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The Opus

The Andemento is the latin term for the traditional flow or movement of the teserrae which have been used for millennia as the different styles in mosaic design, this is called The Opus. These differing […]

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Mosaic Design

Design is the cornerstone of Mosaic. The following aspects are critical considerations: Location of work – Is the piece installed or portable? Is it indoor or outdoor?  Materials – What Teserrae are to be used, […]

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Tessera

The basic unit of mosaic. A small piece of glass or stone, or any other material suitable for mosaic work, cut to a square, rectangular, triangular or other regular shape.(pl.- tesserae) The plural of “tessera”, […]

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Ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles can be made from Earthenware, Stoneware or Porcelain. They are made by pressing dry powder, wet clay, extruding and wire cutting or hand forming or cutting. They may be glazed, decorated or fired […]

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Cartellina

a thin layer (less than 1mm), but occasionally as thick as 10 millimetres) covering the metal leaf in gold and silver tesserae (tiles). The cartellina is applied by firing and protects the metal leaf from […]

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Cartoon

The cartoon is a full size detailed drawing of the mosaic, done ahead of even choosing the colours. This is primarily to work out the flow (Opus), texture and then colours.    

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Bozzetto

A small-scale design created as preparation for a large mosaic. It might undergo many changes before being finalised. A full-size cartoon could then be produced by enlarging the bozzetto by the grid technique. The full […]

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Byzantine

The Byzantine Empire existed between 330 and 1453 AD. Mosaics of this period used richly coloured glass smalti. They were mainly religious, showing Christian biblical themes within churches and similar buildings, but also portrayed the […]

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Base

Substrate onto which the tesserae (tiles) are adhered.  Please ensure that the material suits the purpose. If it is to be used outdoors, do not use wood or board. Alternatively you may wish to use […]

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Peppering

Peppering is adding one or two different coloured, but same size tesserae by scattering these evenly across the background. This provides interest, dimension and help to break up a large expanse of one colour. Peppered […]