Battuto, an Italian word that means "struck"
or "beaten," refers to a cold working technique in which glass is
cut or ground into to create depressions or small facets in the
surface of the glass. The effect, which is not unlike
distressed furniture or hammered iron, is achieved by grinding the
glass to produce numerous small, irregularly shaped crevices
adjacent and parallel to each other over the surface of the glass.
Traditionally, the battuto finish is
achieved by use of grinding wheel or glass lathe, but other tools
(such as hand grinders) can also be used. The incisions made
for battuto are generally larger and flatter (as opposed to narrow
and deep). As with many cold working techniques, achieving a
good battuto finish can be time consuming (and, some would say, a
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