I work with tiny Moroccan ceramic tiles that I actually import directly from Morocco…with some difficulty I might add. I have sourced small tiles from other manufacturers without success. The tiles I use have great depth and variation in color. They are not perfect and that suits me. Though detailed, my aesthetic is not polished. I prefer an organic, somewhat rustic look, so these tiles fit the bill perfectly. I often have to further manipulate the already small tiles in order to create my mosaics.
How does one cut millefiori into precision shapes? Glad you asked. I use wheeled nippers when I want to cut millefiori, smalti, mosaic gold, and even my tiny ceramic tiles. I prefer a brand called Leponitt. I’ve heard mosaic artists refer to them as the best wheeled nippers in the market. They are durable and comfortable to use.