Tag Archives: recycled art

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

mosaic tile garden

mosaic tile pots

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!

  • Before gluing, clean the terracotta pots out with soap and water. Let them dry overnight. (it’s a good thing)
  • Seal the inside and outside of the pot with a water-based polyurethane or a couple of coats of Weldbond adhesive. (If you don’t seal it no biggie just don’t water a plant in there.) Let it dry between coats and make sure the piece is completely dry before tiling.
  • Use mastic adhesive. (there are other good adhesives for tile but mastic works for me.)
  • Use a sanded grout ( I used charcoal) and mix the grout with a grout additive (instead of water) for more flexibility.
  • Seal the grout with grout sealer, once it’s dry.
  • Reseal the outside of the piece with grout sealer, once a year,  especially if the piece is exposed to the elements or water.

Totem Pole

Mosaic TileTotem PoleInstructions

  1. Prepare clay pots with similar size drainage holes.
  2. Glue mosaic tile materials to pots. Let dry.
  3. Grout mosaic tile pots. Let dry.
  4. Seal pots with grout sealer. Let dry.
  5. Glue clay pots together as shown. (May need to insert the pole first)
  6. Glue the stacked pots to the bottom of the saucer to protect the bottom pot.
  7. Insert a piece of re-bar or heavy pole into the holes of the pots and secure with silicone
  8. Dig a small hole for your garden art totem and secure with rocks and dirt.
  9. Bring mosaic tile pots and garden totem poles indoors when cold weather hits.
  10.  peace.
box of tile tools © mara lee
box of tile tools © mara lee

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mosaic tile gazing balls

Garden Gazing BallsVal, a cherished tile gypsy, was sharing her recent gluing frenzy with bowling balls.  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 pretty easy to create by preparing the surface properly and using the right adhesive.

mosaic tile balls
balls in half moon bay © mara lee

MOSAIC TILE BOWLING BALL SUPPLIES 

  1. Bowling Ball
  2. Flat Mosaic Tile Materials … Ceramic Tile, stained glass, vintage china, mirror and glass gems
  3. Weatherproof/Waterproof Adhesive … Best choices – GE II Silicone • E6000 • Clear Liquid Nails
  4. Sandpaper medium grade is fine
  5. Sanded grout – FYI … darker shades won’t show the wear that lighter shades of grout will
  6. Grout Additive (Used to mix grout instead of using water. Makes the grout more flexible and can help prevent cracking)
  7. Grout or Masonry clear sealant

MOSAIC TILE GAZING BALL PROJECT

  • Clean the bowling ball. Let it dry.
  • Seal the finger holes, if you don’t want to use them. Again, a MacGyver thing.
  • Rough up the ball using the sandpaper … or you can cover the ball with tile mesh before gluing … ask me.
  • Always wear safety glasses when cutting tile or glass.
  • Organize mosaic tile materials by choosing pieces that are close to the same thickness, for uniformity.
  • Using a wheeled tile nipper, mosaic tile cutter or glass cutter … cut the tile, glass or china pieces before you start gluing.
  • Prop the bowling bowl on a large weighted coffee can … or something comparable.
  • Grab your adhesive and start gluing. (FYI…Adhesives for this project are TOXIC. Best to do this in a very well ventilated area or outside.)
  • A little patience is needed. It’s round!
  • If pieces don’t lie flat … cut them smaller.
  • This project takes multiple days. Glue one side of the bowling ball. Let it dry for at least 24 hours. Longer is always better!
  • Glue the other side of the bowling ball and let that dry for at least 24 hours. Again, longer is better.
  • Grout. Read the directions.
  • Remove grout and clean.
  • Cover with a dry cleaning bag (or something comparable) to allow the grout to dry slower and hopefully prevent cracking.
  • Wait at least 24 hours.
  • Uncover and polish.
  • Let it cure for a few more days, polishing everyday.
  • Seal finished piece with grout or masonry clear sealant. Read the directions.
  • Gaze.

FYI … Mosaic Tiled Gazing Balls and handmade mosaic tile garden art should be brought in during colder months and resealed each season.

garden-mosaic
go outside. let it dry. © mara lee

all rights reserved copyright © mara lee. please do not copy, distribute, duplicate or create derivative works using my original designs and photography. thank you very much!