I've made this one for my friend's granddaughter. Nita passed away last September and she was so proud of her first grandchild and absolutely adored her. When I came across this small heart backing in my cupboard, I immediately decided to make something for Poppet. I loved her Grandma dearly and we had a bond... Continue Reading →
I really didn't want to have to trash this mirror frame after my first grouting fail, both with colour and cracked grout. I'd been adventurous with my grout colour and wasn't happy with the result, but decided to regrout with black, just leaving the coloured grout between the black framing tiles. I taped over those... Continue Reading →
I started making this one a while ago for an old friend of mine, Justin. He only wanted something small, so I've used a 29cm x 21cm piece of MDF. Being Mr Incredibubble, his only other request was that it have circles to represent bubbles. I'd done a few with circles and wanted to make... Continue Reading →
Well, my mirror frame had been ready to grout... ...and I'd decided on what I thought would be the perfect colour grout to use - metallic copper. The acrylic paint I was using was a beautiful glossy deep copper, but I just couldn't get that same depth of colour mixing it with the grout. Just... Continue Reading →
I'm currently working on another mirror frame - this time square, 12" x 12". I did the side features without too much doubt, also using Inka Gold, Platinum under the transparent stained glass strips I used. I wanted to see the finish when using the Inka Gold as a paint on timber as well so... Continue Reading →
Finally!! Because going 'round in circles is what I've been doing with this mosaic, it's taken me so long. I've sat for the last few days trying to decide on grout colour - the last decision to be made for this piece. What a relief that is! I had decided to do a bright light... Continue Reading →
I love the Viva Inka Gold range, and purchased Inka Gold Platinum from Mosaic Tiles Australia to use on my transparent white stained glass pieces. I'm interested to learn from this tutorial about the differing effects of various colours on the same piece of glass. I'll have to invest in a few more colours and... Continue Reading →
These look fantastic and I'm really keen to give it a go. What a great way to recycle old CD's and a cheap way of adding unique tiles to your inventory. https://youtu.be/tlHZZ6U5BQM
By Mango Mosaics https://youtu.be/7jcMtewBrVk
I like this tutorial as I prefer to use my hands to grout, as opposed to using tools to spread the grout and fill in the gaps. I've seen different methods of cleaning off the excess grout, and this one uses a sponge that is quite damp. The pressure you use is important so as... Continue Reading →
Cutting tiles is big part of making mosaics made easier by knowing what tools to use and how best to use them. Mango Mosaics shows us here how to cut ceramic tiles of a thickness between 3-6mm using tile nippers. https://youtu.be/KGSdVB-y8Ew
Creating a mosaic we’re happy with can be trial and error, but this beautiful piece made by Piglet in Portugal shows that patience pays off 🙂
Nearly a year after starting my ‘tree of life’ aka ‘tree of patience’ mosaic picture, it is finally finished!
Tree of Life Mosaic
The substrate for the base was clear glass and the printed picture beneath acted as a rough template. I cut each piece of stained glass to shape before gluing into position. Many hours, days and even weeks were spent in procrastination mode as I tried to decide which coloured glass to use. Decisions, decisions! I wanted to use vibrant autumnal colours and incorporate an orange sunset in the background against a yellow sky.
Everyone kept telling me the sky must be blue. I am so glad I stood my ground and kept the picture more abstract.
Tree of Life – work in progress
I cut each leaf to shape using nippers.
Shaping the leaves from glass
I put the project aside until I could decide on the…
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