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Welcome to the wonderful world of mosaics. Beginners are new to mosaics and seeking guidance on making their first few mosaics. At this point the focus is on using basic tools to cut tesserae (tiles) into basic shapes, and adhere them to a backer. These videos will help you easily progress to the intermediate skill level.

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How to Start A Mosaic - the order of things

It can be confusing on where you should start. Do you start on an edge, in the middle, or somewhere else? There is an order to laying your tesserae that will apply to every mosaic you make. This explains the process and how to apply it. (5 min. 38sec.)

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How to Use Wheeled Nippers

Wheeled nippers are the main cutting tool to use in mosaics. In this video you will learn; 1)what you can do with them, 1) how to hold them, 3)two ways to cut with them, and 4)how to maintain them. (6 min. 2sec.)

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How to Cut Basic Shapes With Wheeled Nippers

You will learn to cut the 4 basic shapes that mosaics are made of - squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. And, you will learn to make them with just your wheeled nippers. (3 min. 42 sec.)

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How to Use Glue for Mosaics - Dippin' & Daubin'

White glue is probably the most commonly used adhesive in modern mosaics, but getting the right amount of glue in the right places is often challenging at first. This video will teach you 2 techniques to properly apply glue and help you get through the learning curve faster. (3 min. 21 sec.)

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How to Mix Thinset

Thinset is an adhesive that is essential to creating many types of mosaics. This video teaches what you need to know from buying it to mixing it with confidence. (3 min. 48 sec.)

close up view of thinset being applied to a backer with a craft stick

How to Apply Thinset to Small Areas

In this video you will learn 2 techniques for applying thinset to small areas. These techniques are very different than the technique used for applying thinset to large areas. A video in the intermediate Library demonstrates that. (3 min. 57 sec.)

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Mixing Small Batches of Grout

Grouting can be intimidating – if you mix it too wet, choose the wrong color, or even if you don't clean it off right… you can ruin your mosaic that you just spent hours creating. Yet it is an essential part of most mosaics. But don't worry this video will take you through the entire process. (4 min. 59 sec.)

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How to Apply Grout (3 techniques)

Learning these techniques will prepare you for grouting every mosaic that you can imagine creating. The nuances of each are demonstrated in this video. (4 min. 53 sec.)

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How to Clean & Detail Your Grouted Mosaic

As soon as you grout a mosaic, it is time to start cleaning & detailing. There is a dry cleaning technique to be used immediately; a detailing technique to be used next, and finally a wet cleaning technique. This video demonstrates all three. (3 min. 22 sec.)

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How to Seal Porous Surfaces (like wood & terra cotta)

Some surfaces require sealing before we begin to mosaic. Otherwise: 1) adhesion is degraded which causes tiles to pop off; 2) the backer swells, shrinks and warps, and; 3) moisture in the backer promote rot. This video shows the best practice in sealing porous surfaces. (3 min. 07 sec.)


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