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Through the Looking Glass

The vintage window was a gift from my sister friend, Tilly Evan Jones … it sat around for a couple of years waiting and wanting. Finally glued a bunch of my vintage glass collection to it.

All you need is a sturdy window (or frame) with good glass, wheeled glass nippers, small hammer, hand towel, safety glasses, random glass objects and e6000 adhesive.  This project must be glued in a well ventilated area … without the kids and pets.

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Break glass dishes under a dish towel with a small hammer and gentle hand or use wheeled glass nippers to break up glass objects.

FYI … There are glass plates that will shatter into a BAZILLION PIECES without warning so … don’t be … going to use the word stupid – because it really is … ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES when cutting glass or tile and do a different project with the kids.

glass-on-glass window © mara lee

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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 a toxic adhesives when you can do pretty much the same thing using a Weldbond. (sold)

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Settled on a wooden trivet that was laying around.

Always amazed at how the items for my craft projects magically appear … most of the time anyway.

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Feeling it!

While it’s wonderful that 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 will withstand grouting and just plain being a trivet.

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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)

Just Needs a Little Light

Simple 8 x 10 white picture frame from Ikea … glued the piece of glass into the frame (with Weldbond) and let it dry overnight.

The little glass fish dish was the catalyst … the rest of the glass pieces magically fell into place.

Doesn’t look like much but ….

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. ~Aaron Rose

Glass on Glass Project #3

Shadows only mean that there is light nearby. Go to the light … 

Glass on Glass Project #3

Feeling very accomplished this week. All is good.

as always … work in a well ventilated room when using toxic adhesives and always wear safety glasses when working with glass!

The Best Glue for Glass

All gung-ho to start this project and didn’t have any e6000 adhesive … tried to use clear Liquid Nails and Lexel … NOPE

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

Had to get in the car and track some down … checked Home Depot and Lowe’s but they don’t carry it … finally found it at Ace Hardware for a price.

Michael’s stocks e6000 but the tubes are small and expensive.

Check out the Etsy sellers that carry it … it’s a better deal and you help small biz owners.

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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 …

Glass on Glass Vintage Window Project #2

A 10 panel vintage window scored while treasure hunting in Orange, California with Alice. The window measures a VERY STURDY 5′ x 2′ and has really cool hinges to use for hanging or not. If I end up keeping this piece, I’m going to have it installed as the front door side window for the cabin.  

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

Amazed that the pieces magically fit together.

You don't find inspiration. It finds you.

Probably should have glued it while I was laying it out.

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

Glitter makes the world a better place.

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10 panes © mara lee

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;)

When Life Smashes Things To Bits

You can glue it back together to make something beautiful with the pieces!

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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)

Cost: $12.00 per pound + shipping / Live in the Twin Cities Metro Area? Contact us to arrange pickup and save on shipping!

FAQ: How much mosaic tile do I need?

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.

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The List That Never Was

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Release date 1/6/11

Back in 2005, I coined myself as an “Artist” … to actual people.  Even though I’ve been creating art for well over 30 years. 

Well, they asked me and I choked out the confession of being the creator of the mosaic tile pieces that they were referring to.

I would have been able to that off my bucket list, if I had had one.

Feel a resolution coming on …

It’s true … if you write it down, or just continue to put it out there,  it shows up.

Even with a bucket list scribbled in my mind, it has always included authoring a book.

Must be why I just started typing … curious punctuation and all.

Luckily, Stackpole Books stumbled upon my mosaic tile passion and they asked me to write a book about it.

Now, I can √ Author off the bucket list that never was.

“Making Mosaics with Found Objects” is available on Amazon with a really good pre-order special.

Hope you’ll check it out.

Happy Gluing!

39 Days Until Christmas…

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Quit screwing around... you've only got (16) or ... 39 days

16 Days until Hanukkah…

Got Gifts?

Me neither.

Here’s a cool holiday gift that you can finish in less than an hour … plus drying time. 

  • Clear Glass Tile | Rectangle or Square
  • Mod Podge (or Weldbond Adhesive)
  • E6000 Adhesive – Michael’s has it in cool tubes
  • Scissors – this may be the hardest thing to find
  • Your preferred image cut to size of the Clear Glass Tile
  • Jewelry Bail – have seen these at Michael’s too!
  • Iron Ball Chain – available at all hardware or home improvement stores
Clear Glass Tiles
Crystal Clear Glass Tiles
  1. Select your images…use actual photos, magazine clipping or a laser copy of your image. (FYI…Inkjet copies smear.)
  2. Reduce image if needed and cut the image to fit the clear glass tile.
  3. Seal the image {before applying to clear glass tile} with a thin coat of Mod Podge or Weldbond….or spray sealer if you have some. Keeps it from smearing later on.
  4. Let image dry a bit.
  5. Using Mod Podge or Weldbond…glue the image face down on the back of the clear glass tile. FYI…Image needs to be glued so you can see it through the glass.
  6. Gently press the image into place and remove excess adhesive.
  7. Make sure all the edges are smooth.
  8. Let it dry a bit and finish it off by sealing the back with Mod Podge or Weldbond. Multiple layers are a good thing. Just let it dry in between coats.
  9. If needed, gently sand any rough edges excess glue off of the glued side, once it is dry.
  10. Once it’s dry … glue the jewelry bail to the back of the glass tile, E6000 or a strong craft glue.
  11. Let it dry. Overnight is good.
  12. Add a length of iron ball chain, available at all hardware and home stores.
  13. and … It’s a wrap!

 

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Glue image and Bail...let dry. Add a chain. Done!