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putting the pieces back together

 matilda’s birdland – circa 2011

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.

mosaic tile projects

mosaic tile projects

 

mosaic tile mirror
tough to photograph

 

happy
done and done. happy. happy.
love you
thank you, miss tilly xoxo

before glue

A vintage rotary phone that I painted decades ago.

Well ...
call your mother © mara lee

Which lead to painting a matching telephone table.

mosaic-table.jpg

I was so inspired that I painted this metal stool too. I wonder if Lisa  still has it in her kitchen?

painted-stool copy.jpg

And, I did it all with paint pens.

Just another fine example of inspiration slapping you in the face and then skipping away.

mother recycled china centerpiece in shop

call your mother vintage rotary phone, telephone table and  vintage metal stool – private collection

peace.

p.s. my first MAC computer still works.

Giant Glass Explosion Redo

THROW BACK THURSDAY another blast from the past … 

The antique cupboard was loaded to the brim with vintage glass objects waiting and wanting.

My goal was three glass on glass windows by month’s end and I took pics. Bravo!

glass on glass window
Green Gables – Private Collection
Glass on Glass
Green Gables – Glass on Glass
Glass Window Art
Green Gables – Glass on Glass
Glass Window Art
Green Gables – Private Collection
glass on glass window
one of the three pieces. fini’
glass on glass art © mara lee
sun,moon and stars. © mara lee

Glass on Glass Art Project Disclaimer: Try not to cut yourself, always wear safety glasses and pick a different project to do with the kids.

Great looking pics in two clicks, thanks to PicMonkey's photo editing tools

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.

glass-window-project

Great looking pics in two clicks, thanks to PicMonkey's photo editing tools

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

Mosaic Tile Gazing Balls

Garden Gazing BallsVal was in a gluing frenzy with bowling balls and it immediately brought back fond memories of battling a 15 pound bowling ball while trying to glue things to it. Truth be told … the hardest part of mosaic tiling a bowling ball is … finding the bowling ball. Now that she’s got me going … anyone have an old bowling ball that they want to get rid of ? 🙂


Mosaic tiled bowling balls or mosaic tiled gazing balls … are time consuming but pretty easy to create if you prepare the surface properly and use the right adhesive.

mosaic tile balls

balls in half moon bay © mara lee

MOSAIC TILE BOWLING BALL ART SUPPLIES  – you’ll need …

  1. Bowling Ball or round objects in stone, terracotta or concrete
  2. Flat Tile Materials in ceramic, stained glass, vintage china, mirror and glass gems
  3. Best Adhesives for the job could be …Thin Set or a Weatherproof/Waterproof Adhesives like … GE II Silicone, E6000 or Clear Liquid Nails.
  4. Sandpaper in a medium grade is fine.
  5. Sanded grout – FYI … darker shades of grout won’t show the wear that lighter shades of grout will.
  6. Grout Additive ( to mix grout instead of water. Makes the grout more flexible and can help prevent cracking)
  7. Grout or Masonry clear sealant that can be found at tile and box stores.

MOSAIC TILE GAZING BALL PROJECT

  1. Clean the ball. Let it dry.
  2. Seal the finger holes – use your imagination with what – so they’re level with the curve of the ball.
  3. Rough up the ball a bit with the sandpaper … or you can cover the ball with tile mesh before gluing to make gluing easier.
  4. Time to put on safety glasses for cutting tile or glass.
  5. Prop the bowling bowl on a large weighted coffee can … or something comparable. If you have a heavy duty Lazy Susan … bonus fry.
  6. Organize mosaic tile materials and choose pieces that are close to the same thickness, for uniformity.
  7. Using a wheeled tile nipper, mosaic tile cutter or glass cutter … cut the tile, glass or china pieces before you start gluing.  If pieces don’t lie flat, cut them smaller.
  8. Grab your adhesive and start gluing one side of the ball. (FYI…Adhesives for this project are TOXIC and is best glued in a very well ventilated area or outside.)
  9. If pieces don’t lie flat, cut them smaller.
  10. A little patience is needed about now. Relax, it’s round. It’s not going to be done in a day.
  11. This project takes multiple days. Glue one side of the bowling ball. Let it dry for at least 24 hours. Longer is always better!
  12. Glue the other side of the bowling ball and let that dry for a minimum of 24 hours. Again, longer drying time is always better.
  13. When completely dry … Grout … READ the directions on the grout bag or box, then … mix the Sanded Grout with grout additive to an oatmeal consistency … again … reading the directions really helps.
  14. Grout one side of the bowling ball and let it set up for a bit before you start removing and smoothing out the grout.
  15. Grout the other side of the ball and let it set up for a bit before you start removing and smoothing out the grout.
  16. Keep smoothing and polishing until your satisfied with your work.
  17. You can cover the ball with a dry cleaning bag (or something comparable) to allow the grout to dry a bit slower to prevent the grout cracking. Hopefully;)
  18. I’d wait at least 36 hours for drying time.
  19. Uncover and polish with a soft cloth.
  20. Let it cure – I did for a few more days and polished it everyday.
  21. When grout is dry seal the grout with grout sealer or masonary sealant. Read the directions.
  22. Let dry for 24 hours. Polish again. Make a wish;) 
  23. Gaze.

FYI … Mosaic Tiled Gazing Balls and handmade mosaic tile garden art has to be brought inside in the colder states and it doesn’t hurt to reseal your gazing ball every season, no matter where you live. Cheers.

garden-mosaic

go outside. let it dry. © mara lee

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