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Smalts, Smaltz, Smalting or Osmalto is a time old tradition of making a long lasting textured Sign background by embeding aggregate smalt made fine pigmented glass or colored sands. Smaltings were most popular from 1865-1935. Originally Buildings exterior walls were coated with Smaltz from the second floor on up to extend the life of the paint job out 20-25 years. Eventually Smalts worked it's way up to the roof, and that's were we see Smalting on a mass with modern roofing tiles.
Sand Smalts how to: Sand Smaltz were created by soaking by soaking sand in a mixture of Gasoline and Pigment for 3 days to a week, then drained, followed up by throwing the stained sand against dry cardboard to absorb moisture and left to dry. Sand-Smalts make a tough surface, but the colored paint pigment still faded and dont hold up to the test of time. Sand Smaltz were nice but were eventually replaced by colored glass smaltz.
Colored Glass Smaltz are completely different. Colored Glass Smalts is made by mixing the color directly into the glass when being made, thus trapping the pigments color in glass giving Colored Glass Smaltz additional Ultra Violet ray protection from the sun. The nicest smalts are Transparent in nature, simular to precious stone like Rubies, Emeralds and Saphires. Transparent Colored Glass Smalts allow the light rays travel through and produce beautiful sparkling smalted backgrounds that endure at a true craftmens level.
Sign Painters and Sign Makers come from the Construction industry known as finishers and grainers, began using Smalts in thier designed sign panels bacground and became the standard for many years still seen today in some of the nicest locations such as Disneyland, Resorts and Casinos.
Smalts-American or Imported Translucent German Smalts Colors. Smalts enhance even the simplest of signs. Make your Client's Signage unique!
Use Smalts as an accent color, for a sparkling boarder, or edge to edge background coverage with raised letters. With a smalted finish, your signs will stand out and get noticed.
Smalts, Smaltz, Smalting or Osmalto FAQ: How much smalt will I need? Typically 1 pound of smalt will cover 1 to 1 1/2 square feet of area depending on how thick you apply it.
Smalted Background Cliche Noe sign painter demonstration in layered m.d.o. wood gilded Gold & Silver Leaf, Air brushed, Pinstriped and Hand Lettered by sign artist Ron Percell. Advanced techniques are available through advanced workshops, and at Gilders and Letterhead Gatherings
This video is on making the whole sign shown, but in the middle of the video it show how Ron Percell did a quick Smaltzing