Spacing of mosaic pieces is as critical as grout color. The further apart the spacing the more fragmented the piece will look – and the more grout will be needed to finish the piece. The closer the spacing the better the piece will read. So spacing is another of the vital design choices that have to be made when designing a mosaic.
Here is a lovely clip by local photographer Mayra Pama-Luiten who prepared a piece on several local Dutch artists … More
Grouting is a far more time consuming process than one might imagine, particularly if you are using fine bone china. The reason for this is that the surface is not flat and therefore special attention must be paid to removing all grout from around each shard, so that each piece can be seen clearly.
Three methods of cutting smalti are most common: nippers, hammer and hardie, or chopping machine. Wheeled nippers are pliers … More
I managed to get this far and only sliced my finger once – not bad going considering I have cut up kilos and kilos of marble.I’m original mosaicing tools in the form of a hammer and hardy. More on that in another blog. These tools are usually used for cutting glass and you only have to tap the glass with the hammer and it breaks perfectly. Cutting marble is another story. Sometimes the pieces I’m cutting are 10 centimeters thick and really require some serious force, needless to say the hammer gets blunt quickly.
This week a reader asked me this question- is there lead in smalti? Smalti is the glass used for making … More
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I have a wall in my backyard which the neighbors call the Berlin Wall. I must say I was rather … More
As a mosaic artist, Italian Smalti is the crème de la crème of traditional mosaic materials. It is an Italian … More