This graphic illustrates the process of making a paperweight containing millefiori canes.
Step A: Slices of canes are arranged in a pattern in a concave steel. mold
Step B: A gather of molten glass is lowered onto the mold and picks up the preheated canes.
Step C: The first gather is turned upright; a second gather of clear glass is attached to form the dome; The gather is clipped off the pontil with shears.
Step D: The gather is turned over; the dome is shaped and smoothed in a wooden block. The paperweight will be cut off the remaining pontil rod and the base smoothed or pattern-cut.
Graphic by Sue Huitt, Illinois State Museum