Mosaic Artists Turn Stained Glass Into Decor For Homes

Mosaic Artists Turn Stained Glass Into Decor For Homes


With each tiny piece he adds, artist Jonathan Cohen gets closer to his mosaic masterpiece. His giant works of art come together to something that looks like this. Getting something like this
backyard mural installed requires solving a massive puzzle, one where no one piece is like another. But, somehow, from a
seemingly disorganized pile of ceramic tile and stained-glass pieces, he creates order and beauty. The team of mosaic
artists at Joseph & Sons are experts at creating
these artworks in your home, from the floors to a
backsplash or even a pool, and they’ve been doing
it for over 25 years. The first step after
creating the custom design is knowing what he needs for a piece and gathering all the materials. Then, Jonathan uses the
square-footage measurement to determine how much of each
color material they’ll need. Jonathan: I come here, and
the focal in this place is stained glass. I use the pieces, and
I make it for mosaics, but this is actually about 99% of what stained glass is used for. Got some browns. That’s
a very popular color. Narrator: These stained-glass pieces, combined with other
materials, like stone tile, will form an image that can be composed of up to 50,000 tiny pieces. The next step is the fabrication process, which is when the physical part of the mosaic artwork is preassembled. Jonathan: Say hello to this
mural that we got going. Narrator: It starts with a printout of the design to scale. Jonathan spends between
two and four months placing each piece into
place in his studio. By the time the installation day comes, the piece will be mostly assembled and then cut into
2-foot-by-2-foot sections to make it easy to transport. Installation day starts
with cleaning up the canvas. In this case, it’s creating
a smooth and clean surface for the floor mural to sit on. In many cases, pieces are
individually assembled before installation day
and marked with numbers. Once the floor is prepped, the artists cement the mosaic down and let it cure for 24 hours. That holds each mosaic piece in place. All the big pieces of the puzzle are put in place using the numbers, so they line up seamlessly. Then, sometimes, the
smaller details are placed one piece at a time, on location. To keep those pieces in place and to finish the floor mural, they add a layer of grout, which binds each mosaic
piece to the one next to it, keeping the entire mosaic in its place. The grout dries, and the piece is cleaned to reveal an entirely new floor. One that will add that special,
custom touch to a home.

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