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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2005 05:04:50 PM »

I'm so curious to try mosaic... did you try to actually shape the bits, or did you just fit them in as suited best?
I did a little bit of both.  If I had a really tight spot that I had to fill exactly I shaped the tile with the tile nippers.  But generally I just smashed the tile a few times with a hammer to get it started then used the nippers to cut up a pile of tesserae (aka little mosaic peices) that were pretty close to the same size.  I find it easier to use the nippers to make small peices (occasionally the hammer mars the tile surface if you hit the tile too lightly to break it).  Really, I think  it just comes down to preference.
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2005 07:56:56 PM »

How many tiles did that table take? I have no idea how many to buy Huh

« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2005 09:47:38 PM »

I think I bought 20-ish white tiles and 9-ish green ones (they were ~3x3").  I had 7 left over that I plan on returning.  A good way to gauge how many you need is to measure the surface you want to mosaic, get enough to cover it, but then get a handful of extra ones so you have some room to make mistakes (and you can always return them later).
A tile costs around $0.70 at home depot if I'm remembering correctly.

EDIT:  I dug up a photo of an older mosaic project that I did.  It was a school assignment that I helped my little sister with (hers was totally the best in the class!)  You can use all kinds of tiles, the pier that the owl is sitting on is "natural stone" tile and some of the owl's feathers were in this bumpy-pearly tile (all from home depot).  I really want to try working in some found objects (neat rocks, etc.)  into my next project.
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2005 04:34:32 AM »

Once when I made a mosaic, I took and hammered a black plate that had some texture on it.  It gave a crazy effect, but it worked just like tiles except for the fact that some of the parts were unever, which gave a lovely sense of movement.

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« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2005 11:33:08 AM »

Wow!!  Shocked You did a really good job.
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