Sculpting the Forms

There are a few particularities to crafting a base for mosaic: usually you create a metal armature (where reinforcement is necessary), then craft foam around that, then cover everything with a coating of resin and fiberglass wool – the same technique used for building a boat’s hull, which creates a strong, but lightweight surface. A coat of very small gravel is then applied to the final layer of resin, providing a rough surface for the cement to adhere to when laying the actual mosaic.

The foam blocks were delivered to my studio this week, and I got to work sculpting with two serrated knives and a planer. My studio is covered with foam, as am I, as is my car and my home and everywhere I’ve been lately…. but it’s coming along nicely!