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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.

To get started, find a space to call your own and stock it with the right tile tools, materials and adhesives.

Start small and you’ll grow from there … believe me.

mosaic tile table
Viva Las Vegas – First Creation 1985

 Best mosaic tile tools …

#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, e6000 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
  • Now all you need is a base, tile and some found objects. Ta da.

Be An Artist

 

 

Switch Plate Covers

The idea to add a hook to the switch plate covers isn’t new … it was to me and I think it’s fabulous. 

Feeling so accomplished.

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

The Beat Goes On

The purple Van Gogh tile was in a bag with a favorite iridescent tile, a vintage ballerina and a couple of switch plate covers. Inspired me to start gluing again but not grouting.

Light Switch Cover

light-switch-cover-mosaic-tile“I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.”  ― Oscar Wilde 🙂

lightswitch cover

Happy Someday.

Mackinac Island Mosaic Tile Incense Holder

Shoulda, coulda, woulda, but didn’t take a photo of the vintage Mackinac Island souvenir dish that I used in this piece. It was a cutie. Maybe next time. 😉

The Mackinac Island mosaic tile incense holder was created using brilliant blue ceramic tile, glossy white ceramic tile, silver tapestry tile, vintage blue china, white vintage china, a vintage Mackinac Island souvenir dish, gold glass gems, red glass gems, four square iridescent blue glass feet, stick incense holder and a red glass heart.  All securely glued and grouted to to a 3/4″ thick MDF board that measures 4″ inches wide x 9″ inches long.

This piece has been added to the all new  *Balsam Studio shop on Etsy –  * use to be 225 Water Street for many moons.  

SOLD

Mackinac Island Mosaic Tile Incense Holder

Mackinac Island Mosaic Tile Incense Holder

embellished

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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