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Is Terrazzo a design style or a material?

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Asked by Nancy Roddy | Question date:  Aug 10, 2022 | Member since:  Aug 10, 2022

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Hi, I really like the look of the Terrazzo tiles, they look very smart and clean and sophisticated. Hopefully a future classic as they are not crazy to be a fad. But in the right setting I think they could look great, so I started to do some research.

So then I saw on the internet that you can actually buy a Terrazzo kit with molds in it for making coasters, soap dishes etc.

Also I have seen Terrazzo described as a pourable clay. But then I have also seen tiles and even a bath described as Terrazzo style. And then I have seen it described as a resin. So I am totally confused as to what exactly is Terrazzo? It actually looks like a cut stone, even if the stone is manufactured and then cut.

Is Terrazzo a design style? Or is it a material?

If it is a pourable clay, this would be great for crafting and my mind is already spinning on things I can make. I remember making plaster of Paris animals in little molds when I was a kid and it was so fun. So if the Terrazzo material is similar to that, that would be fun to get into.

If it is a material, does anyone know what it's properties are? Obviously if it is a resin, this will be very different from if it is like plaster of Paris. Resin won't be heat resistant and plaster of Paris will be brittle, but then they probably wouldn't make tiles out of it.

So does anyone have any experience of the Terrazzo kits? Also I was wondering how you get the contrasty flecks in the material to be close to the edge of he mold, like they are all sliced. Terrazzo tiles look like they are cut from stone, so the contrasting aggregate pieces are cut in half and so you get that cool effect. If you mixed a resin or a pourable clay and put it in a mold, the pieces wouldn't line up exactly against the edge of the mold. So would just look white when removed from the mold.

Hope that makes sense. Any Terrazzo experts out there?
Material Terrazzo Clay Resin Design
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Asked by Nancy Roddy
Question date:  Aug 10, 2022
Member since:  Aug 10, 2022