Tag Archives: Glass

Sea Glass Beach Bucket List

Did a search for sea glass beaches and found a few in the US but … the “look don’t take”  policies may be too much to bear. 😉

Mosaic Tile Landmarks
“Half to Have It” glass gardens 2010

There’s a Sea Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California that looks like a really fun field trip and I can’t believe that we were in Hanapepe Bay, in Kauai, Hawaii – twice – and had no idea that they had a sea glass beach. Good reason to go back, I guess.

There’s a bunch of Sea Glass Beaches in Northern California and since I’ve never been to any of them – there are no photos so please visit Sea Glass Beaches in Northern California by clicking here.

  1. Fort Bragg, California Sea Glass Beach
  2. Del Monte Sea Glass Beach in Monterey, California
  3. Davenport, California Sea Glass Beach
  4. Cayucos, California Sea Glass Beach – and they have a sea glass festival.
  5. Abaco Islands, Bahamas has a sea glass beach.
  6. So does Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  7. Bermuda has a sea glass beach too.

And finally, there’s the sea glass beach of Ussuri Bay on Russia’s Pacific shoreline where after decades of dumping glass and porcelain into the ocean Mother Nature turned trash into treasure. Gorgeous.

The closest thing I’ve gotten to a sea glass beach were the glass gardens of the now closed “Half to Have It” shop in Halfmoon Bay.  So sad.

shard-garden
“Half to Have It” glass gardens 2010

Smile, it’s Friday!

The featured photograph was a glass on glass piece called “Swimming with the Fishes” and was sold to a good home.

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circle before landing

glass art
shedding a light on broken glass
circles
circles
peek hole
peek hole

visit our online shop … it’s a work in progress

playing the circle photo challenge

giant glass explosion …

The antique cupboard is loaded to the brim (4 full shelves full) of vintage glass objects waiting and wanting.

My goal was three glass on glass windows by month’s end.

Using up some of my vintage glass.

Kind of like a puzzle ... only there isn't really a right way to do it.

Glass on Glass Project

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.

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all rights reserved © 2013 Mara LeeWhen 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

10 panes © mara lee
10 panes © mara lee

a writing prompt: Ornate

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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

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

At Home With Andrew and Renee

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.

Thank you, Andrew & Renee! You made my day;)

glass-on-glass-vintage-window
the porthole of love © mara lee 2014

The HeArt of Handmade Gifts

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. – Pierre Corneille

Start with a sturdy picture frame, any size, with a glass insert. This one is from Ikea.

Clean the glass and then glue the glass into the frame.  Let it dry.

Then … Carefully smear  Weldbond adhesive on the back of your bits and pieces.

You have some working time to move them around.

*You can use E6000 adhesive in a well ventilated area ... just don't get it on your fingers. E6000 is not recommended when working with children.

glass on glass

SMEAR being the operative word … and it should dry clear in a day or two.

Sometimes not … if you don’t smear.

Puddles of Weldbond  usually won’t dry clear. Kapeesh?

Let it dry for a day or two.

You can grout the piece, if you want to.

Since this one sits in the window … I prefer not to.

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Because then it looks like this …

glass-on-glass

and the beat goes on … peace!

Just Needs a Little Light

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

Glass on Glass Project #3

Shadows only mean that there is light nearby. Go to the light … 

Glass on Glass Project #3

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!

The Best Glue for Glass

All gung-ho to start this project and didn’t have any e6000 adhesive … tried to use clear Liquid Nails and Lexel … NOPE

all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

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.

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The pieces fell into place quite nicely.

Just lovely, don’t you think?

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On to the next thing …

Salvaging Memories

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!

Recycled Art
Memories are made of these.

Glass on Glass Vintage Window Project #2

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.  

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

Amazed that the pieces magically fit together.

You don't find inspiration. It finds you.

Probably should have glued it while I was laying it out.

Perfect first pass and not a single piece glued.
Perfect first pass and not a single piece glued.

Glitter makes the world a better place.

glass on glass
10 panes © mara lee

Finishing What I Start

My normal mosaic tile process is selecting the base, gathering the materials, gluing them down, waiting 24 hours and grouting.

Mosaic Tile Form
After 9 months ... pretty sure it's dry.

“Perky Woman”

Glued: Summer of 2010
Grouted: February 3, 2011

I think life is what happened while I was making other plans.  Wonder why I waited so long, she’s beautiful.  Available on our Etsy store.

Tile tip … if  you glue the tile pieces really close together … you don’t have to grout.

Very few materials were needed … just a enormous amount of patience gluing the same color over and over and over again🙂

Love the feeling of stepping back and just gazing.

mosaic tile woman
Measures approx 23"x18" • Weight 5 lbs.



When Life Smashes Things To Bits

You can glue it back together to make something beautiful with the pieces!

CLICK HERE Back in stock!

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)

Cost: $12.00 per pound + shipping / Live in the Twin Cities Metro Area? Contact us to arrange pickup and save on shipping!

FAQ: How much mosaic tile do I need?

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.

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The right tools for the job.

Lighten up … cutting takes practice.

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.


don’t forget the grout

#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
  • Wire Cutter
  • 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
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper Towel
  • SAFETY GLASSES

Mosaic Tile Tools

Now all you need is a base, tile and some found objects. Ta da.


The List That Never Was

how to mosaic tile
Release date 1/6/11

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.

Feel a resolution coming on …

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.

Happy Gluing!