G is for gold smalti, luscious, glowing, gold. As smalti from Orsoni is described at mosaicsmalti.com,
“. . .it is real 24-carat gold. It has to be the purest gold to withstand a firing and beating process that obtains the incredible results. With just one cubic centimeter of gold, more than six square meters of beaten gold may be produced in a layer so fine that it is scarcely perceptible to the human eye. The gold leaf is then sandwiched between a transparent glass base and a fine, hand-blown glass that protects the surface. The three elements, heated once again, are welded into a single slab that is free of cracks even in the most minute fragments.”
I was smitten with gold smalti from the moment I received a few precious pieces in a grab bag of miscellaneous smalti. It’s usually sold by the ounce or by the piece, and it’s fortunate that a little goes a long way. This is what makes Byzantine Churches glow. This is what grabs the light and gives it back to you with incredible depth and intense color.
I made this mandala almost entirely from gold smalti, as a gift for Dr. Ed Schillinger and his family, when he was dealing with pancreatic cancer. He was a kind man, and in his memory Stratoz makes “Dr. Ed Mandalas” with a portion of the proceeds going to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network(PANCAN). Another G word is Give, and I encourage you to contribute toward pancreatic cancer research.
Over at Stratoz: Shockingly, G is for Glass