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(Below you will find marble information that was stored on Mr.
Alan Basinet's Marble Website during the late 90's to the mid 2000's.
These are rare because most marbles from the end of the cane were mis-shaped or just not very pleasing to the maker, and were rejected.
Beginning-of-cane examples are harder to recognize but have a design that seems to come out of one end of the marble.
However, most have such an outer layer and this almost always consists of either single colored strands or multicolored bands.
The bands are most often of two different color schemes, alternating with one another (four and six bands are the rule though exceptions can occur), while the strands occur in sets, usually four, and may have two to five or more strands in each set.
Latticinio Swirls are the most common type of hand made glass marble.
Sometimes there is little twist to the marble and the strands will be rather straight.
Solid colored cores often have strands on their surface, either straight or twisted around the core.
Sometimes these strands "float" well above the core; in such cases the marble is considered "trilevel." The most common core colors are yellow and white when the core is solid colored; otherwise a wide variety of colored bands may comprise the core.
The strands may be all of one color, alternate within the set, or be in sets of alternating colors.
The most common colors on the outer design are white and yellow, followed by green, blue, pink, orange, red, and purple, and may be either transparent or opaque.