In this Mosaic Arts Online tutorial you will learn to make your own shaped substrates using Wedi Board. Wedi Board is a wonderful material. It is high density polystyrene with a cementitious mesh layer on each side. It is waterproof so it is excellent as an exterior grade substrate. In this video we will be working with the 1/2" width. This width is easy to cut. You will learn four methods to shape the Wedi Board, using a typical carpenter's knife and the electric hand jig saw. In this tutorial you will be walked through all the steps from starting with cutting your first square shape, then how to transfer a design and cut a curved shape. Next there will be a section on transferring a design on to another piece of Wedi board and how to use an electric had jig saw to cut it. In the fourth section you will learn how to create a 3D shape out of Wedi board. Lastly in this tutorial there will also be a lesson on how to install the proper hanging hardware. Included in this online course is a printable PDF with a full resource list of all the tools and materials necessary to complete this project. You also have the option to buy the kit that goes with this tutorial through Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art. The kit includes 5 pieces of Wedi board to use just as taught in the tutorial. The pieces are a 12"x6" board to learn your straight cut, a 13"x6" to do your curved shape, an 18"x18" board to cut with the electric hand jig saw and a 14"x6" board and a 6"x6" board to create the 3D shape. It also includes a roll of alkaline resistant 2" fiberglass mesh tape and a 16oz tub of thin set. Click here to purchase this kit.
I have been a mosaic artist for 20 years. I love to share my passion for teaching and creating mosaic art and substrates they are created on. In these tutorials you will learn many new and fun techniques to take to your mosaic practice.
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