Nice variety of project ideas that aren’t too technically challenging. Lots of templates for various designs. Some nice glass ideas for bits of glass, beachglass, gems etc. Lots of good pictures. And lots of extra bits such as making plaster items to add to frames. I wouldn’t say these things can necessarily be completed in an afternoon. There are a couple of tabletops in there! And things to be painted! But there are many things there that could make excellent gifts such as frames, candle holders, pots… There are definitely some great ideas in this book.
I picked up this book at my local library and its a beauty. The authors are George Shannon and Pat Torlen who own and operate the On the Edge Glass Studio in Winnipeg, Canada.If you want to explore using stained glass, this seems like a really good place to start. Lots of pictures, clear cut instructions and it seems very doable. Very pretty projects too. I was especially caught up by the section on making stained glass stepping stones from scratch. Definitely worth a look.
A mixed media mosaic artist whose website can be found at http://www.mikaarts.com/. She also has written a book “Mixed Media Mosaics: Techniques & Projects Using Polymer Clay Tiles Beads & Other Embellishments”
Her work includes the use of polymer clay amongst other materials. She holds classes and workshops so check out the website.
It being “Mosaic Techniques & Traditions: Projects & Designs from Around the World” by Sonia King.
Having had my nose stuck in this book for the better part of the afternoon, I can definitely say that this book is an ESSENTIAL for the mosaics bookshelf. Loads of wonderful droolworthy photos, fantastic chapters on technique, tools and materials with loads of real life practical tips. I don’t think there would be many questions that couldn’t be answered by this book.
Incredibly comprehensive but it also has plenty of good “coffee table book” photos.
Buy it if you want a book. I can see this one being a bit of a mosaics bible.
Sonia’s website can be found at http://www.mosaicworks.com/ .
And if you live downunder I can recommend Fishpond as a source for this book. Their prices are excellent and there is a lot of free shipping at the moment. Great service. The book took a while to arrive even though I had received an email telling me it had been sent. I contacted them to tell them it hadn’t showed and they promptly organised a replacement book. Of course the parcel then arrived. Word of warning: my book was actually sourced from NZ even though I went through an Australian website. It may take 2-5 days to reach the East Coast of Australia from Auckland [which is the time quoted in the email and on the website] but they haven’t taken into consideration the time to get to Darwin which is usually a week plus if it comes from Sydney. I’ve had mail arrive faster from Florida in the USA [try 5 days!] than from Sydney…
But I digress…buy this book if you want to take your mosaics past the beginner stage – because there is no way I am going to let anyone borrow my copy! 😛
Interesting book that takes you through a few projects and they keep the projects interesting and stylish. The cathedral window pattern of the lamp in the front cover is a good example and they provide a couple of alternative ways of doing it. The best part of the whole book is the pages of motifs and templates it has in the back. Lots of information in this book and some very decent projects.
While looking for material to blog on mosaics I somehow ended up at Amazon looking at Giorgini's "Handmade tiles"
Looking at the rave reviews, it seems to be the book to buy on the subject and it even tells you how to make the tools to make the tiles.
I can so easily seeing myself doing a ceramics course just so that I can make my own tiles. The commercial tiles available just don't always cut it and there definitely is a role for making your own tiles in this hobby.