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Mosaic Tile Garden Art

terracotta pot crafts
Sealed, loved and lost. Que sera sera.

It’s best to create mosaic tile garden art with a concrete base and not terracotta.  Even if you seal the outside of a terracotta pot, with a waterproof sealer, moisture eventually seeps in causing the pieces to fall off while the terracotta pot turns to dust. It’s not a pretty picture…. and if you live with snow and ice, it’s probably a really good idea to store mosaic tile garden art for the winter.

If you can’t find concrete pots … click here to learn how to make your own concrete planters

  • Mosaic Tile Garden Art – Pots
  • Patience is the key, when you’re tiling a pot, it’s on a curve … chillax. Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Thinset is the adhesive of choice and is easily found in most, if not all, home improvement and tile stores. Read and follow the directions on the bag or box or … talk to a human in the department for their expertise on Thinset and Grout or again … you could just read the directions on the package.
  • If the pieces you’re gluing to the pot won’t lay flat, and that’s what you want them to do, cut the pieces smaller until they do.
  • Let the Thinset dry for a minimum of 24+ hours, before grouting.
  • Choose a sanded grout color, read and follow the directions on the grout bag or box and mix to an oatmeal consistency.
  • Grout on. Grout off. Grout off. Grout off … until the grout lines are smooth and the pieces are clean and shiny.  Continue to buff the piece with a soft cloth, as needed.
  • Once the grout is dry (minimum 24 hours) Seal the grout with grout sealer that can be found at home improvement and tile stores.
  • To extend the life of mosaic tile garden art  … reseal with a waterproof sealer, at the beginning of each season.

Totem Pole

 

garden-mosaic

 

box of tile tools © mara lee
box of tile tools © 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 toxic adhesives when you can do pretty much the same thing using Weldbond.

decoupage-crash-glass
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.

crash glass project
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!

decoupage-crash-glass
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)

The HeART of Handmade Gifts II

It takes more time to come up with a mosaic tile design than it does to glue it down.

Problem is the materials (go through your junk drawers and jewelry boxes) change as you go along … some pieces make the cut … others will not. This is not the time to get discouraged.

If I’m on a roll and the pieces are falling into place … it takes me about an hour to glue a single light switch cover.

If I’m not on a roll … I’ve already started gluing something else.

Gluing at Alice's - all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
Gluing at Alice’s – all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

The gypsy quote is a pendant that I’ve had since high school … and it went from there.

all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
Deep with Dreams – all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

added a little iridescent tile and a purple glass heart …

Gypsy Soul - all rights reserved Mara Lee
Deep with Dreams – all rights reserved Mara Lee

Going to glue ball and chain to the outer edge, after the grout dries.

Maybe you should too.

All you need is …

  • Heavy plastic light switch cover 69¢
  • Family Mementoes, Vintage China and Treasures that are lurking in drawers, cupboards and closets
  • Buy some fun #tiles and glass shapes
  • Weldbond or E6000 Adhesive
  • Tile Nipper and Safety Glasses

Glass on Glass Vintage Window Project #2

Found this 10-panel vintage window in Orange, California and was grateful that it survived the trip back to the Midwest. It’s a big window at 5′ feet x 2′ feet and took quite a bite out of my vintage glass collection. When I select vintage windows for glass on glass window projects, I look for a really sturdy window frame with good, hopefully heavier glass that doesn’t wiggle .. not even a little bit. This window was very sturdy, the glass was awesome and it had really cool hinges that I left alone. 

I used E6000 Clear Adhesive to glue the glass to the glass, in a well ventilated room, and used a wheeled tile cutter to cut smaller pieces of glass, while wearing safety glasses with a first aid kit near by.  Safety First – Always wear safety glasses when breaking or cutting random glass dishes, cups and/or glass objects. Depending on the type of glass they can and some will shatter in a bazillion pieces … maybe more. Be careful.  

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

First, I cleaned the entire window with a vinegar & water mixture and let it dry. Started to cut the glass pieces for fill in and laid out a first pass design. Made the decision to not glue it down during the design. Shoulda.

You don't find inspiration. It finds you.

The universe is very good to me and next time … I’m going to call all my angels and trust myself to glue the glass pieces on my first pass.

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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glass on glass
10 panes © mara lee

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