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  • Mosaic Tile Type Index
    and grooved on the back in order to help with cutting and also aid the adhesive These are frost and UVA resistant and therefore suitable for outdoor use Gold Veined Vitreous Gold Veined Vitreous glass tiles are 4mm thick tesserae they are usually made up of a main colour with copper or gold streaks through them This is achieved by mixing in the metalic additive whilst the glass is st They are perfectly flat on side and grooved on the back in order to help with cutting and also aid the adhesive These are frost and UVA resistant and therefore suitable for outdoor use Marble Our marble tiles are unpolished natural quarried marble and stone They are not reconstituted or cultured and therefore are crystalline in nature and rather hard to cut without the right tools The standard way of cutting stone is to use a hardie although wheeled nippers may also work however the wheels will get blunt rather fast Marble tiles need to be sealed prior to grouting as the grout will otherwise seep into the porous marble and affect the colour This can be done with beeswax or marble sealant In order to bring out the true colour of the marble use polish varnish or wax These are frost and UVA resistant and therefore suitable for outdoor use Iridescent Vitreous tiles Vitreous iridescent glass tiles are 4mm thick standard tesserae they are usually made up of a main colour with slight variations dabble across the tile They are perfectly flat on side and grooved on the back in order to help with cutting and also aid the adhesive The iridised layer is sprayed onto the top of the tile to give a metallic look and alter the colour of the tiles depending on the light which hits it These are available as 10 and 20mm tiles in a large range of colours These tiles are frost and UVA resistant and therefore perfectly suited for indoor or outdoor use Glitter tiles Our glitter tiles are 4mm thick solid glass tiles with a fused layer of glitter on the back of them The edges of the tiles are slightly rounded to aid with grouting and make them safe for use by children These tiles are available in 10 and 20mm in a wide variety of colours and colour assortments These tiles are UVA and frost resistant although the backing will be affected by moisture and therefore are unsuitable for outdoor use unless special care is taken to provide a reliable barrier to humidity Mini Glazed Ceramic tiles and Charms Glazed Ceramic tiles are created by fusing thin layers of clay together and finally spraying a layer of glaze over the tile to get around the natural porous property of clay Our tiles have a slightly thinner glaze on the edge of them in order to give an illusion of three dimensions These tiles are frost water and fade proof with a non slip finish therefore making them perfect for

    Original URL path: http://www.hobby-island.co.uk/Mosaic-tile-index (2016-04-27)
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  • Mosaic Classes
    Mosaics Glazed Ceramic Mosaics 10mm Mini Glazed Ceramic Tiles 5mm Micro Ceramic Ceramic Charms Mini Ceramic Charms Unglazed Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles Byzantic Unglazed Ceramic Winckelmans Unglazed Porcelain Loose Marble Mosaic 10mm Marble mosaic 20mm Marble Mosaic Marble Bars Resin Mosaic Tiles Glossy Resin Tiles Transparent Resin Tiles Safety Tempered Glass Stained Glass Crazy Paving Stained Glass Plates 5x15cm Tiffany Glass Plates 15x20cm Tiffany Tiles Van Gogh Glass Dynasty Smalti Flip Ceramic Tiles Flip Ceramic Mini Crash Glass Other Products Mosaic Kits Projects Mosaic Projects Starter Kit with Bamboo Dish Tile Kits Tool Kits Glue Grout and Pigments Glue Grout Pigments Tools Sundries Cutters and Nippers Sundries Tool Kits Containers Bases Glass Bases Perspex Bases Terracotta Bases Wooden Bases Metal Bases Books and Patterns Books Patterns Everything Else New Products Special Offers Clearance Specials School Packs Home Mosaic Classes Mosaic Classes With over 400 visitors a day Hobby Island Mosaics is a one stop shop for mosaic lovers throughout the uk Unfortunately however we do not provide classes so if you would like to advertise your services in this area free of charge simply contact us by phone or email and we will add you to our list of mosaic

