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All our design work and fabrication are done completely by the two of us in our studio and workshop. For our mosaics we use tile saws and bandsaws with diamond blades to cut each piece individually from stone, slates, and tiles. We don't use water jet systems or laser cutting, it's all hand done. All the different shades of color in the natural stones and slates give character to the piece making each one unique. Most of the brown colored stones and light colored quartzite we use are native Montana stones. Our mosaics are done in a 'pietra dura' style, which means it's a type of 'hard stone or hard rocks inlay'.
Use your imagination, or ours, or a combination to create a personalized one-of-a-kind unique addition to your home or business. We always encourage custom orders.
The photos in our mosaics galleries contain artwork that were mostly custom orders. Each were used as an architectural art piece in a variety of ways, such as flooring designs, inlays for table tops, indoor as well as outdoor wall decorations, shower stalls, hearth accents, fireplace fronts, stove pads for under gas or wood stoves, on back-splashes, on signs and a host of other applications. Where ever you can place tile or stone is a possible location to highlight with our mosaics.
A base is prepared with special backer board making sure it's recessed the right depth to allow for the thickness of the stone.
We hand cut the stone mosaic pieces individually on tile saws and bandsaws, lay them out on the pattern we've made, making sure everything fits.
In the recessed table top, we then adhere the mosaic pieces in place with a special 'thinset' leveling and spacing properly as we go.
After the inlaid pieces have thoroughly dried, we grout the joints as you would tile flooring. The final step is a protective sealer on the stone mosaic.