How we made smalt panels and micromosaics for the Atom pavilion. VDNH.
In the autumn of 2023, a customer came to our workshop with an interesting idea to create a mosaic panel of smalt in a given style according to an approved sketch. In addition to the main panel, it was necessary to create a mosaic with a micromodule for a diorama.
Sketch for a large panel. The author of the sketch is Kirill Tarasov.
We have selected and agreed on a sample of the assembly technique of the main panel. It was decided to assemble the mosaic from an average module of 15x17 mm in a style close to the Soviet mosaic. The micromosaic was assembled from a 5x5 mm module with a reverse set on a special adhesive film.
We have compiled a palette of colors of our smalt suitable for the artist's sketch. The palette was approved, smalt was made and we started working on the panel.
Head of the ArtWorker Mosaic workshop
How did the build process happen?
First of all, we ordered the material for making the panels. We needed smalt of certain colors in a certain amount.
We made smalt in our production using our palette, which significantly accelerated the process of obtaining the right material for work.
We prepared the base (OSB), having previously sawed it into 4 parts (this was necessary in order to make it easier to transport the finished mosaic later.
Then a sketch was pasted on the prepared base, a grid on top and then the mosaic itself.
The panels were assembled with a direct set on Kerabond T cement glue using disk mosaic cutters. In total, we used about 200 kg of smalt of various colors and shades, a bag of cement glue and a latex additive to give strength and elasticity to the composition.
The size of the finished panel was 200x400 cm .
A fragment of the panel in the process of assembly
The medium-sized module was ideally suited for approved equipment
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About creation and installation
The area of the mosaic panel
Smalts are used in mosaic panels
The production period of the mosaic panel
And the shades of smalt were selected for the panel
The most difficult process was the installation of the mosaic on the object. The final installation was carried out directly in the Atom pavilion at VDNH. Before installation, the panel was disassembled and packed for transportation, then delivered to the facility and mounted on the prepared surface.
It was decided to do micromosaic in the process of coordinating works for a large panel. At the exhibition, in addition to all other interesting exhibits, dioramas were exhibited and they wanted to make a mosaic on the facade of one of them, only in the format of a printed image. After some negotiations, it was decided to make a real mosaic in a very small module instead of a printed image.
Approved sketch for micromosaics.
We already had a certain amount of finely chopped smalt prepared for the last project, the rest we pricked manually with special disk cutters.
Head of the ArtWorker Mosaic workshop
How did the build process go?
The task was not easy - we needed to assemble the mosaic clearly along the contour of the templates that were provided to us by the layout masters.
Then the finished mosaic had to be mounted in grooves cut on the facade of the diagram specifically according to the contours of the templates.
Since we did not have a wall layout on which it was necessary to mount the finished mosaic, we assembled the image based on the provided template.
The mosaic was assembled by a reverse set on an adhesive film, face down, and then carefully mounted on a thin grid using Titanium mounting glue.
We chose the silicone-based mounting adhesive because it allowed the mosaic fragments to remain plastic after pre-installation and facilitated the process of final installation on the layout.
The final installation took place in the workshop, where the layouts themselves were made, with mounting silicone glue.
Micromosaic in the assembly process
The mosaic was assembled by a reverse set on an adhesive film.
Prepared diagram layout for installation
The installation of the mosaic turned out to be very difficult, because when we brought the finished fragments to the workshop, it turned out that not all of them fit into the cut-out grooves. We had to disassemble some of the elements in order to place them on the base and perform the final installation.
Now the finished panel and micromosaic is in the Atom pavilion, the exhibition in which will open on November 4, 2023. Come and see the finished result!
We assemble mosaic panels in any technique from scratch
We assemble a mosaic of glass tiles, natural stone, smalt and ceramics inside and outside the room. We work with large objects and private orders. We will calculate the cost and consult on all issues.