Mosaics in an afternoonŽ

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9780806957753: Mosaics in an afternoonŽ

In one single afternoon, turn broken china, colored glass, and mosaic tiles into works of art for your home! These quick and easy mixed-media ideas get great results, incorporating everything from smashed pots to glass beads to seashells. Everything you need to know about materials, supplies, and techniques is explained so simply and thoroughly that even beginners can get a professional look. Then start on one of the 30 incredible projects, all shown in glorious color photographs: * A "Beach Mirror" or one made from "Mother's China." * An art deco table and chair with a classic, graceful look. * A "Hearts and Tiles" frame for your treasured pictures. * Decorate home and garden with sink backsplashes, stepping-stones, shelves, flowerpots, and pretty bottles. Plus 27 more eye-catching and practical articles to make your home a showcase! 112 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10. NEW IN PAPERBACK

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Bright and cheerful, the designs of Connie Sheerin feature mixed-media mosaics applied to flea-market finds or wooden bases. With a colorful array of glass and mirror pieces, tiles, marbles, broken pottery, seashells, and buttons, she covers frames, flowerpots, lamps, tables, shelves, bookends, chairs, clocks, and boxes. The pictures are clear and the directions good, and patterns are included wherever necessary. Most projects are fairly easy, although the three objects on hand-cut bases (a large frame and two backsplashes) will require some practice with the scroll saw. A number of projects are given a unique look through the use of plaster shapes cast in small plaster or candy molds and then painted; thus the mosaic pattern on a shelf displaying a teapot collection incorporates little teapots and cups, or a frame for the kitchen is adorned with miniature veggies. Sheerin also thoughtfully offers guidelines on two important concepts not always covered in other books on the subject: how to estimate the amount of mosaic materials needed for your own projects (quantities are already given for the ones in the book), and how to transfer designs. --Amy Handy

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Connie Sheerin has crafted in one way or another for as long as she can remember. Although she majored in communication, she earned money in college by doing pastel portraits of her friends. After spending ten years working in marketing, Connie tired of the fast pace and returned to the craft industry in 1995. Today, she designs and writes, and is a member of the Society of Craft Designers. Her favourite craft is mosaics, and her book Creative Mosaics was published in 1998.

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