I've never really used millefiori, either- well, I give
some to my daughter. She takes some of my
"nubbies", glues 2 or 3 together, and puts a
millefiorie on top. Makes a cute mosaic piece.
What did you want to know, Beth? be glad to tell you.
Sometimes I forget other people may not know what I do.
The equipment is lapidary equipment, for cutting stones.
I also have an interest in this, tho I'm not very good at it.
I find it slow going.
All I did was grind down the sides on a flat lapidary disc, I think it was a 600 diamond grit wheel, 6" across. I then ran it on a 1200 diamond wheel, which gave it a sort of glow, not a polish.
Here's what the equipment looks like:
Mine doesn't have the nice pump this one does. They cost about
$275 now, without the wheels. Those run (from Daniel Lopacki, not Crystalite-) about 40 or so, depending on the grit. You really need to use a water drip, because you sure don't want to breathe glass dust it would generate. Actually, you could do the grinding by hand, if you had the patience. Use a piece of window glass with the edges taped. Put a dab of 400 grit (or so) Linde A (sapphire) polishing powder and oil or water on the glass, and rub, rub, rub.