Stonemason Matt Hurley recently finished a new pietra dura “Pebble” specimen marble top, with dimensions 18″ width by 31″ length. Below, he roughs out the main steps involved in the pietra dura process:
Each different coloured stone is cut to a 5mm thickness and shaped to a random pebble shape as if it were found in nature.
The pebbles are arranged onto the background marble, traced and numbered. The numbered marked areas are drilled out then carved and shaped with grinding stones.
This is continued until the recess is deep enough for the coloured pieces to fit snugly.
The top is then ground down and polished to reflect the beauty of the stones.
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