Spectrum – For Sale

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 →

Spectrum

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 →

Mosaic for Thundabox

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 →

Boho Mirror Frame Save

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 →

Mosaic Abstract Table

I absolutely LOVE this mosaic tabletop, made by Piglet in Portugal. Stunning colours and design!

Piglet in Portugal

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.

Abstract coffee table - design 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.

Abstract Table: Work in Progress Mosaic Abstract Table: Work in Progress

Once I had a rough outline, I chose the colours for the largest…

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Mosaic: Tree of Life or Thorn in My Side?

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 🙂

Piglet in Portugal

Nearly a year after starting my ‘tree of life’ aka ‘tree of patience’ mosaic picture, it is finally finished!

Tree of Life Mosaic 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 Tree of Life – work in progress

I cut each leaf to shape using nippers.

Shaping the leaves from glass Shaping the leaves from glass

I put the project aside until I could decide on the…

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