Category Archives: art

and soul.

First You Don’t Succeed

bird mirror
Layed it out three times. Put it away three times.

If things don’t seem to fit together the first time … try again … and again … and then again.

Many of the porcelain flowers that I’ve collected over the years are embedded in this piece, along a cherished porcelain bird collection that was gifted to me by my dear friend, Tilly.

While moving into a new home, Tilly accidentally dropped the box of her mother’s glass bird collection.  I feel honored that she thought of me when deciding what to do with their remains:)

Should take me forever to grout this … sure hope the courage to finish the piece is fast in coming.

Thinking charcoal.

Woo hoo for me!

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Thrift Store Junkie Haiku


junk stores
Still waiting in the cue.


Someone’s handiwork
Needed to come home with me
Talk doesn’t cook rice.

– Mara Lee –

The Art of Gluing

The Best Glue for the Job

Top 3 Adhesives

After trying every adhesive on the market these have to be my favorites.

E-60001. E-6000 my clear adhesive of choice, when working with glass on glass.

This is a toxic adhesive that is not recommended when working with children.

E-6000 is a great adhesive for glass on glass projects and so many more applications but … it’s very TOXIC and STINKY but it will permanently bond: wood; metal; glass; fiberglass; ceramic; leather; rubber; vinyl; and most plastics. Always work in a well ventilated area when using E-6000 and let it cure for a few minutes before gluing surfaces together.


Apply E-6000 directly to each surface to be bonded.

Note: E-6000 hardens by solvent evaporation and forms an immediate bond that is difficult to reposition after both adhesive coated surfaces are placed in contact with each other and sufficient pressure is exerted to establish full contact.

SPECIAL TIPS: To extend life of product, be sure cap is secured back to original position. Use a toothpick as a disposable applicator for very small applications such as beading. Remove, recap and allow plastic nozzle to dry. Remove dried product from nozzle by pulling out through threaded end and reuse nozzle.

SAFETY FIRST: You can never predict what glass will do when you are working with it. When gluing glass on glass with E6000 when it’s stuck … it’s really stuck. NEVER and I mean NEVER try to remove glass from glass, once it has set up with one of these glue. Always wear safety glasses!

2. Weldbond Adhesive – The Kid Friendly Glue

There are so many reasons why Weldbond is my adhesive of choice for indoor mosaic tile and found object art projects.


  1. It’s non-toxic and has no smell.
  2. Great for projects with kids.
  3. Weldbond dries clear … in most circumstances.
  4. Easy to remove mistakes
Weldbond says this about their wonder glue …. A unique product, WELDBOND is more than an adhesive. It’s also a powerful universal primer for porous surfaces. It’s a weather-proofer, dust-proofer, hardener, and bonding agent. Just mix WELDBOND with sawdust, grout, cement or plaster and be amazed at the tremendous strength this product! Non-toxic and dries clear making it a perfect adhesive to use when crafting with kids. Dries to a clear, flexible bond.
Weldbond works great on wood!
What you may want to consider when using Weldbond …
#1 Excess puddles of Weldbond will not dry clear so you will see it behind the glass. If that wasn’t the object then no problem.
#2 Suggest brushing Weldbond onto the glass pieces, carefully with your finger or paintbrush and secure them to the glass with a little wiggle … to help dry clear.
#3 With Weldbond you have a fighting chance of prying pieces off of the glass with the utmost of care … with E-6000 you don’t.

and then there’s Mastic

… available at home improvement & tile shops.

Mastic is a non-slip high performance, smooth spreading mortar formulated for interior installation of all types of ceramic wall & floor tile.
Mastic keeps things from slipping … especially good for terracotta, concrete, back-splashes and larger projects!
Don’t forget to clean up excess mastic around the edges.

You Can Glue It but …

Patience, my dear.
I know you want to get’r done but in the end you’ll be thankful that you waited until it dried.
Trust me.

Thanks for sticking around!

When in doubt… read the directions.

Mosaic Tile Artists