A $5 thrift store mirror, a gifted box of glass & porcelain birds, a bunch of vintage china, ceramic tile, gold glitter tile, mirror tile, glass gems, found objects and glue. what a beast.
Creating garden art with empty terracotta pots. I glued three in an afternoon, let them dry and then grouted them 24 hours later.
Here’s how you’re suppose to do it … (directions vary based on how long you want a piece of mosaic tile garden art to last.:) preparation is everything!
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Trying to organize the studio and decided that if I just glue everything to something else, it will take up less room.
This is what happened in April.
Should post more of my vintage china on the Etsy Shop but then I’d have to find a box for it and that’s not always easy. Especially when you sell weird shaped stuff, like a porcelain elephant planter, that plants died in because of no drainage, and a gorgeous blue vintage china dinner plate that I bought for a buck. Trunk up for Good Luck!
Somehow these 3 vintage plates ended up together, along with a crystal candlestick and 2 glass bud vases. Think the snack pics added a nice touch. Sort of a Mackenzie Childs vibe … may have to keep this one.
Finally finished a glass on glass window, that I glued a ceramic tile to 6 years ago, and she ended up as the “Goddess of the Boobies”
and …. these 4 little pieces just screamed to be stuck together. For eternity. Unless you drop it.
It takes up less room.
“Ode to Mom” … a vintage Centerpiece 3 tier Cake Plate Assemblage in blue,white and floral using a Mayhill Federalist Ironstone plate, Windsor Browne Stoneware Plate, a vintage China Mother Cup, a blue and white Egg Cup Made in Japan, vintage clear glass juice glass, a glass flower candy dish, 8 piece Retro Cocktail Fork Set and a glass red Heart inside the Mother Mug.
Then I gathered a stunning vintage Aristochrome China Florida Travel Plate and 3 Random Glass Objects and made a 2 tier Centerpiece, or Cake Stand, dubbed “Retire to Florida.”
The antique ladies across the street might cringe that I glued a very rare Aristochrome china Florida Travel Plate to a very heavy & fancy crystal fruit cup or … maybe it’s a crystal goblet … not sure … then I added a lovely little crystal candy dish that rests on a tiny glass bud vase.
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
Shadows only mean that there is light nearby. Go to the light …
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!
All gung-ho to start this project and didn’t have any e6000 adhesive … tried to use clear Liquid Nails and Lexel … NOPE …
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.
The pieces fell into place quite nicely.
Just lovely, don’t you think?
On to the next thing …
When someone shows up with broken remains of a precious family heirloom, it’s always the same tearful look.
Peggy broke a very unique clay candle holder that her mother (who had since passed) had given her as a gift.
Seems that a chandelier had fallen on it. Maybe she should have called Angie’s List 😉
Here’s what we came up with …
Using the very cool wrought iron, double shelf table that Peggy brought, we cut a piece of concrete backer board for the bottom shelf. That way you can see the finished piece through the glass top and keep it safe from any further damage.
We arranged all of the clay children (as they were on the original piece) in the center and glued the rest of the broken pieces around them. Added a gold veined glass tile for the border and let it dry overnight.
Used a charcoal grout to finish it off, after the mastic dried.
Tears of joy all around!
Doesn’t get much better than this!
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.
Amazed that the pieces magically fit together.
Probably should have glued it while I was laying it out.
Glitter makes the world a better place.
Always love emails that are worth sharing …
THE GREEN THING
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this “green thing” back in the early days.
The clerk responded, “That’s why we have problems today”. “Your generation didn’t care enough to save our environment for the future generations.”
She was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing’ back then.
We returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so you could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building.
We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right, we didn’t have the “green thing.”
We washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind.
The wind dried our clothes.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes.
But that young lady is right. We didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
We had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. The TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana .
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap
We didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
We exercised by working hard so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right, we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen.
We replaced the razor blades, in a razor, instead of throwing away the whole razor, just because the blade got dull.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
People took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?
