Above, some samples of the standard colours I like to have for Roman mosaic work. Black, (off)white, red, green, yellow.
  1. I don’t know the name of this stone, it is a very light brown, the black flecks in this do give it a darker shade. Can be used as a light brown
  2. Centre. Another very light brown this time with white striations (stripe or stripes of contrasting colour). As suitable as 2 above as a light brown but i would use one or the other and not both in the same mosaic.
  3. White with green striations, can be used as a very pale green but it would depend on how much of the stone has the green in otherwise you could be doing a lot of cutting for only a small amount of tesserae
  4. Far right. Pale green, as a contrast it works fine against another green but it is too light a shade to be used on it’s own as green.
  1. A fairly clean cut so this is about the best one in terms of cutting.
  2. Does tend to follow fault lines in the stone. About the easiest one to cut just watch out for where the lines are.
  3. Crystalline stone, you need to make quite a fast cut with this to ensure you get straight lines.
  4. Another crystalline stone but easier to get a straight line than with number 4.



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Lawrence Payne

Lawrence Payne

I help people create authentic copies of Roman mosaics even if they do not have any background in art or crafts.