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« on: May 28, 2005 12:46:15 PM »

Hey everyone!

Every summer I try something new. This summer, I REALLY want to make mosiacs. All this started when I went on a trip to a glass-blowing factory and I saw some mosic house numbers. They were beautiful... and I wanted to make stuff like it. (see pictures below) Also, I've been watching shows, and I looked at EVERY thread about mosaics on here. I've also looked at a few books. Well, all that research didn't do much except inspire me. I know I need tile nippers, a glass scoring tool, glue, and grout. Well, the last two confuse me the most. Every show/book/etc. shows a different type of grout. I know there are people on here who make mosiacs... can you help me? Another thing is that I don't want to spend TOO much on this. Here is one of the numbers I talked about earlier. It basically sums up the type of mosaicing (is that a word? lol) I want to do. There are ceramic tiles, glass, beads, shells, and really unique bits in there.



to those of you who were too lazy to read all of that: I didn't make the above craft!
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2005 03:27:43 AM »

Candycanechild,
You should try the www.plaidonline.com website for some of your basic mosaic tools, grout, and stones/glass/and colored ceramic tiles.  At the moment alot of their things are on closeout and would be cheaper than in any store you could find.  There is a container of 100 pieces of ceramic tiles and glass pieces on the site right now for only $2.95!  They have adhesive, grout, and grout sealer that works great. Also, they have great products you can make your own surfaces to mosaic on.  They have a product called Faster Plaster which you mix and pour and can make trivets, stepping stones, frames, and small boxes.  I have used their products to mosaic for almost 10 years and they have a selection that a creative person can make many projects. 
Good luck and let me know what you think,
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2005 09:55:13 AM »

You can get Weldbond glue and a box of sanded grout at hardware stores. (call first...)
Personally, I use Weldbond for practically everything, it's my favorite glue. Anything that goes outdoors I use grout sealer on, too.

http://www.mosaic-witsend.com has info under Links & Tips on surfaces, grout, adhesives, etc.  Ebay has a big mosaic supply section, too.

Have fun, be safe, and post pictures! I love mosaic.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2005 07:02:12 PM »

I just started mosaics too.  I don't know if you're interested in books but there's a book by Georrge Shannon and Pat Torlen called "Marvelous Mosaics" and its been really helpful to me.  I saw a yardsale in the paper where the women was selling of all her stained glass supplies and I picked up nippers, grozers etc.  But the best thing was these boxes of scrap glass-tons of it- for $2.00  Opaque glass looks great in mosaics! 
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2005 12:01:08 PM »

Philly has amazing mosaics all around town--whole buildings covered in tiles and mirrors and such.  The artist who does them offers classes and I think once you've taken one you can work in his workshop any time.  Check out his website.  The pics hardly do his work justice, but they're inspiring nonetheless.

http://www.isaiahzagar.org/
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2005 03:15:16 PM »

I saw Laurel True on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast, and I've never been more inspired!  There are several stores that offer classes, and great websites that offer kits.  Mosaicartsupply.com is great!
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