Commission for Babylon Mosaic: Mosaic table top with smalts and ceramics

A dream come true for someone like me who has just finished the first year in Spilimbergo surely is: work on a commission. An even bigger dream: work on it independently. During my summer at Emilie and Babylon Mosaic I do have this chance. The first project is a table with a very graphic design in reds and yellows.

Indirect method for a plane surface

When it is finished the tabletop will measure 140 x 75 cm. To compensate the height differences in the mix of 6 nuances of handmade smalts and ceramics I use an indirect method. For this purpose I have copied the outlines of the design to a temporary paper base and split the mosaic into sections that are more easy to handle. You can learn how to do this in my next tutorial here on mused. The flour glue for this temporary work will be solved after reversing the mosaic and the whole surface will be grouted.

Let’s go! Le grand puzzle

But first I had to prepare the material. I interlock the approximately 14 kilos of irregular forms more or less spontaneously with each other. Or as the tourists who jump in daily in Emilie’s Atelier call it, while they look at me with curious glances: “Ah, vous faites un grand puzzle!” (very cute pronunciation: Pözzl).
Of course I have to readjust some precut parts. But unlike the Giandomenico Facchina method, of which I have already reported in section Spilimbergo 24/7 a little joint is allowed and even wanted.

You’re excited to see how the table looks like when all the parts are reversed and applied to the surface? Me too. Of course I will show you photos from the result!

PS: The little cat on the last image is Ceppo, the mascot of the studio. All children who are somehow related with the people from the citadel and spend their holidays here want to be his babysitter. Très drôle!

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  • Remember, rodents love flour glue. I almost always work reverse – or indirect method – using water soluble white glue. It is a little harder to clean than flour glue, but mice don’t like it !
    Good Luck and enjoy the wine !

    • Hey Frederic, yes in fact I remembered your story having the cat around. But we use only animal-friendly flour glue here. That is: flour, water and natural acid. Thanks for reminding me though!

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