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How to...

General tips

I can't recommend Helen Miles's videos on YouTube enough.  Helen has a brilliantly relaxed teaching style and there's a video for almost every mosaic conundrum.  I've highlighted a few here, but if your specific issue isn't covered you can look at her whole library of videos by clicking here.

Complete guide to mosaic materials

How to cut glass tiles

Helen's top five tips

How to cut ceramic tiles

Making mosaics for less

Fixing mosaic mistakes

More practical guides...

American artists Bonnie Fitzgerald and Kim Wozniak host the 'Make it Mosaics' channel on YouTube, which is also an excellent source of useful technical information.   But don't be confused by the language barrier - 'thinset' is just tile adhesive.
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Working at scale and installing a large mosaic

These two videos from the brilliant London School of Mosaic are here to make you believe you can do anything.  So many of us are nervous about working on a large scale because the difficulties of scaling up drawings, working in sections and installing an enormous expanse of mosaic.  Nobody is claiming that any of that is easy, but you can see here that it's possible and even fun.   

How to make a guilloche

Ever wondered how to make a guilloche?  It turns out you don't need to be quite as mathematically gifted as you might think...  This video was made by the Classics Department at Kings College London, with help from BAMM and the London School of Mosaic.  Showing you how it's done  are super-mosaicists Giulia Vogrig and Gary Drostle.

Moving a Roman mosaic

OK, probably not something any of us will ever need to do, but this video from the Metropolitan Museum in New York shows how the glorious Lod mosaic, discovered under a road-widening project in Israel in 1996, was painstakingly moved so that it could be conserved.   Thrills, but amazingly no spills, given how the team use their power-tools  right next to the mosaic surface.

The Romans - how did they do it? - Part II

If you're interested in using authentic methods to create stone mosaics, this film by the Art Institute of Chicago shows how a substrate would have been prepared in the ancient world, and shows the recreation of a Roman mosaic - all in three and a half minutes...
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