Art Mosaic - interesting paid hobby.
Author: Michael Babin
It all started with the fact that I worked with stained glass, but it is still quite laborious and not very fast. And I, for my character more like the work, where the outcome can be seen much faster. And because each piece of glass stained glass is necessary to cut, grind and adjust to the total figure.
Then I had the idea to try out the remaining small fragments to lay the mosaic. Liked. And the process and the result. Made inquiries. Mosaic, of course, is cheaper than the stained glass, but is much faster. In general, it turns profitable. And the demand for the production of mosaic as a whole more than the stained glass. So there was my switch to the mosaic.
Since the large-scale work, I do not like, and the main work I have another, but first stained glass windows, and now and mosaic became my name a home business (and in combination and interesting paid hobby), I decided to focus only on "a small-sized" mosaic - manufacture of mosaic panels and tables.
Now a bit of "arithmetic":
Square meter Chinese mosaic glass tiles (tesserae) is from about 600 to 1200 rubles per 1 sq.m. (The average price - 800 rubles due to the prevalence of cheaper tile colors in the collection.).
Medium coffee table area of approximately 0.5 square meters, ie the cost of the material on the table - 400 rubles. Table top made of glued solid wood (pine) - about 200 - 300 rubles (depending on the quality). Set of feet - 500 - 800 rubles.
Total: 1100 - 1500 rubles - the cost of the material. Plus - three eight-hour days of your work. The commercial value of a mosaic table, not particularly fine workmanship that has no art-historical value ranges from about 6,000 to 15,000 rubles. Profit can count themselves based on your existing time and perseverance.
Square mosaic panel about 1 - 2 sq.m. The cost of glazes for him, respectively - 800 - 1600 rubles. Time has gone about 5 working days. The cost base (glass) - about 150 - 300 rubles. The cost of a baguette - 1000 - 2000 rubles. Total: cost of materials for a panel area of 1 sq.m. - 1900 - 2100 rubles + 5 working days. The commercial value is not "historically valuable" panels - approximately 7,000 - 25,000 rubles. Profit again is easy to calculate by making amendments to the amount of free time and hard work.
But this I did not stop there.
Inventive nature prompted a good idea: to make a good analogue of glass tesserae home with the right features and the right colors and shades (a number of them here is limited only by your imagination!).
The new material is made "cold" manner without involving high temperatures. This material I have called "litosmaltoy". Furthermore! As the pieces of the new "litosmalty" I can produce any desired size for me and shape, I came up with a way to avoid "a piece of" putting some mosaic tiles for floors. Now you can "one-pass" immediately upload entire sections of mosaic!
And another: small size tiles litosmalty allowed without extra effort (cutting and splitting tiles standard size tesserae) to create mosaic patterns of high resolution, and therefore, looking as if, they laid out the whole year! Meanwhile, as put by a litosmalty mosaic area of 2 sq.m. It is a 1 - 1.5 days!