When someone shows up with broken remains of a precious family heirloom, it’s always the same tearful look.
Peggy broke a very unique clay candle holder that her mother (who had since passed) had given her as a gift.
Seems that a chandelier had fallen on it. Maybe she should have called Angie’s List ;)
Here’s what we came up with …
Using the very cool wrought iron, double shelf table that Peggy brought, we cut a piece of concrete backer board for the bottom shelf. That way you can see the finished piece through the glass top and keep it safe from any further damage.
We arranged all of the clay children (as they were on the original piece) in the center and glued the rest of the broken pieces around them. Added a gold veined glass tile for the border and let it dry overnight.
Used a charcoal grout to finish it off, after the mastic dried.
Dragged this 10 panel vintage (yet very sturdy) window back from Orange, California. It measures 5′ x 2′ … sturdy being the operative word … especially when you’re creating a large glass on glass mosaic for yourself.
*Cleaned it once, twice and a third time. Newspaper and Windex make quick work on vintage window glass.
I shouldn’t have to tell you but I will … when working with glass on glass mosaics … work in a really well ventilated area, wear shoes, safety glasses, have a First Aid Kit nearby and it’s not the project to do with the kids.
This window was from an old brick & mortar in Orange, Ca.
First pass … the pieces magically fit into exactly the right spot … sans adhesive.
Wish I would have had the courage to glue it down, while I was laying it out. Seriously … was my first thought … “glue it down now.” and I didn’t listen. Chicken!
With that said …
Final image once I get this behemoth glued down.
Until then … remember all of those things that you said you we’re gonna do?
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this “green thing” back in the early days.
The clerk responded, “That’s why we have problems today”. “Your generation didn’t care enough to save our environment for the future generations.”
She was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing’ back then.
We returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so you could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building.
We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right, we didn’t have the “green thing.”
We washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind.
The wind dried our clothes.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes.
But that young lady is right. We didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
We had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. The TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana .
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap
We didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
We exercised by working hard so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right, we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen.
We replaced the razor blades, in a razor, instead of throwing away the whole razor, just because the blade got dull.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
People took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?
Please forward this onto another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from the younger generation.
Remember: Don’t make old people mad!
We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to tick us off.
My friend Val, a cherished tile gypsy, was sharing her recent gluing frenzy with bowling balls. It immediately brought back fond memories of battling a 15 pound bowling ball while trying to glue things to it.
Truth be told … the hardest part of mosaic tiling a bowling ball is … finding the bowling ball.
Now that she’s got me going … anyone have an old bowling ball that they want to get rid of ? :)
Mosaic tiled bowling balls or … mosaic tiled gazing balls … are pretty easy to create by preparing the surface properly and using the right adhesive.
What are you going to do with all of those terracotta pots that you have laying around?
It only takes a few hours to create a single mosaic tile flower pot or … go nuts and mosaic tile a bunch of clay pots to create a mosaic tile totem pole for the garden.
Terracotta and clay objects offer a wide variety of shapes and sizes to create amazing mosaics!
PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING!
Before gluing, clean the pots out with soap and water. Let them dry.
Seal the inside and outside of the pot with a water-based polyurethane … or a couple of coats of Weldbond adhesive. Let it dry between coats and make sure the piece is completely dry before tiling. If you don’t seal it it will eventually start falling apart.
Use the proper adhesive — waterproof/weatherproof mastic or silicone.
Grout with a sanded grout that is mix with a grout additive (instead of water) for flexibility.
Seal the grout with grout sealer, once it’s dry.
Reseal the outside of the piece with grout sealer, once a year, especially if the piece is exposed to the elements or water.
So how does this whole custom grout color thing work?
All I can say is this … be sure to make more than enough so that you don’t have to go back and try to replicate the color.
I’ve tried using various paints … acrylic and the like … to create a custom grout color but I wasn’t happy with the shiny bubble gum look after the grout dried so I turned to grout pigment and it works great. You can find a few sellers on Etsy that carry it.
Bright Blue Grout
Brown Grout Pigment
Grassy Green Grout Pigment
Plum Grout Pigment
Red Rose Grout Pigment
Sandstone Grout Pigment
Terr Cotta Grout Pigment
Yellow Grout Pigment
Grout pigments are highly concentrated and small amounts should be added incrementally until the desired color intensity is reached.
Important note! Make sure to mix all of the custom grout color needed to complete a project to ensure color matching. Sanded grout is suggested for gaps larger than 1/8 of an inch.
Grout Pigment Directions:
Use one teaspoon of dry colorant for every 8 ounces of grout. Sanded grout is preferred in most of my projects.
Dissolve pigment in water (or grout additive) before mixing with dry grout.
Iridescent Stained Glass Tiles are authentic stained glass with a lustrous rainbow-like play of color that changes as the angle of view changes.
Use whole or cut with a Wheeled Tile Nipper. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of each piece and it will stick to any clean (dry) surface. Each piece is approx. – .75 in x .75 in x .125 inches
3/4″ Glass squares are hand-cut … which means the stained glass tile pieces are random in nature and are not perfectly squared. (with the exception of the white iridescent tile which has a clean beveled edge)
Rule of thumb … it takes 218 uncut – 3/4″ inch glass mosaic tiles to cover 1 square foot. That’s factoring in a grout line that is approximately 1/16″ inch. If you cut the tile, or add bits and pieces to your project, you won’t need as much tile as you think.
1/2 lb. bag of 3/4″ tiles holds approximately 72 tiles.
1 lb. bag of 3/4″ tiles holds approximately 145 tiles.
“Found Object” usually refers to a small object found by chance which, though usually of little monetary value, captures the imagination of the finder and is therefore kept as a keepsake. Perhaps it is a penny or an unusual stone or even a pretty piece of metal. Often found just “on the ground,” it is kept as a curiosity or even a good luck charm. Found Objects are often associated with a special memory or an important time in a person’s life. The connotations of mystery about where it came from, the feeling that it is a lucky or providential occurrence, and the sense that it is simply a “free gift from the world” or “from nowhere” can add to the sense of wonder or magic surrounding a found object. A “found object” may stand alone or may form the basis for a collection.
If that’s what you call little objects everywhere…it can become a sickness, if you’re not careful.
In the Pique Assiette style of mosaic tile, we create with found objects all the time. It’s funny how a little figurine, vintage piece of china or a unique bottle cap can inspire an incredible piece of Found Object Art.
Creative inspiration is a fleeting experience. That must be why I’m always flipping through the pages of my favorite found object art books.
Found Object Art by Dorothy Spencer is eye candy for the creative soul. Check it out!
Garbage Pickers Unite
Recycling of found objects is taken to the level of art form is this creative book-an homage to the wondrous world of artists who create extraordinary objects from what were once very ordinary things. Inside are hundreds of examples showing trash transformed into fascinating sculpture, collages, furniture, jewelry, and clothing — some items functional, some not.
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#1 Wheeled Glass Nippers have a set of disc shaped wheels on spring-loaded handles. They should be used to cut glass, mirror, glass tiles, and the like in a manner similar to tile nippers. Replacement wheels are sold separately.
#2Mosaic Tile Cutter are designed for cutting ceramic tiles, crockery and china. Better tile nippers have tungsten-carbide cutting edges and spring-loaded handles.
… glue a six inch piece of scrap plywood, 4 glass clear hearts, 2 red glass hearts, a vintage china saucer, 17 flat white gems, 10 red & green square glass gems, 10 pennies, a few printed words, a Santa head (that was ripped off its body), a little grout and a wire hanger?