The art & craft of mosaics is only limited by your imagination. Mosaics can be created on practically anything; as long as there is no movement in the object you can mosaic it.
In this 'How to Mosaic' I'm looking at how you can prepare a surface to mosaic using plaster cloth. Plaster cloth is the same material that is used on broken limbs; it is simple to apply and hardens into a surface that is suitable to mosaic.
Once the plaster hardens then you are ready to decorate your base. Here I have a very beautiful technqiue for your to try! Bring on the Bling!
Steps for Preparing Your Mosaic Base Using Plaster Cloth
1. Select a surface to mosaic. This is only limited by your imagination but can include items shoes, hats and bags. For surfaces such as this shoe rough it up with something abrasive to help the plaster cloth take hold. When selecting your base just remember that it will grow in size once the plaster cloth, tiles and grout have been added.
2. Cut the plaster cloth into various strip sizes
3. Fill a bowl with warm water and dip the strips into the water one at a time. Run your fingers down the plaster cloth to thoroughly wet the plaster cloth slip.
4. Place the wet strips into position and use your fingers to smooth over the surface, ensuring that no air pockets exist. Layer the cloth and overlap it in different directions to strength it. You can create texture by scrunching or folding the wet strips, or placing a cutout shape under the plaster cloth.
5. Once complete allow the plaster cloth to dry thoroughly before starting to mosaic. Plaster is porous, so before you begin to mosaic the surface make sure you seal it well to prevent the adhesive and grout drying out too quickly.
I'd recommend using this technique on mosaics that aren't going to be subject to water or the elements.
A Great New Decorating Technique