Monday, September 26, 2011
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This is a two layer piece that measures 7" tall and 16" in length. The front layer contains the border, a couple of bluebonnets on each side and the word "Texas" in gold beads.
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Here is another 16"x 20" floral window. It features bluebonnets, indian paintbrush, indian blanket, and sunflowers.
Monday, August 01, 2011
|I can see this sitting on a patio table - although it could also be put in a garden or flowerbed. Glass beads could be used and they would hold up to the weather for a much longer time.|
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I thought that I would take a few moments today to discuss some of my tips for grouting success. This is another 36 x 24 window and is similar to several others that I have made in the past. On this one I used even more beads and rhinestones which I think adds to the beauty of the piece but can cause nightmares during the grouting process. Because the beads and rhinestones are all differnt levels they add a lot of dimension and texture to the piece and really catch the light but grout is difficult to clean on these uneven surfaces.
If you are planning on using rhinestones and beads for the first time I would encourage you to start small and good luck!
This is the finished window.....
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Although this isn't a mosaic I thought that I would share it too. I buy many of the glass beads for my mosaic work in large mixed lots and since I only use glass beads in my mosic work I end up with TONS of plastic beads. Some are put to good use by my granddaughers when they come to visit but I was looking for a good way to use them up so here it is. This isn't my own idea - saw one similar on a garden tour this Spring. I call mine a garden squiggle because I can't seem to leave the wire straight!
This close up should give you a better idea of what it looks like. The stake is a hollow piece of copper tubing about 4 feet tall. I bought 16 guage steel wire and strung plastic beads on the pieces of wire. The ends of the wire are inserted in the copper tubing and then I just coiled the wires to make them look more interesting. My photos are not too good - this really sparkles in the sun. It is a fun way to use up non mosaic supplies. They would also be pretty made with glass beads and would probably hold up longer in our brutal Texas weather!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
This is a new multilayer window. It measures 24 x 24 inches and is framed in cedar. The front layer includes all the border and wall - up to the window opening. There is also one sunflower blossom and a couple of bluebonnets on the front layer. The second layer is the vase of flowers.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I began placing the grape leaves and grape clusters in place to decide placement and layout before gluing anything in place.
Next I created the second layer on another piece of glass. On this layer I will only grout the hummingbirds. After grouting both pieces this layer will be recessed on the back about 1/2 inch by using clear glass strips to separate both layers.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Here is a new transom window that I just completed for friends. I am going to give a sequence of steps that I used to put this window together.
To start this commission I wanted to figure out how to make accurate grape leaves so I looked them up on the internet and made these drawings for reference.
I started by cutting several colors of green glass into leaf shapes. I use tape to hold the leaves in place until I attach them to the base glass.
I identified a variety of flat backed rhinestones in different sizes and shades of purple to use for the grapes.
Next I cut curved stripsof brown stained glass to use for grapevines and beige straight strips to use for the lattice.
Tomorrow I will add additional photos and show how I completed this piece.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
This is what the front layer looks like after the border has been grouted and the leaves have been added to the clear glass center. The background is actually clear glass and the curved lines you see are only in my glass door that the piece rested against for the photo.
This is what the second layer looks like before it is added to the front. The tree trunks and ground is grouted. The background is textured clear glass.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Here is the type of sanded grout I use. The color I most often use is pewter grey but this type of grout comes in many colors.
This is how the piece looked after applying all the glass, beads, rhinestones, tiles, etc. but before applying the grout.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
This is a new multilayer tree window. It is 24 x 24 inches in size and is framed in cedar. It will be shown at Artisans of Rocky Hill Gallery in Frederickburg, Texas.
I am trying to show the dimensional quality of the tree with this photo. There is actually 3 different layers of foliage.
I will be out of town for several days and will resume my "How To" blogs when I return. Until then have fun playing with glass!