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Mosaic a Cement Bench by Vicky Smith

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Mosaic a Cement Bench

Mosaic art originated some time in the forth century BC when the Greeks turned traditional stone pavement patterns into an art form, using colored stones to create scenes of people and animals. The term "mosaic" can be defined as an effect or art style rather than a technique because it encompasses many different mediums, such as tile, stone, glass or other small found objects, all of which can be called "tesserae," a word derived from the Latin word "cube." You can make mosaics on anything but mortar and slate tiles stick best on rough surfaces, such as cement benches. Instructions as follows: Firstly, measure the surface area of the cement bench you are designing your mosaic for with a tape measure. This will help you to design your mosaic in the correct dimensions. Secondly, design your mosaic on a sheet of graph paper, determining the approximate surface area of each colored tile needed. Because you can cut pieces of tile, stone and glass with a tile nipper, your measurements can be approximations and need not be exact. Thirdly, purchase tesserae in the colors needed for your designs at a craft store or online. Knowing the approximate surface area of each color can help a craft store clerk recommend the amount of tile you need. Fourthly, lay out your tesserae on a flat surface as practice and to see approximately how your design will work, making sure the colors mix well with each other. If you are dissatisfied with the color combinations this will allow you to exchange tesserae before it's too late and your design is permanently fixed on the bench. Fifthly, clean off tesserae with hot soapy water to eliminate dirt and grease. Rinse soap off of tesserae and towel dry with a lint free rag. Sort tesserae based on color and place each color in a separate container. Sixthly, clean the surface of the cement bench with hot soapy water, scrubbing off dirt with a sponge. Using your mosaic pattern design you drew on a sheet of graph paper, draw a rough draft of your design on the bench using a pencil. Seventhly, put on rubber gloves and mix your cement based mortar as directed until it has the thickness of cake batter and spread mortar in a small area of the bench using a spatula. The thickness of the mortar depends on the thickness of your tesserae. You will want enough to hold the pieces but enough space in-between two tesserae pieces so that you can apply grout and you don't want mortar to ooze over your colored pieces. Eighthly, apply tesserae pieces onto the mortar in small sections at a time, following the etching of your design. Cut tesserae into smaller pieces for edges and small spaces using a tile nipper. Allow at least 72 hours for the mortar to dry. Ninthly, mix grout as directed by the brand. It should be a mud-like consistency similar to that of the mortar. Scrape out any extra mortar in-between tiles with the spatula. Finally, let me have a short conclusion. As an eminent business E-platform of promoting stone industry, we are based with the target that to assist stone enterprises to extend their overseas markets and upgrade their brands. If you are really interested in us and want to consult us freely, you can also see limestone or become a loyal follower of us by @

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