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Before you start breakin’ stuff and gluing everything down, it can be helpful to make a plan. This tabletop is a simple pattern, with the color used sparingly in the design. There’s not much structure — just a bright border with a few chips of color mixed in with the black and white china. This makes the mosaic a somewhat spontaneous creation. If you have greater ambitions for the mosaic, it’s crucial to draw out your design in advance. Use colored pencils to map out placement in full color. This step will allow you to work faster, and with very satisfying results.

CAUTION: Breaking glass and ceramics is dangerous. I’m talking flying shrapnel here. Wear the goggles. Use the gloves. Cover everything with a towel. Don’t get hurt!