Orsoni Gold Leaf Mosaic Tiles 2cm x 2cm

Orsoni Gold Leaf Mosaic Tiles 2cm x 2cm

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Probably the most beautiful gold tiles available - Orsoni's 24-carat gold tiles are used in the vaulted ceilings of the Basilica San Marco, Venice.  The process for making them is extraordinarily skilful; gold leaf is cold-fused onto a backing of bluey-green glass, around 3.5mm thick.  The gold is then topped with a super-fine layer of transparent glass.  This layer is made by hand-blowing a football-sized sphere of clear glass.  The still-hot and viscous glass is gently coaxed into a long sausage-shaped bubble (known as a sbruffo - Google translate tells me this means a 'snort'!).  This is cut open, and its own weight causes it to flatten into a gently-curved sheet.  Squares cut from this sheet (and known as cartoline) are then applied on top of the gold-leafed area.  Once cool, the piastre are hand cut into smaller tiles.

The tiles are around 3.5mm thick, and measure 2cm x 2cm. 

Price is for 10 tiles

PHOTOS: Orsoni/D Caldieraro

Product CodeORSJRW4A13
Stock Level9

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