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Re: Tile Murals & California

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Sun, 28 Mar 1999 23:51:27 EST

Suzanne, About the tile murals, what type are you talking about? Are you
meaning that parts of the design will be painted on ceramic tiles and then
arranged to create a picture? Or do you want to do a mosaic from little bitty

I am a high school teacher and have two large mosaic murals under way, with
three of my students. They're not finished yet, but it is going well, after a
lot of careful research. One is with broken ceramic tiles, the other with
vitreous glass.

If these are what you have in mind, we have gone through a lot and I'd be
happy to save you some of the problems we encountered.

I think it is not rocket science. I say give it a go. I would recommend
putting it on a large sheet of 3/4 " or 1" plywood, due to the irregularities
of the brick. You could leave a border of wood showing if your school will
round off the edges. The students could work together on the floor, and you
could grout it after it is hung on the wall. The only problem would be if your
students are too young to handle the jagged pieces of ceramic tile. If so, it
would be expensive to order the little tiles.

You could take some of their simple drawings (animals?) and project them
larger onto the wood. Sea life? Rainforest? Animals from around the world?
Our pets? Choose a few and let them guess whose? It will become everyone's
when they get to attach tiles themselves.

I would like to recommend a book that we found invaluable. New Crafts Mosaics
by Helen Baird, published in 1997 by Lorenz Books. ISBN 1 85967 382 1 It has
several samples of smaller projects, which are inspiring, although it was
intended to be a follow-the-directions-and-create-our-projects kind of book.
It helped us find the right procedures and materials without having to go the
trial-and-error route. Mostly pictures and very very easy to follow and adapt
to your own situation. The older library books were just too hard to wade
through, and made it seem like a difficult process. It isn't.

Sorry for such a long post, I'm just really excited about the work these kids
are doing and have learned a lot. Karla in Arkansas