Over recent months, customers have been making some interesting requests for bespoke kits so that they can make mosaics to reflect their own ideas.
Bespoke kits and packages might be adaptations of the designs in the range, eg. one customer last week purchased a set of 4 refills: spider, ladybird, dragonfly, sunshine but also added a request for a selection of tiles to build these into a rectangular garden mosaic feature. I’ve provided all the material required, together with the construction guidelines to help the customer achieve her vision.
Another customer wanted kits for her three children to make a set of stepping stones for their father’s 50th birthday. The children had ideas so I provided design templates and kits of these: a yacht on the sea; moon and stars; the planets.
If you like our kits but don’t see a design that appeals to you, why not suggest an idea for a new kit or order a bespoke design?
I’m thinking two cute little love-birds or maybe stylised flowers: orchids, lilies….other than two intertwined heart motifs, what would you suggest as a relevant but timeless image to use in a wedding gift mosaic?
Now is the best time to give your garden path a make-over and here’s a cool way to do it – with a series of handmade mosaic stepping stones made by your own family and friends!!
Its so much fun!!
With a combination of mosaic stepping stone kits, refills and maybe throw in a 2 or 3 extra moulds for convenience, why not host an arty party to make your own mosaic stepping stones for the garden path?
Casting the mosaic stepping stones (still in the moulds)
We started by collecting all the sections of the mosaic that were stored in the church meeting room – this is where you can see one of the William Morris stained glass windows, together with the more modern window dedicated to Sheila May Halden. I will have to find out who the artist was, as this window really caught the children’s attention and is referenced in the mosaic by the daffodil in the central area.
Central Stained Glass Window at All Saints Church by Edward Burne Jones
The installation was hard work but very satisfying. We assembled all the sections in a space close by to check that everything was there and place the pieces in the correct positions. Everything was carefully referenced and the orientation decided.
Bod was on mixing duty and we were surprised by the volume of mortar required to fill the void that had been prepared for us by the landscape contractor, Harry. Altogether we used just under 150kg of mixed mortar to fill the 1800mm diameter circle to a depth of 25mm.
The weather was very kind to us and it was so pleasant to be working in a location with great views and no traffic. One or two passers-by stopped for a look and a chat and all seemed to like the design very much.
Roman Mosaics are proving so popular with schools, we ‘re adding new Roman Mosaic School Packs to our range and specials for some of next year’s educational suppliers’ catalogues.
The Year 3 children of Chorlton Church of England Primary School can tell you all about the Romans. The topic has been one that they've thoroughy enjoyed and now they're all expert mosaic makers too! photo by Sarah McAdam In just two workshop sessions, the whole class had completed their work and it was ready to grout. With help from Tracey and a couple of parent volunteers, each child then had the opportunity to grout their masterpiece themself. … Read More
School children from All Saints C E Primary, staff, parents and other members of the local community joined us yesterday to create the centrepiece mosaic feature for the new sensory garden at All Saints church.
Children worked with me this week to refine the design for which a number of great ideas had already been proposed. We spent some time in the church looking closely at the magnificent stained glass windows. There are fine examples of original William Morris and Edward Burne Jones designs in this gem of a church, tucked away in rural Staffordshire. The colours and compositions are a real joy to discover.
The final design combines several of the children’s masterpieces and borrows from the formality of the strong geometric designs to be found in the floor tiles and elsewhere in the church.
A date will be arranged in the next couple of weeks for installation as soon as the landscape contractors are ready for us. More news then…………….