Using a Trowel - When & How
When you need to use a trowl, what kind of trowel you need, and how to use it for your mosaics are all covered in this video.
Silhouette Style Mosaics
This probably isn't what you think. It was originally a cost cutting technique, but you can't tell it from the results.
Susan Wechsler's Mini Ballerina - Part 1 - Creating a Visual Story
Susan starts each piece by selecting her palette, but then creates a sketch of her visual story in a very unique and helpful way .
Susan Wechsler's Mini Ballerina - Part 2 - Using Mosaic Magic Putty
Susan demonstrates how she uses Mosaic Magic Putty to apply a variety of tesserae (metal, glass, 3D, etc.) to her substrate.
Episode 1 - I Got a Commission - Now What ?
Episode 2 - Designing a Pattern for a Client
Episode 3 - Mosaic Over Pattern - The Set-up
Episode 4 - Getting the Details Right
Episode 5 - 3,000 Pieces in 3-Minutes
Episode 6 - Modified Double Reverse
Episode 7 - Transferring to a Substrate
Episode 8 - Installation
Episode 9 - Grouting & Clean-up
How Gila Rayberg Uses Thinset with Picassiette
Gila Rayberg shows how to use thinset for irregular shaped tile like broken dishes.
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How to Make a Mosaic Table - Part 2
Lou Ann completes the second part of the table base and brings it all together.
How to Make a Mosaic Table - Part 1
Lou Ann revives an old mosaic when she turns it into a table by making a mosaic base to match the mosaic that became the table top.
How & Why to Section Large Patterns
Patterns for large mosaics must be treated differently than smaller mosaic patterns. Here's how you do it.
What You Need to Know About Mosaic Patterns
Techniques for making a mosaic pattern both large and small
Starting a Community Mosaic Project
Kicking off a new community mosaic project can be a lot of fun. Here's the first session of a project sponsored by Art Reach of Orlando.
The First Mosaic Experience
Most of the basic techniques of how to make a mosaic are shown in this video that features 3 first-timers getting the instruction. Artists who are considering teaching mosaics will see teaching techniques.
3 Techniques for Removing Mosaic Tile
There are three situations where you may want or need to remove and replace tiles. Each requires a different technique and they are shown here.
How to Make a Ball Instead of Circle
When we are making 2-dimensional or flat art, we sometimes have to create an illusion of the 3rd dimension. Here are two ways to give depth to mosaic art.
Mosaic One Product Review
This mosaic art kit is designed for people making their very first mosaic, family projects with children, and teachers. Mosaic One instructions are followed by Lou Ann to see how the kits work.
Sculpting With Wedi Board
This opens the door to limitless shapes for mosaic sculpture. And, it's not that difficult !
How to Cut a Cup with a Wet Saw
This is a twist on pique assiette. Use half a cup to be a small hanging planter, but first you have to get half a cup. Lou Ann shows how to prepare the cup and then cut it with her Taurus 3 ring saw.
Get More out of Your Grinder Bits
Grinders can be essential tools for mosaic artists, and grinder bits can be a bit pricey. So knowing how to get more from them will save you time and money. Here's how.
How to Prepare a Styrofoam Base for a Mosaic
Styrofoam is a great backer for 3-D mosaics, but you can't just stick your tesserae on it. Here is how you prepare a styrofoam base for a mosaic.
Choosing Grout Color
Believe it or not, there is a really simple test to choose grout color. This video shows why it is important and works.
4 Cutting Techniques and a Valentine's Heart Part 2
Keystoning is one of the most important cutting techniques to perfect. It is the technique that makes curves without resorting to a wet saw. All you need is nippers, know-how, and practice. Here's the know-how.
4 Cutting Techniques and a Valentine's Heart
Beginner to advanced cutting techniques in one project. This Valentine's Heart goes from simple triangles to stained glass inlaid in stained glass.
How to Hang Wedi Backer
Wedi is a great substrate - light weight, durable, waterproof, outdoor, indoor, and easy to work with. But hanging it is something of an unknown - until now. There are 2 ways and both are shown in this video.
How to Mosaic a Terra Cotta Pot - Part 3
The grouting and finishing episode covers important information about the type of grout, application, and other finishing touches for this pot.
How to Mosaic a Terra Cotta Pot - Part 2
The pot has a vertical surface which gravity turns into a challenge. In this video you learn how to beat gravity and how to prevent grout and tile from chipping.
How to Mosaic a Terra Cotta Pot - Part 1
This video covers the first 3 things you should know before you mosaic a terra cotta pot.
