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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Roman Mosaic Hammer


The Roman mosaic hammer, or mosaic hammer, is used with a small anvil called a hardie or hardy to cut smalti (glass), stone, and marble for mosaic and terrazzo work. The hardie is usually driven into a wood block. This technique and tools are reportedly 2,000 or more years old.

Dimosaico.com - tools
YouTube - Roman mosaic hammer & hardie

Mosaic hammer
Roman mosaic

Mosaic hammer and hardie

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