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Decoupage and Mosaic Tile

Easy Mosaic Tile Glass Collage – Crash Glass-Decoupage

Decoupage was my first love and after attending a crash glass class using a 2-part epoxy … it got me thinking … why go to all the trouble of working with toxic adhesives when you can do pretty much the same thing using Weldbond.

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Settled on a wooden trivet that was laying around.

Always amazed at how the items magically appear … most of the time anyway.

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Feeling it!

While you can use watered down Elmer’s white glue for Decoupage … you need a stronger adhesive – in this case – to guarantee that the glass and tile with survive grouting.

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laying out the design

After painting the trivet and letting it completely dry, I laid out the design so the quote showed through the glass properly and glued the papers directly onto the trivet. Don’t get carried away with the glue. Just brush on enough glue to attach the images. Let it dry and brush on a few more layers of glue, letting it dry each time.

When the papers were dry and perfectly sealed from layers of glue … I glued the tile border first, applying Weldbond to each tile piece and applied the glass by smearing Weldbond onto the back of each glass piece so it wouldn’t puddle and refuse to dry clear.

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the secret is to let stuff dry

Once the piece is glued and completely dry, grout it to finish off the piece.

A great non-toxic glass collage and decoupage project, that anyone can do!

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kinda wish I hadn’t sold this

Beautiful results with less mess than other epoxy crash glass methods.

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surprise’s are good! (sold)
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The Best Glue for Glass

All gung-ho to start the next glass on glass vintage window project and didn’t have any clear e6000 adhesive … have tried Weldbond, Liquid Nails and Lexel … BIG NOPE

all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

So glass that all the box stores, hardware stores, Michael’s, Target and Walmart all carry Clear e6000 adhesive now. Make sure you buy Clear.

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The pieces fell into place quite nicely.

Just lovely, don’t you think?

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On to the next thing …
Great looking pics in two clicks, thanks to PicMonkey's photo editing tools

Glass on Glass Vintage Window Project #2

I found this 10-panel vintage window in Orange, California. It survived the drive back to the Midwest – on top of the truck – and measures 5′ x 2′ feet. The window has a sturdy frame and the glass is in great shape plus … it has really cool hinges that I’ll leave as is. Considering how long this took to create I may have to keep this piece and find a place for it in the cabin.  It’s a favorite!

This window was probably hung the wide way over an old store front somewhere.

Cleaned the entire window with vinegar & water and let it dry. Started to cut the glass pieces and create the design. Made the decision to not glue it down during the design.

You don't find inspiration. It finds you.

Next time … I’m going to trust myself and glue the glass as I’m laying out the design.

Perfect first pass and not a single piece glued.
Perfect first pass and not a single piece glued.

Glass on Glass – 10 Panes – Private Collection

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Having Fun While We’re Here

If you’re not … you should be.

Going through a bazillion photos … a few favorites.

Oh look … it turned into a little moving billboard;)

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Promised To Post A Project

Taking a u-turn
Taking a U-Turn

Instead, I’m going to finish the things on my list and we can talk about it in the morning.

Don’t you just love Fridays?!

I do.

Have a good one;)