Orsoni smalti S34
Smalti of incomparable quality and beauty made in a historic furnace in Venice
This Italian smalti from Orsoni is sold in 100gram bags which contain approximately 35 pieces. This will cover an area of 8cm x 8cm (if you're feeling ambitious, you will need around 1kg to cover 25cm², and 16kg to cover 1m²). The pieces are hand-cut and therefore quite variable in shape but generally they are about 17mm long, 10mm wide and 7mm deep. Smalti can be used whole but if you want to cut them we recommend either double wheeled glass mosaic cutters or a hammer and hardie; both of these cut cleanly and accurately and keep waste to a minimum - very important given the cost of the material. Smalti are usually left un-grouted which works well if the gap between the pieces is minimal, giving the impression of a continuous flow of colour. Smalti may be grouted but be careful because the uneven surface often has little holes made by air bubbles escaping during the cooling process and these can trap grout which is hard to remove and can make the finished piece look a bit spotty.
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