How to Install a Hanging System
One of the questions you should ask and answer before starting a new mosaic project is "How will you hang it?" Here is a good answer.
How to Make the Best Photos of Your Mosaics with a Cell Phone
A professional photographer who has photographed thousands of mosaics shows an easy technique without professional lights and cameras.
Get More From Your Nippers
Wheeled nippers often get replaced before they have to. This video shows you how to get all of their useful life.
Two Color Grout for Christmas Mosaics
Buying the color of grout that you want may be impossible, but making it isn't. Applying 2 or more colors of grout to your mosaic can be tedious, but this video will show you how. (this is episode 2 of 2)
Making Patterns & Shadows for Christmas Mosaics
Like a lot of things, a few little tricks help a lot. This video is full of them, from making and using a pattern, to making shadows so objects have form and not just shape. (this is episode 1 of 2)
How to Install a Mosaic on Mesh to a Wall
Using mosaic mesh to create a mosaic makes creation easy, but what about installing it on a wall? This video shows how to do it and what you should be ...
The Essential Gradient
Creating the illusion of the third dimension in a 2 dimensional art piece is usually dependent on your ability to create gradients with tesserae. It's not that difficult ...
Feathers, Fur, Fire - How to Nip Them
This easy to use nipping technique lets you add texture, depth and flow to mosaics. The video shows the technique and examples of how to apply it.
The Quick Basics - Getting Started in Mosaics
These are the quick basics to make your first experience in mosaics easy & fun. They will help you make decisions about all of the great options for using your creativity.
Dippin' and Butterin'
The best way to save time on cleaning adhesives from your finished mosaics is to use the right amount. These two techniques, Dippin' and Butterin' are great ways to apply glue and thinset.
How & Why to Seal Wood Backers
It is essential to seal wood backers. However, it is easy to do without adding new supplies. Watch to see how and why.
Cutting House Numbers With a Wet Saw
Mosaic address plaques can personalize something that is otherwise very mundane. I prefer to make the numbers from a single piece of stained glass. This is how I do it.
Mixing Small & Large Batches of Grout
Most mosaics need that mess-making step called grouting. Mixing grout can be pretty easy when you use these methods.
Fat Cat - Grooming for the Gallery
Before all of this, Fat Cat was a drab, gray shape, then he got tesserae, but now the final touches before going to the gallery. See how he gets ready.
Fat Cat - The Humble Beginning
Before all of this, Fat Cat was a drab, gray shape. See, be inspired by, and learn how he became what he is today.
How to Cut Complex Shapes with Wheeled Nippers
There are some tricks to cutting these complex shapes with wheeled nippers, but beginners and pros can easily use the techniques shown in this video.
Making Leaves with Nippers, Glass and Out-of-the-Box Thinking
Three types of leaves are made in this video. One of them is tricky if you just use nippers. But, Lou Ann shows how "out-of-the-box" thinking makes a leaf with just nippers.
I Got a Commission - Now What ?
Getting a commision for a mosiac project can be very exciting. But, what is really involved? Lou Ann Weeks shares the step-by-step process from the first contact to the final clean-up in a series of 9 videos. In this episode Lou Ann discusses the business arrangement and first steps.
Designing a Pattern for a Client
Patterns are not only required by clients, but their dimensional accuracy is critical for large architectural mosaic installations. Here's a way to get both at the same time. Episode 2 of 9.
Mosaic Over Pattern - The Set-up
A modern application of a technique that has been used for centuries, Lou Ann demonstrates what may prevent more costly mistakes than any other way to make a mosaic. Episode 3 of 9.
4 Things Nippers Can't Do
Nippers are really easy to work with and I especially like using them since Nippinglass came out. But, they still have their limitations. This video shows the limitations and a solution to each.
Cutting Stained Glass - My Favorite Tools
This video goes into detail about the tools I personally use for cutting stained glass. I will demonstrate how to cut glass and which tool works best for each. Tips and tricks for cutting curves, squares and triangles out of stained glass, as well as other tools handy for cleaning your mosaic are also shown.
How to Cut Stained Glass Using a Wet Saw
This video is a demonstration of how to cut stained glass shapes such as straight cuts, curves, 90-degree angles and unusual shapes, all using a wet saw. Watch close-ups of actual demonstrations on cutting the glass, along with important tips on how to achieve the best results.
The Making of a Mosaic Falcon
Combine students learning a new skill, gaining confidence and pride with a large scaled mosaic art project and this is what happens! Watch this 3-minute video of our project from beginning to end – step by step through this complex but fun process. Hope you will enjoy it!
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