Pebble Mosaics: 25 Original Step-by-Step Projects for the Home and Garden

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You can take pebbles and other natural found objects and turn them into beautiful useful and decorative objects for the home and garden. Using easy methods and everyday materials, author Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell demonstrates in full color, step-by-step photographs how to...
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Overview

You can take pebbles and other natural found objects and turn them into beautiful useful and decorative objects for the home and garden. Using easy methods and everyday materials, author Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell demonstrates in full color, step-by-step photographs how to create such beautiful items as a simple teapot stand to a rustic mosaic hearth. Other projects include:
- clay planter with broken china and pebble mosaic
- marble display tray
- garden edging
- candle holders for hurricane lanterns
- orchid saucer
- house number plaque
- sundial
- decorative plinth
- garden path slabs
- garden seat
- basket

Each chapter covers a different way of using mosaics in the home and garden. Projects range from decorative window planters studded with tiny violet cowry shells and amber sea stones, to a herringbone mosaic path laid with brick-red, turquoise and gray pebbles. A garden birdbath inlaid with country stones and the blue-and-white vintage jugs allow lots of room for personalizing designs. A complete material list accompanies each project, along with detailed step-by-step instructions and photographs.

Author Biography: Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell is an award-winning artist exhibiting widely. She has appeared on radio and television and is a frequent contributor to magazines. She has also worked in art education as a teacher, art advisor and artist-in-residence. Deborah is author of a number of craft books, including The Outdoor Garden Room, Decorating with Mosaics and Traditional Christmas Crafts.

Gloria Nicol is a London photographer.

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Editorial Reviews

Home Digest
A welcome addition to your collection of how-to books ... fascinating...
Brandy Hilboldt
Pebble Mosaics has precise instructions,and step-by-step photos leave nothing unanswered. . .
&$151;Florida-Times Union
Library Journal
Mosaics are enjoying a surge of popularity among artists and landscapers, and both of these books provide ideas for outdoor projects. Outdoor Mosaic offers a selection of photos and descriptive explanations of projects in different settings done by the authors' London-based studio, Mosaic Workshop. These are mostly large, complex, professionally designed and executed works. No projects are included, but there is a chapter of technical information. Pebble Mosaics provides step-by-step projects for paths, planters, and decorative objects made from natural pebbles, shells, and shards. Many involve mortaring the mosaic to an already existing feature such as a birdbath. Outdoor Mosaic will inspire home crafters and professionals alike, while Pebble Mosaics will appeal more to beginners. Both of these books would be good additions to garden collections needing more material on mosaics. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Chicago Tribune - Pamela Sherrod
Colorful how-to book ... You'll be as enamored of the photos as you'll be inspired to try your hand at making something pretty and lasting.
Booklist - Alice Joyce
Goes beyond predictable approaches to interior and exterior decoration.
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal - Linda Turk
Crammed with ideas for adding a durable beauty to your garden, yard or patio.
Home Digest
A welcome addition to your collection of how-to books ... fascinating.
Florida-Times Union - Brandy Hilboldt
Pebble Mosaics has precise instructions, and step-by-step photos leave nothing unanswered.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552975732
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/2/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell is an award-winning artist exhibiting widely. She has appeared on radio and television and is a frequent contributor to magazines. She has also worked in art education as a teacher, art advisor and artist-in-residence. Deborah is author of a number of craft books, including The Outdoor Garden Room, Decorating with Mosaics and Traditional Christmas Crafts.

Gloria Nicol is a London photographer.

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Introduction

The art of pebble mosaics has a long history and some of its ancient methods and traditions are still used today. For example, contemporary pavements and terraces in Greece echo and imitate those of the ancient world; in fact the same kinds of smooth, uncut colored pebbles can still be found and make a remarkably enduring surface when arranged as a mosaic floor. Certain kinds of vernacular architecture are characterized by the type of stone or pebble used -- the nearer the sea, the more likely you are to find sea-washed cobbles, while further inland local stones dug out of the earth, such as flints, may be used for their decorative qualities.

This book will give you many inspirational ideas, from the simplest projects such as the border edging on page 32 or lattice planter on page 96 to more complicated larger projects using a combination of textures and materials. These require patience and a little more skill but the results can be spectacular, such as the tree collar on page 18 where pebbles are set into a circular cement base to make a permanent ring around a tree, or the pebble and stone path on page 36 which could transform your garden.

