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Mosaic beginner classes in Noordhoek, Cape Town

Here are a few more pictures of the recent mosaic beginner classes I held in Noordhoek, Cape Town with a group of lovely ladies from Pharma Dynamics. Students can gently challenge themselves with a project according to what they want to get out of the class. Projects are easy to do and class is in relaxed setting. Materials include mirror, glass tile, ceramic tiles. Fun is had by all and classes are held every 2 weeks from 18:30pm – 21:30pm on a Tuesday evening at someones house.

Projects to decorate include, House numbers, pot stand, ceramic pot, “Faith, “Love” letters etc

Prices are R250 per class project with all materials included for a 3 hour class. Extra classes are encouraged and cost R170 thereafter.

Please contact me if you are interested in a class.

Beginner class project - bird bath

Beginner class project - stepping stone

Beginner class project

Beginner class students

Please contact me if you are interested in a class.

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Cape Town Heritage building mosaic floor renovation

I recently completed the installation of the missing section on a very special 80-year-old mosaic floor in an iconic heritage building. Here I take you through the fabrication process and finally to installation:

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The missing portion of the mosaic was removed a very long time ago by someone to make place for a carpet to wipe your feet on before you entered the building. This iconic heritage building is called the Rex Trueform building and is located in Saltriver, Cape Town, South Africa. The mosaic floor has been sanded down by generations of feet walking in and out of the building and if you wiped your hands over the floor you would not feel the difference between one tile or the next. The mosaic floor consists of small hand cut glass tiles all cemented closely together to form the beautiful coat of arms of the Rex Trueform company. See this detail:

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I bet if this mosaic could talk it would have some riveting stories to tell us about Cape Town in the day. My task was to match the color and texture of the new piece perfectly to this older mosaic. I did this in my factory. I replicated the mosaic and worked on matching the colors perfectly.

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Once the mosaic was ready for installation, I had to prepare the cement surface for the mosaic to be installed onto.

I also had to cut and shape some of the older surrounding tiles by hand using a grinder and a Dremmel tool.

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The tiles were all individually hand cut with not one tile the same shape or size. Yet, the craftsmanship and detail in laying was exquisite. I had chipped and cut all of my tiles to match as closely as possible the style of the craftsman and woman who installed this floor.

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I also had to take into account color variations and inconsistencies with the 80-year-old tiles and spent a lot of enjoyable time treasure hunting thought tile shops, looking for the perfect tiles and colors.

Once the new tiles were installed, I grouted the mosaic a dark grey to match the original mosaic floor as closely as possible. I had to stain the new tiles slightly to match the naturally stained color of older mosaic. The new mosaic matched up seamlessly to the old mosaic and we were very happy with the end result. What do you think?

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Mosaic glass tiles close up

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This is a close up of the mosaic glass tiles I am currently working with. All the colors have been specifically chosen to match an existing 80 year old floor mosaic that I am renovating. The existing older glass tiles of the floor are all hand cut squares and none are the same color or have straight edges as you can see below. I have cut the edges of my tiles to more closely match the imperfect existing tiles.

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Modern mosaic bathroom wall

Mosaic tiles in bathrooms are becoming more and more popular. The small glass tiles add a modern look and feel to your bathroom interior. They can be used to create a elegant & bespoke backsplash or be used to cover the interior bathroom wall. Instead of doing a potentially costly renovation, consider just retiling certain sections of the bathroom walls & floor.

The glass tiles come in a range of stunning colors and designs. We work closely with home owners, architects, interior designers and builders. Contact ruarkmosaicart for a free consultation on your next project.

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Image credit: Sicis. Check out their Instagram account: @sicis.indonisia

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Mosaic floor uncovered after half a century

My next project – Maintenance of this beautiful mosaic floor, discovered under a carpet after lying hidden for more than half a century.
The mosaic coat of arms was uncovered in the Rex Trueform building in Victoria road, Salt River, Cape Town.

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The mosaic is in the shape of a large 10 meter diameter circle and damage was done to a small portion of the mural and this part will be restored by Ruarkmosaicart in the coming weeks. The origional glass tiles will be matched and replaced with similar looking glass tiles.

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Sauna mosaic ceramic tiles

I am busy preparing the ceramic tiles for the background of a Sauna mosaic commission. The mosaic will consist of a large Lotus flower in crystal glass with the ceramic tiles forming the background. This mosaic will be installed on a 5 square meter wall and cement bench inside a large residential sauna in Constantia, Cape Town. The client specified charcoal ceramic tiles for their color and texture.

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