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Period tiles and uses. Sources for tiles. Making them.

 

NOTE: See also the files: tiles-art, pottery-msg, plaster-msg, glues-msg, frescoes-msg, glasswork-msg, enameling-msg, tiles-bib.

 

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Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 20:38:05 EST

From: <Mercy67 at aol.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Mosaic tiles

 

<< Does anyone have a good source or two for mosaic tiles?

 

Ingvild >>

 

You mean the type to cut up, right?  You can find "seconds" at many Home

depot/tiling places.  Sometimes you can find them at good will extra tiles

that people made mug holders with.

 

I know of a glass place in the LA area that sells mosaic glass bits.  Really

cool.  Sometimes you can make deals with interior designers/tile people on

their bits.  I got some when I had my house fixed and asked for the extra

carpeting and tiles.  Contractors sometimes have extras too.

 

--Mercy

 

 

Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 10:12:14 -0500

From: "Gray, Heather" <Heather at Quodata.Com>

To: "'sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu'" <sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu>

Subject: RE: Mosaic tiles

 

perusing the Internet:

 

http://www.mosaicmerc.com/

(Located in San Francisco area -- glass, including smalti and vitreous, and

tools)

 

http://www.mountaintopmosaics.com/

(Located in Vermont -- vitreous glass and smalti, basic tools, books,

advice)

 

http://www.pompei-mosaic.com/

(marble, but I'm not sure they sell the tiles -- they may only do the work

themselves for you)

 

http://hsgs.com/mosaic2.htm

(glass, comes pre-cut in 3/4" squares on an adhesive-backed sheet)

 

http://www.qualityimaging.globalcenter.net/mosaic.html

(non-period, but interesting.  You can have a photo put on tiles, which you

can then have framed.  Or I imagine you could put it on the wall

directly...)

 

http://www.mosaic-witsend.com/

(Florida - supplies, tools, books, classes)

 

http://www.mosaicart-cheek.demon.co.uk/

(Located in UK (Broadstairs, Kent) and Greece - supplies, kits, classes in

UK and Greece)

 

I did find a few sites that had marble tiles, but they seemed to be

primarily for flooring, and I don't remember enough about stone mosaic to

know if these are thick enough for use as small pieces. If you're

interested, here's a couple of the sites:

http://nitcotiles.com/

http://www.chooseindia.com/vitco/index.htm

I think Home Depot sells marble tiles as well (that's a large home

improvement center chain -- I don't know if they are found everywhere).

 

I didn't include ceramic sources, because I didn't come across ceramic in

the bits of research I did back in college -- if someone has, I'd like to

know :)

 

Elwynne

 

 

Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 13:15:02 -0800 (PST)

From: Ioan verch David <lostboy_ioan at yahoo.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Mosaic tiles

 

A fellow by the name of Padruig, here in Northshield, does mosaics on

occassion and his method of obtaining small pieces from larger ones is

to put them in a sturdy cloth bag and whack away at them with a hammer

on concrete.  You don't get exactly sized pieces, but if you are careful

and pull out desirable pieces after every few whacks, you get a good

proportion of useable pieces with little waste.

 

Its a good way to work out some stress too :)

 

Ioan

 

 

Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 17:54:30 -0500

From: rmhowe <magnusm at ncsu.edu>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Mosaic tiles

 

Ioan verch David wrote:

> A fellow by the name of Padruig, here in Northshield, does mosaics on

> occassion and his method of obtaining small pieces from larger ones is

> to put them in a sturdy cloth bag and whack away at them with a hammer

> on concrete.  You don't get exactly sized pieces, but if you are careful

> and pull out desirable piece after every few whacks, you get a good

> proportion of useable pieces with little waste.

>

> Its a good way to work out some stress too :)

>

> Ioan

>

> --- SNSpies at aol.com wrote:

> > Thanks for the ideas on tiles, Mercy.  I would prefer not to have to

> > cut them

> > (another costly tool!) and am really looking for a source of small

> > square tiles ready for use.

> >

> > Ingvild

 

In period they were nippered or cut with a small chisel or a chisel

and small hardy. A hardy is a chisel that fits in a block of wood

or an anvil, providing the opposite fulcrum.

 

Get a book on Ravenna if you want to see blow away Mosaic work.

Little else compares with that in period.

 

These days I suppose a lot of the work could be done with a glass

cutter and a pair of tile nippers with carbide teeth. You could buy the

pair for about $20 at a home center.

