Art mosaic is an interesting paid hobby.
Author: Babin Mikhail
It all started with the fact that I was engaged in stained glass, but it's still quite painstaking and not very fast. And I, in my nature, like work more, where the result is seen much faster. And in the stained-glass windows, after all, each glass must be cut, sharpened and adjusted to the general pattern.
Then I came up with the idea to try to lay out the mosaic panels from the remaining small fragments. Liked. And the process, and the result. I made inquiries. Mosaic, of course, is cheaper than stained glass, but also done much faster. In general, it turns out more profitable. Yes, and the demand for the production of mosaics in general is more than on the stained glass. This is how my switching to mosaic happened.
Since I do not like large-scale work, and the main job is different, and first the stained-glass windows, and now the mosaic has become my home business (and a part-time and interesting paid hobby), I decided to focus only on the "small-scale" mosaic - the manufacture of mosaic panels and tables.
Now a little "arithmetic":
The square meter of the Chinese mosaic glass tile (smalt) costs approximately from 600 to 1200 rubles per 1 sq.m. (the average price is 800 rubles due to the prevalence of cheaper tile coloring in the collection).
The area of the average coffee table is about 0.5 sq.m. the cost of the material on the table is 400 rubles. The top of the laminated solid wood (pine) - about 200 - 300 rubles (depending on the quality). Set of legs - 500 - 800 rubles.
Total: 1100 - 1500 rubles - the cost of the material. Plus - three eight-hour days of your work. The commercial value of the mosaic table is not particularly fine work, which does not have artistic and historical value ranges from about 6,000 to 15,000 thousand rubles. You can calculate the profit yourself, taking into account your time and perseverance.
The area of the mosaic panel is approximately 1 - 2 sq.m. The cost of smalt for him, respectively - 800 - 1600 rubles. The time already takes about 5 working days. The cost of the base (glass) is about 150-300 rubles. The cost of baguette is 1000 - 2000 rubles. Total: the cost of materials for the panel area of 1 sq.m. - 1900 - 2100 rubles + 5 working days. The commercial value of not "historically valuable" panels - approximately 7000 - 25000 rubles. Again, it is easy to calculate the profit by making corrections for the amount of free time and diligence.
But I did not stop there.
Inventive nature prompted a good idea: to make a good analog of glass smalt at home with the right characteristics and the right colors and shades (and the number of them here is limited only to your imagination!).
The new material is produced in a "cold" way, without attracting high temperatures. I called this material "lithosmalta". Furthermore! As pieces of the new "lithosmalta" I can make any size and shape that I need, I figured out a way to avoid tiling the mosaic "by piece", tile after tile. Now you can "lay out entire sections of the mosaic in one go!"
And also: the small size of the tiles of lithosmalts allowed to create high-resolution mosaic drawings without any effort (cutting and splitting standard-size smiles of tiles), and, accordingly, looking as if they were laid out for a whole year! Meanwhile, how to lay out with a lithosmalta mosaic panel of 2 square meters. you can for 1 - 1.5 days!