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Glass on Glass 10 Pane

A 10-panel vintage window from Orange, California that survived the trip back to the Midwest. Pretty big window measuring 5′ feet x 2′ feet … which meant taking a bite out of my vintage glass collection.

The vintage windows desired for this art form should be sturdy with a thicker glass that doesn’t wiggle or show separation (rotting)  from the frame … not even a little bit.

I use E6000 Clear Adhesive to glue the glass to the glass, in a well ventilated room, with a wheeled tile cutter, a small hammer – on a sturdy surface – wearing safety glasses with a first aid kit near by … but not children or pets.  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.  

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

Clean the window with a vinegar & water mixture – a couple of times – and let it dry.  Glue glass pieces into place filling in with cut glass pieces, clear glass gems, marbles and the like …

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You don't find inspiration. It finds you.

Work in a well ventilated area.

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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DIY Mosaic Tile Light Switch Covers

Custom Switch Plate Cover Creating a mosaic tile switch plate cover @ tilegypsy.com

DIY Light Switch Covers:

  • Start with a HARD plastic light switch cover … found at home improvement and hardware stores. If the plastic is bendy … pass.
  • You can use wood and metal light switch covers too. Makes no never mind. 😉
  • Glue color fast beads and/or tile around the light switch opening with Weldbond.
  • Then glue the outside edge to establish how much room you have left (in the middle) to work with.
  • Glue the rest of your design and let it dry for a couple of hours.
  • Finish by gluing color fast beads – or ball chain – around the outside of the light switch cover. Let dry for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Before grouting cover delicate items (jewels etc) with painter’s tape.
  • Confident that the light switch cover is completely dry mix sanded grout (color of choice) with a liquid grout additive, instead of water, for more flexibility, to an oatmeal consistency.
  • Put on gloves … Grout On – I know it’s a weird feeling covering it with mud – keep going filling and smoothing all the nooks and crannies – pause – smooth – pause – 😉 and Grout Off with a slightly damp sponge. Rinse and repeat until clean and smooth. Remove tape from delicate items. Finish gently cleaning and smoothing until shiny and free from grout residue. Let dry overnight. Shine a bit more and gently install.
mosaic tile lightswitch covers
Sold. Thank you.

Custom Mosaic Tile Switch Plate Covers • middle and right piece are sold.

MATERIALS:

  • Switch plate covers of your choice. Plastic, wood or metal
  • Weldbond Adhesive
  • Painters Tape
  • Wheeled Nipper & Sm Hammer
  • Bits and pieces of ceramic tile, china, jewels etc.
  • Foam Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Wooden Skewer
  • Q Tips
  • Paper Towel
  • Sponge
  • Sm Bucket of Water
  • Disposable container to mix Grout
  • Sanded Grout, Grout Additive and Grout Sealer
  • Longer Screws, if needed


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Mosaic Tile Switchplates SOLD.
light switch covers
a peace about it on Etsy.
How to mosaic tile
Borders. SOLD
Shalom Mosaic Tile Light Switch Cover
SOLD.
switch plate covers
Ballerina Girl
Sleep Tight Mosaic Tile Light Switch Cover
Sleep Tight
light switch cover
Two Nickels to Rub Together © SOLD
Mosaic Tile Lightswitch Cover
Five o’clock somewhere. SOLD.

Peace Baby Mosaic Tile LIght Switch Cover

Gypsy Soul Mosaic Tile Lightswitch Cover
Gypsy Soul • GIFTED
lightswitch cover
Love Purple. SOLD
Golden Mirror Mosaic Tile Light Switch Cover
Mocha SOLD.

If You Can’t Hide It, Decorate It

Unpacking continues and with it comes the decision to fix the injured mosaic pieces or toss them in the trash and not look back.   If only. ;-|

Have been meaning to rescue this damaged mosaic tile mirror multiple times and I’m really glad I did. Not to shabby.

Mosaic Tile Mirror - tilegypsy.com
BEFORE

Black and white tile makes me happy. Flowers too.

Mosaic Tile Mirror - tilegypsy.com
AFTER