Crane Mosaic

This mosaic was made using iridescent glass and Italian Smalti and I like the way light changes it’s appearance. In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. As a result, in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”.

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Smalti (the plural of smalto) are specialised mosaic tesserae made from richly coloured glass. Originally developed for Byzantine mosaics, the glass contains metal oxides which produce an almost infinite range of colour possibilities. Translated to English, “smalti” means “enamel”. Smalti are unique as a mosaic material and in addition to being weather resistant they offer incomparable reflective power and iridescent brilliance. The color variations are practically unlimited and number over 25,000 and vary according to the type of metal oxides used and the melting temperature.

Some of the beautiful Smalti that I use:

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