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Mosaics : essential techniques & classic projects
Soler, Fran.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub., [1998]

Physical Description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
"A Quarto book"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
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Central Library TT910 .S65 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Master the age-old, beautiful craft of mosaic. Begin by selecting the right tools and materials, from the classic rectangular chunks of hand-made Italian glass called "smalti" to found objects like buttons, beads, and pebbles. Plenty of tips are given for setting up and organizing a workspace, and all basic techniques are clearly explained and illustrated in glorious full color. Once you've learned how to cut the pieces for your mosaic and affix them in a design, you're ready to get to work. More than twenty projects will enable you to hone your skills while crafting exquisite decorative items in a variety of styles. Make an elegant Roman swirl mirror frame, a Byzantine box in jewel-like colors, an Aztec serpent wall panel, a geometric tabletop based on Islamic patterns, a dragonfly vase, bright modern candlesticks, and much more. From a hand mirror and a picture frame, to a front door and the ceiling of a room, almost any object can be transformed into a work of art using the versatile technique of mosaic. 128 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11. NEW IN PAPERBACK

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Booklist Review

Most contemporary mosaicists, for whatever reason, seem to be practicing in Britain, the country from which the authors of two new books hail. Cheek has prepared a printed gallery representing more than 30 artists (himself included) and almost as many styles. He divides the works by subject matter, including nature, humans, abstracts, still lifes, natural pebbles, and sculpture, and takes care that textual explanations are clear and accurate. What is most fascinating is how one subject can be interpreted in a variety of ways--for instance, birds flying in highly realistic, allegorical, humorous, or naive-folk interpretations. With the majority of guides focusing on natural subjects, this author showcases other intriguing mosaicists, such as Maggie Howarth, who pieces together natural pebbles of flint, granite, slate, quartz, and the like. Soler, on the other hand, eschews exhibits in favor of presenting 20 assignments in crafting. With long prefaces on equipment, materials, and the various layout methods, she then launches into a rather odd combination of projects, from a simple box to complete walls, floors, and ceilings. Each of her five categories--classic, Mexican, modern, Islamic, and Eastern--is grouped to demonstrate a similarity of style, with no thought to level of difficulty, and the audience is left undefined. (Such projects as the geometric marble floor or the mirrored mosaic bathroom should obviously be attempted only by near-professionals.) Consult this for a good sense of different designs. --Barbara Jacobs

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