I got a package of artisan-made murrini recently and I just got a chance to play with it last weekend. The murrini was very well made and definitely in colors I prefer, but I've got no knowledge of how to work with the stuff. I broke most of the pieces from thermal shock before I got it smooshed into the bead and when I looked it up on the Internet (after the fact, of course), I read I'm supposed to be preheating the pieces I intend to use on a hot plate first. Oooooh...that makes sense.
It didn't turn out to be the best bead in the world and this is the only side (out of 4) that the murrini was centered correctly and not smudged. But you know what? I think the design has potential - I just obviously need a lot more practice.
Woohoo! I just noticed that this is my 200th post!