Murano Glass Mosaic Crafts from Florence – Byzantine Mosaics – Filippini&Paoletti



We make our products with the same old method like it used to be done in the old times.
The glass we use comes from Murano which is known worldwide for its exceptional quality: still to this day silica-rich sand and the purest crystals are used to obtain unique and vibrant colors.

The glass plates are processed and brought back to a molten state in our lab in Florence.
Once the glass is molten, the ability and experience of the “spinner” show at this point: he works and molds the glass.
The spinner also combines colors and shapes in a very short amount of time. Great experience and craftsmanship are needed to do this job.
The glass then gets molded and we can obtain beautiful objects: roses, daisies, dahlias etcetera.

When all the mixture is ready, it’s “pulled” with special tools to make rods that measure about 30 cm each.

Then begins the actual processing of the Byzantine mosaic.
The object is coated at the bottom with a special layer of grout that dries in a short amount of time and holds together the pieces of glass.
Once the rods that will be used for the object are selected, the artisan will need two tools: a pair of tweezers and a hacksaw.
He begins his work chipping away with a flick of the glass rod and pulling the piece with tweezers and then lays it on the grout.
It goes on doing this until the rods are slimmed down and the surface presents original drawings.

This procedure and execution has not changed in all this time and has been handed down from craftsman to craftsman, from father to son; for an art whose major advantage is, as reported by some papers of the ‘700, – “… to preserve in its vibrant tints without fear that the time, destroyer of the Opera of the Brush, could alter it” – .

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