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June 21st 2014 Newsletter

Roman Mosaic Pattern Database
The Roman mosaic pattern database is now up! This is something I'll be working on and adding to the the next couple of years. It's just £3.00 (GBP) per month and you can subscribe for as long as you want, there's no set time. The database will be added to at least once a week with either new patterns of videos of those already up. 
Basically I'll be taking patterns seen in Roman mosaics, working out the geometry then making a mosaic from the patterns. The results will be on the database and each pattern will in in the following format (in the order they will be done);
1. Description and image 
2. PDF to download showing how it's done as a step by step drawing plus written instructions.
3. Video of drawing the pattern out.
In tandem there will also be another subscription level which will have videos of setting out the patterns using only a staff.
At a conservative estimate there are over 1600 patterns with variations so I will be adding for a few years yet.
Click here to see the front page

What's going on
 I had a great time at Waddesdon running the workshop there on the 12th, unfortunately I was off sick for the 19th (my apologies to anyone who was due to go on that one) so that is provisionally rescheduled for 24th July.  I used the Byzantic material there and it worked fine so I will be having a stock of that too. It will be cheaper than the marble and you only need about 7 kgs per square metre. The one thing is, they say you can cut it with scissors but personally nippers are better, a lot better! Another option, and what I did was to get pairs of pliers form the pound store, they cut better than scissors and you don't need to go to the expense of getting tile nippers. 

Colchester Castle visit
The  trip to the newly opened museum with Stephen Fitts was very interesting and I'll make sure I write that up in the next newsletter and include some of the photos we took.

The Full Day Course in Roman Mosaics
Carrying on with the filming, as I film for the database I'm doing sections of the course too. 
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