You can collect stones, pebbles or shells from the countryside, but don't take too many and be aware of the environmental effect. With the growing interest in garden design it is now possible to buy inexpensive bags of pebbles in many colors, sizes, textures and forms. Contrast these properties to enhance your design -- rough against smooth, dark against light, large against small. Shells also work beautifully with pebbles, as do broken china and flowerpots. Few tools are required and there are no specialized techniques. Simply follow the cement mix recipes exactly for the best results. For all outdoor projects, make sure you use specialist exterior waterproof and frostproof cement or grout. This is generally of professional standard and the type used for tiling swimming pool interiors.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Gallery

Paths, Plaques and Panels

  • Mosaic tree collar
  • Paving slabs
  • Stepping stones
  • Border edging
  • Pebble and stone garden path
  • Evening table
  • Garden bench
  • Boat panel
  • Sundial
  • Bee plaque
  • Pebble slab with house motif
  • Number plaque

Planters and Decorative Features

  • Terra cotta plinth
  • Birdbath
  • Bubbling fountain
  • Shell windowbox
  • Striped planter
  • Lattice planter
  • Cube planter
  • Pebble basket
  • Nature tray
  • Table trivet
  • Mirror frame
  • Hurricane lanterns
  • Orchid saucer


  • Acknowledgments
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Preface

Introduction

The art of pebble mosaics has a long history and some of its ancient methods and traditions are still used today. For example, contemporary pavements and terraces in Greece echo and imitate those of the ancient world; in fact the same kinds of smooth, uncut colored pebbles can still be found and make a remarkably enduring surface when arranged as a mosaic floor. Certain kinds of vernacular architecture are characterized by the type of stone or pebble used — the nearer the sea, the more likely you are to find sea-washed cobbles, while further inland local stones dug out of the earth, such as flints, may be used for their decorative qualities.

This book will give you many inspirational ideas, from the simplest projects such as the border edging on page 32 or lattice planter on page 96 to more complicated larger projects using a combination of textures and materials. These require patience and a little more skill but the results can be spectacular, such as the tree collar on page 18 where pebbles are set into a circular cement base to make a permanent ring around a tree, or the pebble and stone path on page 36 which could transform your garden.

You can collect stones, pebbles or shells from the countryside, but don't take too many and be aware of the environmental effect. With the growing interest in garden design it is now possible to buy inexpensive bags of pebbles in many colors, sizes, textures and forms. Contrast these properties to enhance your design — rough against smooth, dark against light, large against small. Shells also work beautifully with pebbles, as do broken china and flowerpots. Few tools are required and there are no specialized techniques. Simply follow the cement mix recipes exactly for the best results. For all outdoor projects, make sure you use specialist exterior waterproof and frostproof cement or grout. This is generally of professional standard and the type used for tiling swimming pool interiors.

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Introduction

Introduction

The art of pebble mosaics has a long history and some of its ancient methods and traditions are still used today. For example, contemporary pavements and terraces in Greece echo and imitate those of the ancient world; in fact the same kinds of smooth, uncut colored pebbles can still be found and make a remarkably enduring surface when arranged as a mosaic floor. Certain kinds of vernacular architecture are characterized by the type of stone or pebble used -- the nearer the sea, the more likely you are to find sea-washed cobbles, while further inland local stones dug out of the earth, such as flints, may be used for their decorative qualities.

This book will give you many inspirational ideas, from the simplest projects such as the border edging on page 32 or lattice planter on page 96 to more complicated larger projects using a combination of textures and materials. These require patience and a little more skill but the results can be spectacular, such as the tree collar on page 18 where pebbles are set into a circular cement base to make a permanent ring around a tree, or the pebble and stone path on page 36 which could transform your garden.

You can collect stones, pebbles or shells from the countryside, but don't take too many and be aware of the environmental effect. With the growing interest in garden design it is now possible to buy inexpensive bags of pebbles in many colors, sizes, textures and forms. Contrast these properties to enhance your design -- rough against smooth, dark against light, large against small. Shells also work beautifully with pebbles, as do broken china and flowerpots. Few tools are required and there are no specializedtechniques. Simply follow the cement mix recipes exactly for the best results. For all outdoor projects, make sure you use specialist exterior waterproof and frostproof cement or grout. This is generally of professional standard and the type used for tiling swimming pool interiors.

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