Perdomo Mexican Smalti
Hard to find New World Smalti by the Perdomo family of Mexico. Created using the traditional methods of Murano but with local ingredients and minerals to create a unique product. The glass is poured into `tortillas`and handcut vertically with a hammer and hardy to produce tesserae that is roughly 18 x 18mm and 5-6 mm thick. This cut is called Piastrine in classic Italian mosaics. As it is thinner than Italian smalti it is easier to work with and cut Mexican smalti also offers a special advantage of having both a ´right´ face and a ´wrong´ base side that display subtle colour and texture variations. This means that by flipping a piece over you gain even more colours and finishes. Additionally as each piece has a greater surface area there is a wonderful range of tonal marbling within a single colour shade. However this also means that there are greater batch differences per colour therefore please buy enough of a colour to complete a project. We recommend that you use Leponitt wheeled nippers to get the best results from this extraordinary product. One of kind smalti made by the famous Perdomo glassblowers. This unique product is very rare as the materials and methods are hard to reproduce. This smalti is light, colour and frost fast and may be used for artworks inside and outside. Mexican smalti is cut approximately 15x15mm and 4mm thick but sizes and shapes are irregular as each piece is handcut. We recommend using the Leponitt wheeled nipper for best results when utilising this gorgeous glass. 50g contains +/- 21 pieces and covers an area of 6x7cm.