Studio Secrets: Mosaics

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In this stunning book, Verdiano Marzi invites you into his world, and uses his expertise to show you how to create beautiful mosaics, beginning with the materials and tools he uses, the basic techniques, and finally how to create wonderful works of art.

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Verdiano Marzi is a master mosaicist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris. He does restoration work and teaches at the Louvre. Fabienne Gambrelle is a historian, a scriptwriter, and the coauthor of "Spices" and "Studio Secrets: Millinery."

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Jun 10 Step into the studio of this mosaic maker and learn the secrets of his trade. This is a fascinating book, but it does not go quite far enough for my taste. There are not enough projects. However, armed with the knowledge in this book, you should be able to strike out on your own. Good photography, very clear instructions, history, exciting look at an artist in his workshop but only 5 projects. * Karen Platt * Aug 10 Watch a modern mosaic master in his studio and learn some of the tricks of the trade. This book is well illustrated with lots of shots of Marzi at work and it is certainly motivating to see what a truly renowned mosaicist's workplace looks like, and how he goes about his work. I've got quite a few books on making mosaics and invariably they show somebody having a go in an ordinary home environment, often making something fairly basic. The projects in here are just as step-by-step, but seeing such a very different workplace and contrasting it with one's own kitchen table/garden shed etc can be rather intimidating. Reading between all this reveals several projects demonstrating the main types of mosaic: direct method, mesh method and reverse mosaic. A large amount of space is devoted to one project to make a brightly colored free standing bird sculpture for the garden, but you can also learn how to make a frieze, how the ancients worked and make a wall lamp. Discover a brief history of mosaic, how to cut the tiles, see the different materials used for making mosaics and find out at least some of what you need to buy. I would have preferred Search Press' usual illustrated list of items all carefully laid out on a table but much of the information you need is in here somewhere. Somebody very used to a large number of craft processes or anybody who has done a small amount of mosaic work and has the tools and a little (but not much) experience ought to find it useful. * Myshelf.com *

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