When a certain artist who creates windows, mirrors, tables & bowls decorated with images, glass, trinkets, tile fragments & often hidden words in the designs was asked what her artwork meant to her she said: “I think I like it because it tells so much about my story.” Or anyone’s life, for that matter… “Life smashes things to bits and you glue it back together to make something beautiful with the pieces.” – author unknown
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.
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.
The shop was closed, again, so Renee knocked on the side door and said, “we’ve been here before … you were closed and we see that you’re closed again but … I just have to have one of the pieces in the front window … can we please come in?
They were both like little kids in a candy store and then Renee said, “I must have a piece of your art because I can feel all of the love and the light shining through.” Me too.
Touched beyond belief and all I can say is that this big beautiful universe, wearing a straw hat, is hard at work on my behalf.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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:
Small Penny Hammer
Needle Nose Pliers
Self-closing tweezers (a little more expensive than regular tweezers but well worth the investment.) Make sure to keep them glue free!
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Now all you need is a base, tile and some found objects. Ta da.