I'm really pleased with how Spectrum has turned out, although I ended up making some changes to the original outline design to make it my own. I'm enjoying making these abstract pieces that are bright and colourful and full of life. I'm becoming more comfortable with using bold colours and think I've found my favourite... Continue Reading →
I’ve begun work on my next mosaic, ‘Spectrum’. The inspiration for this one has come from Julie Edmunds ‘Head Dress’. I admire Julie’s colourful work and aspire one day to have that talent with use of colour. I do love using bold, vibrant colours and varied tesserae types, and have just had some regalia glass... Continue Reading →
I'm making this mosaic for a friend of mine going back to my teenage years. Pete and another old friend, Michael, are in a punk rock band called Thundabox. They've released a couple of albums and were part of the pub band scene for many years. Pete's been a great supporter of my mosaics so... 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 →
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
I absolutely LOVE this mosaic tabletop, made by Piglet in Portugal. Stunning colours and design!
My most ambitious project to date is this mosaic table which is 19″ (48cm) diameter. I’d observed other members of the mosaic class create some fantastic designs so decided to give it a try. I knew my biggest challenge would be cutting the stained glass to specific shapes which then all linked together, so accuracy was critical. All my previous projects were simple and used scrap squares and cutting to shape was minimal.
Mosaic Abstract Table – design
After looking through various books in class I found this design. I liked the design’s simplicity and flexibility, plus it looked relatively easy. We marked out the design on the glass table top with the aid of various circular items such as biscuit tins, mugs, lamps and jam jars to name a few.
Mosaic Abstract Table: Work in Progress
Once I had a rough outline, I chose the colours for the largest…
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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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