THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF FILATI MICRO-MOSAIC JEWELS

Step by Step

minute 0:05 To divide Smalti with Hammer and Hardie (Martellino and Cuneo)

minute: 0:10 - A metal crucible to contains the glass smalti pieces to be molten

minute: 0:13 sample filati jewels done

minute: 0:16 Glass is softened and heated

minute: 0:25 Molten glass is amalgamated with the pointer tool

minute: 0:35 Set and prepared to be modeled with plier and pointer

minute: 0:46 We use also marble cuboid and roll over the red hot glass

minute: 0:55 Example to obtain a "leaf" or "drop shape" obtain desired shape

minute: 1:00 Glass smalti is ready to be pulled “filati”

minute: 1:08 Pulling and stretching smalti (so called "filare" the molten smalti glass)

minute: 1:11 Needle - Like rods are chopped

minute: 1:16 Another rod is ready to be produced (filati)

minute: 1:22 A gentle “forth an back” movement is performed pulling and stretching wisely

minute: 1:34 Each time glass is pulled, a thinner is produced rod, been even harder to handle

minute: 1:48 After being pulled molten glass smalti are chopped, producing the needle-like threads of glass smalti

minute: 1:52 hand made filati (known as murrina) are obtained with "drop like" shoe (This form was designed while shaping the smalti)

minute: 1:56 Another example of filati rod shape (with a small hole inside) ROMAN STUCCO RECIPE:

minute: 2:02 Roman Stucco: how to rough it out

minute: 2:06 A couple of drops of linseed oil are added

minute: 2:13 Roman cement or stucco is spread with linseed oil with the help of a spatula

minute: 2:21 Stucco is completely amalgamated by hand

minute: 2:34 How to fill the silver gold base with roman stucco

minute: 2:53 The smalti rods are filed "cutted and levigated" using a goldsmith's file

minute: 3:00 using a goldsmith's tweezers the individual tessera is ready to be placed into the stucco Meticulously tesserae are placed to create the design or theme. "Like a snowflakes, smalti tesseras will always be one different from another."