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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Going ‘Round in Circles

I always want to be working on something, so as soon as one is finished, another is begun. This design has been popular so didn't have to think much about the design, however it's the colours that take me time to decide on. I've already changed the petals from orange to a blue/green stained glass....  

Pineapple Mosaic

I've been asked by a friend's daughter to make a simple mosaic - a pineapple with a white background on a circular backing. I've used white iridised tiles around the border, venetian glass tiles for the background,  glass gems for the border of the pineapple, and stained glass to fill in the pineapple and to... Continue Reading →

Nita’s Garden

I'd wanted to make a mosaic in memory of Nita and was inspired by a recent photo of a pale flowering Iris Nita had given to her son and daughter in law. Nita loved her garden and flowers, and I've included her flowering iris on the bottom left. I wanted the flowers to be bright... Continue Reading →

Why Mosaics?

I've never thought of myself as having an artistic bone in my body, so what the hell am I doing throwing myself into any kind of art form?! And why mosaics? Well, I was sitting waiting for an appointment, and was admiring a large mosaic that covered the front of the reception desk. I've seen... Continue Reading →

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