 

As far as a source for really cheap tiles, try visiting your local

Habitat for Humanity. Ours has gobs of tiles left over from contractor

jobs. Not usually the brightest colors but they they are about $5 the

box. They're always selling what they don't want really cheaply.

They might have the mastic and grout too.

 

Magnus

 

 

Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 19:54:45 EST

From: <FalanMacF at aol.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Mosaic tiles

 

Found a glass web page.

http://www.delphiglass.com

This place supplies Venetian glass titles. Tiles are 3/4 inch. Each sheet

contains 56 tiles and covers an area approximately 6 1/2" x 7 3/4".

 

Also they have mosic nippers which I have used on glass mosic, but I think

they are with carbide tips so can be used on title too. Those lil nippers are

great.

 

Faolan

 

 

Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 20:21:37 -0500

From: rmhowe <magnusm at ncsu.edu>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Mosaic tiles

 

Okay, I'm having a slow day here so:

 

Roman Crafts by Donald Strong and David Brown is an accumulation

        of articles by specialists in various fields.

        ISBN 0 7156 0781 2. Published 1976 by Gerald Duckworth and

        Company, Ltd., The Old Piano Factory, 43 Gloucester Crescent,

        London NW1.

 

The Wall and Vault Mosaics article is by Frank Sear, British

        School at Rome, pp. 230-239.

 

The Floor Mosaics article is by David S. Neale, Ancient Monuments

        Inspectorate, Department of the Environment, pp. 240-252.

        Both have short bibliographies.

 

The Ravenna, Capital of Mosaic book is extremely well photographed

         in color. 160 pages. PB. ISBN 88-7193-325-7. My copy is

         1990, and it looks to be one of those very good books you

         get when touring some European cities. So I expect it is

         in print. Appears to be a multiple language edition in

         English. 262 photographs of the City. Publisher Italcards

         Editions, Bologna, Italy. Exclusive Rights For Ravenna:

         Cartolibreria Salbaroli, Via Gamba, Ravena tel. 0544/32032.

         Price was 12,000 Italian Lire. There is nothing lacking

         in the photographs. They're gorgeous. The famous mosaics

         of Justinian and Theodora are here, and most of the work

         is Byzantine in flavor.

 

 

Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 07:23:59 -0500

From: rmhowe <MMagnusM at bellsouth.net>

To: Becky McEllistrem <bmcellis at yahoo.com>,

   "- SCA-ARTS at listsvr.pca.net" <sca-arts at listsvr.pca.net>

 

Becky McEllistrem wrote:

> I'm interested in a study of mosaics both for SCA

> reasons and modern reasons.  However I'm increasingly

> amazed at the prices of mosaic tiles in local craft

> suppliers.  Does anyone have a good online supplier

> that they've bought from before?

>

> I'm thinking mostly of glass mosaic tiles that are

> less than 1 inch but ceramic tiles would be OK too.

>

> Rebecca

 

Here's my mosaic bookmarks file. I have not purchased from

them yet.

 

Mosaics and Glass Tiles  

http://www.aftosa.com/

http://www.alltherightangles.com/  

http://www.mosaicmerc.com/

http://www.animatile.com/mosaics/default.html

http://www.butlerscraftsupplies.com/  

http://www.eti-usa.com/  

http://www.carterglassmosaic.com/

http://www.dickblick.com/categories/mosaics/

http://www.delphiglass.com/index.cfm?page=homepage

http://www.glassplace.com/Default.htm  

http://www.hannacroismosaics.com/

http://www.hotmosaics.com/

http://www.ladybughill.com/

http://www.mainlymosaics.com/

http://www.monstermosaics.com/

http://www.mosaicbasics.com/  

http://www.asprom.org/  

http://www.mosaicmercantile.com/

http://www.tabvlarasa.com/  

http://www.ladybughill.com/LinksPages/mosaic_supplies.htm

http://www.mosaicsupply.com/

http://www.mountaintopmosaics.com/

http://www.mosaicsupplies.com/

http://www.tilemosaics.com/

http://www.warner-criv.com/search.asp

http://www.madeinfirenze.it/mosaico_e.htm

http://www.smashingtimes.com/

http://www.scsu.edu/sama/

http://www.mosaica.tv/

http://www.mosaic-witsend.com/

 

Maybe it'll inspire a few people.

A few of the sites are companies that sell their own creations,

but they are worth looking at any. The others sell materials

or are central places for Mosaics study and preservation.

 

Those wishing to use this on their websites are welcome to.

Enjoy

 

Master Magnus Malleus, OL 2001 R.M. Howe

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