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Mosaics involve assembling small pieces of items such as glass, stone or other materials and putting them together in some kind of pattern that creates a wonderful piece of mosaic art.

If you are new to mosaics, make sure you choose a good project to get started with. Straighter lines are easier for newer mosaic makes, ie take a frame or mirror to work around as curved edges take more experience to navigate.

Certain surfaces are easier to stick mosaics to. Beginners should start with terracotta pottery, glass and cement.

Don't go crazy buying supplies for your mosaic making, but there are certain basics that you will always need, such as;

Grout
Tiles
Adhesive
Nippers
Spreaders
Sponges

Make sure you buy enough supplies to finish the project you are working on. There is nothing worse than getting near the end of a pattern and discovering that you have run out of tiles.

If you are making a mosaic project that you are going to leave outdoors, make sure you use a protector sealant so that it will last.

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how to lay out pattern


Your pattern should have directions as to how to place the pattern pieces on your material. Be sure that you put the pattern exactly like it says - until you get proficient, then you can play:) Check that you have put the pieces that go on the fold are on the fold and that the pattern goes only in the direction that the pieces show, especially if the material has a 1 way design, like chickens, flowers, cats, etc. Otherwise one side will be right side up and the other will be upside down. Also, check that you are using the proper diagram for the size of material you are using. If you are making a jacket or something with buttons, it is a good idea to put a smaller button on the inside of the material and sew that along with the real button. That would be, on the inside of the material that is against the body, a small button. The material, then the outside button. This keeps the thread from tearing the material and the button will stay on longer. If you are new at sewing, don't get frustrated and give up if you run into trouble. It's fun and if you can sew a straight line, you can make pillows, cat/dog beds, toys, etc. Check out these sites for help. Good luck and happy sewing.
http://sewing.about.com/od/beginner1/bb/sewing101.htm and http://www.instructables.com/id/Learn-to-Sew-1/

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What are sewing patterns?


Home sewing patterns are usually printed on tissue paper and are sometimes sold with instructions and advice about which fabrics to choose etc The pattern is used to copy onto the fabric to make a piece of clothing.

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how were roman mosaics made?


They had a base made from wood combined with hay, porcelain, and clay. Plaster was then put on top and small pieces of stones or glass were placed to make a picture. There was usually a border made from larger stones/tiles.

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What is a mosaic?


A mosaic is a picture that's made out of lots of small pieces of glass or stone. all the pieces are different colours and are combined to make one large colourful picture.

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Acquired a used Parks Astronomical Telescope 60 mm - 700 mm. w/90degree eyepiece is a G.S-7 5mm. My 9yr old grandson (a future engineer) decided he wanted to know how it was put together and while I stepped out of the room for only 15-20 seconds he had the pieces all taken apart including the glass much to my dismay. I tried to reassemble the pieces the best I could but it won't focus. I need a detailed pictorial assembly with instruction so we can reassemble the pieces correctly.


Just found your posting kind of old but I hope this helps you--

Most of these small refractors assemble the same way-- so take a look at these Meade brand refractor manual and see if it helps you put it back together.

http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeManuals/Refractors/90AZ-ADR.pdf

http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeManuals/Refractors/Meade-RB60.pdf


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