Monday, January 16, 2012

Mosaics: the beginning!

Not much to report; I've been busy and lazy, alternately.  Still, last night I sorted out the mixed bucket of tesserae that I bought the other day.  I bought these cheap little tiles so that I could experiment and find out if I liked making mosaics without getting heavily financially committed to making them by buying the much more expensive glass/ceramic tesserae and the proper tools to work with them.  You can cut these little guys with just ordinary scissors!
There turned out to be 12 colors, including black(ish) and white.  I decided I'm going to do just a very simple geometric pattern this time, since I don't want to put in a lot of work on something I might screw up.  I bought a little wooden box to cover...after all, we all know I'm addicted to little boxes!  It's a little frustrating because the box only fits 10x7 tesserae, so my design options are limited.  After messing about a bit, I gave up and decided to do this pattern:
Edit:  Here's a pic of the tesserae all glued down.  I messed up early on, so had to adjust the pattern slightly, and I had to use half tiles at the bottom edge to fill in, but it was either that or make the grout gaps uneven horizontal to vertical.  Anyway, so far, so good!

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