This is an ancient art, but the diversity of styles that can be thus created ensures its continued popularity.
The basic principle is to stick broken pieces of tiling (tesserae) together so as to create geometrical or pictorial designs.

The advantage of mosaic work is that you can start off with something small but useful - table mats, classical style mirrors, - then progress to more ambitious objects - garden table, borders for the bathroom or kitchen work top - especially as many materials are suitable for backing for mosaics.

Mosaic backing materials
  • Wood : plywood lends itself to very easy cutting.
  • MDF Now you can find MDF in various shapes and sizes in mosaic materials suppliers. A simple vinyl glue can be used to stick on this surface.
  • Pottery : to make planters, covered all or partially by mosaic.
  • Glass : using a silicone adhesive to conserve the transparency of the glass.
  • Plaster : on walls, or in a shape to be covered in little tesserae.
  • Mosaic materials
    The main types of tesserae :
    Emaux de Briare tesseraeMatt or gloss One seventh inch 10 by 10 inches
    Porcelain stonewareMatt One seventh inch 8 by 8 inches
    Cameo glassUnified structure, irridescent One seventh inch 8 by 8 inches
    Window glassIdeal for candle jars One seventh inch 8 by 8 inches
    Whether you use enamel, stoneware or the cameo glass found easily in the stores you need 17.5 pounds for approx 11 square feet.

    Why not think about materials you already have at home : old tiling (thin, to be broken and shaped easily), mirror glass, old crockery, Fimo clay etc...

    A new material for mosaics Mosaclic : You don't need cutting pliers or special tools. We've tested it and would like to show you Step by step model for Mosaclic.

    Pebbles : just place where desired