The selected subject is sketched on a sheet of slate, marble, or scagliola stone itself, which is then engraved. The incision is filled with a paste called “mistura” (a mix of selenite powder, natural glue and natural pigments). When the mistura is dried, the piece is smoothed by using a pumice stone to reveal the variety of color shades. Then, further engravings are realized to make the embellishment even more detailed. The technique ends with a manual polishing process using wax or a feather-brush.
The selenite naturally comes in scales (“scaglie”) in Italian, that’s why the technique is called “scagliola”. Scagliola is also called “moonstone”.
Florentine mosaic technique
The Florentine mosaic is not created by using tiles, instead, each piece is uniquely cut and assembled in order to create a subject, by following a design template. All sections are made of hard stone and marble that are smoothed, placed side by side and glued to created the specific design. Once all sections are assembled together, the entire surface is smoothed and polished.
Cecilia has been creating bespoke works for private clients all over the world such as, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Russia. She designs and manufactures different types of creations from tables and panels, to interior decor and jewelry. She can also work on restorations.
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