    Original URL path: http://www.hobby-island.co.uk/Mosaic-classes (2016-04-27)
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  • Competitions
    Tiles Gold Veined Vitreous Gold Veined 25 Tiles Gold Veined 75 Tiles Gold Veined Full Sheet Cloudy Vitreous Cloudy 25 Tiles Cloudy 75 Tiles Cloudy Full Sheet Iridescent Glass Mosaic 10mm Iridescent Vitreous Tiles 20mm Iridescent Vitreous Tiles Glitter Mosaic 10mm Glitter Mosaic 20mm Glitter Mosaic Glitter Shapes Mosaic Shapes Drops Gems Crystal Mosaic Shapes Glass Mosaic Drops Mosaic Gem Mixes Mosaic Assortments Mother of Pearl Mosaic Murrini Mosaic 10mm Murrini 20mm Murrini Mirror Tiles Millefiori Moonshine Measures Micro Mosaics Glazed Ceramic Mosaics 10mm Mini Glazed Ceramic Tiles 5mm Micro Ceramic Ceramic Charms Mini Ceramic Charms Unglazed Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles Byzantic Unglazed Ceramic Winckelmans Unglazed Porcelain Loose Marble Mosaic 10mm Marble mosaic 20mm Marble Mosaic Marble Bars Resin Mosaic Tiles Glossy Resin Tiles Transparent Resin Tiles Safety Tempered Glass Stained Glass Crazy Paving Stained Glass Plates 5x15cm Tiffany Glass Plates 15x20cm Tiffany Tiles Van Gogh Glass Dynasty Smalti Flip Ceramic Tiles Flip Ceramic Mini Crash Glass Other Products Mosaic Kits Projects Mosaic Projects Starter Kit with Bamboo Dish Tile Kits Tool Kits Glue Grout and Pigments Glue Grout Pigments Tools Sundries Cutters and Nippers Sundries Tool Kits Containers Bases Glass Bases Perspex Bases Terracotta Bases Wooden Bases Metal Bases

    Original URL path: http://www.hobby-island.co.uk/Competitions (2016-04-27)
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  • Customer Testimonials
    Excellent quick and helpful service Elaine 21 September 2015 This was my second order and as with first order delivery was prompt No problems at all thank you Kim Tanton Mohan 21 September 2015 Good communication package arrived quickly and well boxed Jackie 21 September 2015 Excellent good communication efficient and very helpful friendly staff sharon 21 September 2015 I have been using Hobby Island for about a year now They are a genuine honest company and can never do enough for you V Jeffries 21 September 2015 Excellent company with great communication Loads of products to choose from lyn 21 September 2015 Fast delivery all items have been accurately described and fairly priced ThePea 11 September 2015 The company was extremely efficient in delivering my craft tiles within a fast time The tiles are of good quality and well described in the listing I would recommend this company to anybody michael stephens 10 September 2015 very reliable fast and efficient and answers any queries in minutes would highly recommend Cathy Middleton 10 September 2015 I was really pleased that it came so quickly after ordering Chris 10 September 2015 Good company to deal with will order again delivery and packing good only downfall was that they didnt let me know that the item i had ordered was out of stock until i received my order and they were missing Had they shown up as out of stock on ordering i could have made another selection at the time Hobby Island Mosaics says Dear Chris Many apologies for this issue we try and keep on top of stock control but unfortunately your item seemed to have fallen through the net I hope this did not cause too much inconvenience Sarah 6 September 2015 Fantastic service and great value products Chapman 4 September 2015 Quick delivery Good communication Linda mccarthy 4 September 2015 I love this company and they are very helpful I use them independently and through a mossaic class in spain we use this company Leslie Morton 4 September 2015 I always wonder why other companies don t have the customer service levels that Thomas and his team achieves each and every time I wish more of my suppliers were like Hobby Island Sally Bailey 4 September 2015 I buy most of my mosaics from Hobby Island because of the wide variety I ve never had any problems with delivery in fact have never had any problems with anything I have bought Arttrend J Newell 31 August 2015 was very pleased to find this product and it was just as expected when received Excellent and fast delivery and product Will definately be ordering more Lindy 23 August 2015 My friend and I found the store easy to navigate and we were very pleased with the products as they actually looked even better than the pictures It was simple to use and they came very quickly and well packaged I would definitely use this site again Well done Nicola Weller

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  • Writing an Artist's Statement
    you heard my artwork speaks for itself Sound familiar If you are one who resists we hope you will read on because crafting a statement doesn t really have to be a painful experience In fact it can be helpful to both the maker of art and to the viewer as well Why it s important We heartily agree with the idea that artwork should have enough interest to draw the viewer in all on its own However we also believe that a few words of accompaniment are often really helpful to those who are intrigued by what they see Your audience may simply want to know more more about you and why you made the individual piece or body of work that currently holds their interest They are curious about what turns your crank and why you do what you do When you are right there in the gallery you can easily talk to exhibition visitors about your work But when you are elsewhere your statement can give the viewer the added insight they seek Many artists think finding the right words and then getting them organized into coherent paragraphs that describe the multitude of variables going into the making of their artwork is impossible Often artists are so opposed to the whole statement writing thing they don t actually get that the process can be painless and well easy Think of it this way you are simply strengthening the link between the people who come to your exhibition and the artwork you have created When the viewer reads your statement they are looking for information that only you the maker of the art can provide An artist s statement is often requested as part of the required material when submitting to juried exhibitions They are also needed when

