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The Complete Book of Mosaics: Materials, Techniques, and Step-by-Step Instructions for over 25 Beautiful HomeAccents Hardcover – May 19, 2005

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Adult/High School–Biggs and Hunkin make constructing this art look simple with their clear, step-by-step text and illustrations. The section on techniques describes the basics of designing a mosaic, selecting colors and materials, cutting and fixing the tiles, and finishing the piece. Each of the projects is introduced in double-page format with a brief description and a list of tools and materials needed opposite a stunning photograph of the finished product. Most of the text is presented as captions under a series of photographs depicting the graduated process of making each mosaic. Templates are provided in the back of the book where one can also find a list of suppliers that may sell several of the designs as kits. Although the projects presented are not rated beginner, intermediate, or advanced, it's apparent that the authors intended them to be fun learning experiences. The level of difficulty is limited only by one's own imagination.–Claudia C. Holland, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (May 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762106085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762106080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah J. Slinger on July 5, 2010
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I teach mosaics and this would be the second most popular book. Great photos, simple to advanced ideas and easy to follow instructions.
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This is a great little book for beginners with easy to understand basics of mosaics and tools. I refer to this more than any other mosaic book and I am gradually collecting many more books by these authors. Biggs and Hunkin give you the encouragement to try the new and different things. Easy to understand and a great reference.
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This book has beautiful color photos and examples of mosaic designs. It has a wide variety of projects. Glad I bought it.
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This is a pretty straightforward book, so the projects are tables, picture frames, candle holders, and a few strictly decorative items. The techniques section looked familiar to me, it's from another, previous, book, probably one that I had seen in the library. Anyway, the technique section is sufficient to get an adult up and running with mosaicing using broken pottery/ceramics and glass squares.

My young daughters thought the projects depicted in the book were universally impressive. So we're going to do a couple of similar mosaics.

All in all, good, basic book, perfect for the beginner, or someone looking for a selection of basic mosaic projects.
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