Copper Desert is my first mosaic using Italian Smalti! I had my hammer and hardie for nearly a year before I got the courage up to try cutting smalti. Now, I am in love with the process and look of the smalti. Smalti is what most traditional mosaics are done with and has been the source of materials for hundreds, if not thousands of years. This is an antique copper shovel that I found at a local antique store. This piece also includes some beach rocks, a few tumbled stones and some rusty square nails we found in our desert travels.