bright surface and to protect from alteration the inner coat of glass. It is possible to encase different colours of glass, another common combination is the overlapping of coloured glass with white glass, to create particular chromatic effects.
This process consists in attaching a relief decoration on a glass surface when the glass is still hot, it consists in adding a certain quantity of vitreous mass on the surface of the piece. The hot-working application is the best way to fix two or more glass pieces: if attached when the glass is hot, these two pieces would become a single piece of glass.
In the Murano glass chandeliers, the ornamental crest (also called giardino superiore, literally “upper garden”) is a decorative tier placed on the upper part of the chandelier. This decorative element gives even more splendour to the chandelier and complete the composition. The ornamental crest was already present in the XVIIIth century chandeliers. It is possible to insert more than one ornamental crest to create very large chandeliers.
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