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Canna Rods of glass usually formed by drawing out long lengths of glass from large gathers on a punty of iron.
Bundles of cane are often fused together and drawn out again to a suitable diameter before being cut into small decorative pieces as millefiori for picking up into paperweights.
They are als cut into lengths and placed against the side of an open mould for picking up onto a gather which is marbled and pulled out to make rods used for opaque twist and filigrana work.

Lavorazione a Canna

One of the fundamental processes of Murano's glassworks.
A very large numbers of types and applications can be found for this technique, both functional and decorative.
The extreme viscosity of the molten glass allows it to be drawn out at a certain temperature starting from the end of the blower's pipe in long, narrow pipes.
When a layer of coloured glass is superimposed over a base of opaque glass it is possible to obtain numberless variants of colour and thickness in relation to how the molten glass mass is drawn out. Suitably - heated rods are used in the decoration of vases and figures.
All Murano glass factories have always used them extensively with artistic results that were on occasion quite outstanding, as the tessuto vases designed by Carlo Scarpa.