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Where to Find Mosaic Art Supplies

Updated on November 10, 2012
This Tiffany glass mosaïc is a 2008 work by Anne Bedel.
This Tiffany glass mosaïc is a 2008 work by Anne Bedel. | Source

When you are starting a new type of craft, it can be difficult to figure out where to find supplies. The art of mosaics is no exception. Here are some suggestions on finding supplies to get you started creating lovely works of art.

The main ingredient in a mosaic piece is the tesserae. These are the pieces that make up the mosaic picture. Many materials can be used, such as glass, ceramics, china, stones, shells, buttons, faux gems and pearls, or really anything your imagination can come up with. They can be found in many places.

When looking for unique tesserae try asking at construction companies. If they have a large project that is using ceramic tile for floors, it is possible there will be some waste. You might have to go to the site and pick it up, but it would be worth it to find something unique. A wonderful way to find supplies is to shop at yard sales. Old plates, cups, mugs, glasses, etc. can be cut up and used for mosaic projects. And, you can usually find them quite cheap. Either cut them with your tile nippers or put them in a canvas bag and throw them onto a hard surface, such as a driveway or sidewalk. Now you have lots of new materials to use.

It is also possible to find supplies at your local department stores. In the craft or flower arranging section you can find small glass pieces, shells, river rocks and much more. These can be used as tesserae. Go to the hardware section to find waterproof glue. You might even find some grout to use if they have supplies for tile floors.

Most crafts stores will have a mosaic section. If they do not, go to the stained glass section. Those sheets of glass can be cut up and used for mosaics. And, there is a lot to choose from. It will just take a bit of work to get them the right size and shape.

You will also need cutting tools. The first tools you will need are glass nippers and a wheeled-glass cutter. You can probably find these at your local craft store. But, if not, it is very possible to find them on the internet.

You will also need bases for your projects. There are many items that can be used. If you wish to create pictures, you can use any flat surface. It is also possible to use glass items such as vases, candle holders, and jars. The cheapest place I have found these is at Dollar Tree. If you do not have one of these stores near you, try any dollar-type store. If you are still at a loss, go to the website for Dollar Tree. You can buy the items you need in bulk and have them delivered to your home or the nearest chain store. In addition to the glass items, they also stock broken glass pieces, opaque glass pieces, and river stones that can be used as tesserae.

Some of the websites I recommend to get you started are Mosaic Art Supply, Mosaic Mercantile, and Opus Mosaics. These websites have all the information you will need to get started. And, Mosaic Art Supply has tutorials that are very helpful. You can also do a search for mosaic supplies and find many more websites that will be of help.

Mosaics can be a very fulfilling hobby, or maybe even a new career. You never know where you next supplies will come from. Hopefully, these tips will get you started creating wonderful works of art.


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    Ania L 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    I like the idea of throwing the bag with tiles on the hard surface - I'm sure it's something children would love to do :)