    Original URL path: http://www.hobby-island.co.uk/blog-section/artist-statement (2016-04-27)
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  • Backsplash!
    easily lends itself to Kitchen renovation projects As well thoughtful mosaic images patterns and designs can add a splash of colour and a visual focal point to any bathroom space An original mosaic backsplash may be exactly the thing your kitchen or bathroom remodelling project needs If committing yourself to a particular design is slowing you down on tackling a backsplash project read on Make it Portable There s no need to tie yourself down to a single mosaic art design forever We really like the approach described in this older post on DIY diva Kate Pruitt s blog Design Sponge The kitchen redo mosaic backsplash project she showcases in this article was created by one of her followers We particularly like the fact that the backsplash which is placed behind the kitchen sink is removable After enjoying the mosaic for a few years anyone following this design idea will be able to take the current backsplash off and replace it with a new one The older backsplash can then be repurposed into a table or simply hung on the wall in a different location Plus we also like the fact that the whole removable backsplash approach lends itself well to the mosaic enthusiast who s renting and may need to relocate eventually Here s the before and after picture of this mosaic backsplash project No Holds Barred When mosaic artist Sherry Eckhart decided to tackle the kitchen in her older Long Beach California apartment she knew that even though the space was small the project was going to be BIG Ecclectic in her tastes she took a no holds barred approach to the project Eckhart let her imagination run wild and a carnival fun house type of theme emerged The end result an eye popping kitchen with a myriad

    Original URL path: http://www.hobby-island.co.uk/blog-section/backsplash (2016-04-27)
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  • The Roman Pool: Hearst Castle
    Pool Hearst Castle William Randolph Hearst 1863 1951 best known for building America s largest newspaper empire was also a collector patron and enthusiastic appreciator of the arts A tract of land was handed down to him from his father and mother in San Simeon California For years the Hearst family used this property as a retreat and planned camping trips to the remote property though camping for the Hearsts might not be what most of most think of when heading out to the back country They had a fairly comfy set up that consisted of elaborate sleeping quarters and a separate dining tent Eventually Hearst embarked on a building project which would span almost three decades from 1917 to 1947 He engaged the young up and coming San Francisco architect Julia Morgan to design the grouping of mansions that would later become known simply as Hearst Castle Hearst himself referred to the compound as The Enchanted Hill as the buildings of the sprawling estate were erected at the top of a remote rise on the 250 000 acre property The Roman Pool Over the years visitors to the mansions on the hill included a long list of the rich and famous including movie stars national and international politicians including Winston Churchill presidents and financial moguls Visitors were expected at the evening dinner table but during the daytime were free to roam the estate and entertain themselves One of the entertainment areas favoured by many of these guests was the indoor Roman style pool It was constructed over the course of seven years between 1927 and 1934 This indoor pool complex includes a room for exercise sweat baths hand ball courts and dressing rooms in all 1 912 sq ft of meticulously tiled opulence Hearst s fascination and love of

    Original URL path: http://www.hobby-island.co.uk/blog-section/roman-pool-hearst-castle (2016-04-27)
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  • Terry Nicholls: For Love of the People, the Land and the Mosaic Art Form
    influenced your artwork practice What are some of the challenges you face as an artist s living in what some would consider to be an isolated location I am lucky to be able to see the ocean every day That influences me significantly I live in the wettest snowiest windiest and foggiest city in Canada Many people have told me about the coldness that I portray in much of my work No wonder As far as the business of mosaics is concerned I am definitely isolated from the community In a province that is 1 6x the size of the United Kingdom there is not a single glass shop or mosaic supply company Aside from my spouse Connie who occasionally mosaics there are no mosaicists here I order most of my supplies online and hope for the best especially when it comes to stained glass Smalti is more predictable thank goodness I have to keep a rather good inventory since I can t go out to a shop and pick something up Shipping time to here is problematic since I live on an island Participation in exhibits outside my province and or country involves high shipping costs especially to galleries that require a return label to be included I have to factor that into what I ask for a piece I have learned to use and take advantage of local materials so I have developed a fondness for pebbles We have lots of those and it is very refreshing to take a day and go collect some I try to pick a rare nice day Since I live on an island which we affectionately call The Rock using some of this material reflects our environment quite well Taking a mosaic workshop or attending a mosaic event involves travelling a very long distance There is a certain amount of preplanning that has to go into that Being the only working mosaic artist for perhaps thousands of miles invariably my work is the only mosaic work that people see here aside from the cheap assembly line work that comes from elsewhere I find that first and foremost I have to educate people about what mosaics are all about especially more contemporary work They have never been exposed to this medium and don t know what to make of it I must admit that I do like doing the education part I conduct demonstrations in public venues specifically with this goal in mind The Wind Come Up Photo courtesy of Terry Nicholls Have you any advice for our readers facing similar challenges Yes Take advantage of the resources of the internet I rely on the internet to meet artists I am thankful that the mosaic community is such a group of sharing and caring people I have learned much of what I know from them and most people are more than willing to answer your questions or address your concerns There is a wealth of information available and when it is not someone

    Original URL path: http://www.hobby-island.co.uk/blog-section/terrynicholls (2016-04-27)
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