annafietta since 2000 alongside the sale of objects decorated with mosaics has supported the sale of materials needed to achieve the same mosaic, so-called DIY.
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In the shop the basic tools needed to create mosaics are on sale to the public:
Tiffany glass is coloured and opaque glass, available in about thirty different colours and sold in sheets of 20x15cm size at a price of € 8.00 each.
Coloured enamels are available in pre-cut pieces measuring about 2 x 1 x 0.5 cm. The minimum quantity for sale is 100 grams per colour, and prices vary according to quality:
The murrine are handmade only in Murano glass paste and are sold already cut in bags of 50 gr at € 7.00 each.
Mirrored glass is transparent coloured glass from which we make mirrors. Even these have about 150 different shades. They are sold in sheets of 20x15 cm at a cost of € 9.00 each.
With special kits created in the store, you'll have everything you need to compose your mosaic independently, complete with materials and instructions to build your own work of art to be exhibited in the home. Each package costs € 18.00
MATERIALS USED IN MOSAIC
ENAMEL:glass paste made in Venice, obtained by melting silicon powder with oxides to obtain the desired colour. The enamel is then poured into moulds and cut into tiles, using various methods: shearing blades for cutting the lumps, the chisel, the hammer and the tongs for the glass.
MIRROR GLASS: Transparent glass, made with various processes and in various colours, which looks like silver, as if it was a mirror. To cut this glass takes a good quality cutter, with a diamond tip and an oil supply, being rather thick and irregular glass. To cut the mirrored glass you must make a groove in a single step and with great force at the same time. After making the groove, to detach the glass you use the cut opening pincers, creating a strip that can be cut with glass tongs. You must not make the strips too tight because otherwise it would be too difficult to separate them from the plates, nor too loose to avoid creating too irregular tiles.
TIFFANY GLASS: Opaque colouring of glass sheets, typical of stained glass, used and cut using the same technique used for the mirrored glass.
MURRINE: the murrine are slats made with enamel in Murano, with a design visible on the ends of the slat and repeated over the entire length of the slat. They are cut with the tongs from glass, taking care to keep a finger in front of the piece to cut so as not to drop it. They can be cut to the desired thickness, but the advice is to create pieces of a thickness of 3-4 mm each.
HOW TO MAKE A MOSAIC
A glue cement called KERABOND (brand name "MAPEI") is used, dissolved using the product "ISOLASTIC". In the trade the glue cement KERABOND is whitish or greyish, but it can be coloured so as to keep it the same tone as the mosaic, using acrylic colours or the desired colour oxides.
Once coloured the cement is kneaded using ISOLASTIC, in the ratio 2: 1. As a rule just remember that the mixture should have the consistency of toothpaste: soft but not runny. The concrete, once mixed, remains workable inside the bowl for about 10 hours, but once applied should be applied to the tiles within 15-20 minutes.
To realise a mosaic on a wooden photo frame (as in the example), the surface on which the mosaic will be applied is slightly engraved and scratched using a tip so as allow the cement to grip the wood. A layer of cement paste is then applied uniformly on the wooden surface using a spatula. The thickness of the cement glue layer is 2-3 millimetres. This layer is workable for about 15-20 minutes.
The tiles are then applied directly on the surface covered with glue cement, thus creating the desired design. Without grouting the gaps, quickly remove the cement glue smudges so as not to dirty the mosaic.
After finishing laying all of the tiles, you need to let the mosaic dry for 24 hours.
Once dry, clean the tiles and the mosaic is finished.