Please forward this onto another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from the younger generation.
Remember: Don’t make old people mad!
We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to tick us off.
The thrift store mirror just sat there (like many of my found objects) but this piece was like having a thousand pound elephant in the room and it taunted me. I suppose I could of hung it up but that would have meant attaching a really strong wire to the back and I never saw that item make the list.
After moving it onto the tile table (and off again) a dozen times, I surrendered to the zero inspiration but hope. At least I hadn’t broken it yet.
Then two dear friends coaxed me along by gifting me broken remains of their lives … Terri, a one armed porcelain figurine of a woman (Matilda) and Tilly, a box full of heirloom birds that flew out of her hands during a move. Amazed how that inspired me to let go of the death grip that I had on my sacred box of porcelain flowers.
The pieces magically (as they always do) found their place onto the border and were given 9 months to dry:)
Decided on charcoal grout, instead of something much lighter. Prayed about my choice.
Took a handful of the black mud and pressed it into way, way, way to many places to turn back. Needed a second to compose myself after immediately getting that sick “OMG I picked the wrong grout color!”
Kept telling myself to just “Keep Calm & Carry On.”
Five hours, a roll of paper towel, box of Q-Tips and 250 pounds later (not me the mirror🙂 …
“Paint the frame black” chimed in from the peanut gallery … appreciated the final collaboration that included the much needed help in moving this beast to its rest stop.
Love the standing back part …
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.
Woo hoo for me!
It doesn’t take an enormous amount of material to complete a personal mosaic tile project. Gather some vintage china, a couple of pounds of assorted tile, or glass, and a few odds and ends along with mosaic tile tools, a base to glue the materials to and the proper .
Approximate number of tiles needed to 1
As tile weight varies by style & color … there may be more or less per bag.
1″ Sheet Tile – 144 tiles per sheet 12″x12″
3/4″ inch tiles – approx. 225 tiles to cover 1 square foot
1/2 pound bag = approx. 70 tiles
1 pound bag = approx. 140 tiles
3/8″ inch tiles
Approx. 720 tiles to cover 1 square foot
1/2 pound bag = approx. 300 tiles
1 pound bag = approx. 600 tiles
5/8″ inch tiles
Approx. 400 tile to cover 1 square foot
Vintage China · Gems · Bits & Pieces
Quantity of materials will vary depending on the weight
Maybe that explains the finger hooks:-)
Strange how found objects make you feel.
This one wound up with …
Hope it warms up soon!
Have a great day. – Mara
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If you’re not … you should be.
Going through a bazillion photos … a few favorites.
Oh look … it turned into a little moving billboard;)
If one of your resolutions is to bring more creativity into your life, think Pique Assiette Mosaic Tile!
Due to its random nature, anyone can do it!
Really, you’re just gluing stuff to other stuff. Besides, it can be a very cheap hobby … or not. Depends on how obsessed you become.
Just find a space to call your own and start stocking it with the right tools, materials and adhesives to get started with Making Mosaics with Found Objects.
Start small and you’ll grow from there … believe me.
#1 Wheeled Glass Nippers have a set of disc shaped wheels on spring-loaded handles. They should be used to cut glass, mirror, glass tiles, and the like in a manner similar to tile nippers. Replacement wheels are sold separately.
#2 Mosaic Tile Cutter are designed for cutting ceramic tiles, crockery and china. Better tile nippers have tungsten-carbide cutting edges and spring-loaded handles.
#3 Weldbond Adhesive, Mastic and Grout
Always good to have nearby:
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.
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.
We have plenty of t-shirts and a sharp scissor! Guess what I’ll be doing this snowy weekend?
… glue a six inch piece of scrap plywood, 4 glass clear hearts, 2 red glass hearts, a vintage china saucer, 17 flat white gems, 10 red & green square glass gems, 10 pennies, a few printed words, a Santa head (that was ripped off its body), a little grout and a wire hanger?