This series of posts will highlight some of the how-to on the making of my "Fire and Rain" glass on glass reversible mosaic. Below is the finished main flower on the 'Fire' side. Click images to enlarge.
|Fire side of "Fire and Rain" 9 7/8" x 14 3/8"|
First I cut up a clear glass jar that previously had been used to hold spaghetti sauce. The wide mouth made it easy to use wheeled nippers to get in there to break the glass. Look at the jars in your pantry and you may also see some with interesting curves to the jar glass, especially those with non-vertical sides. This one had a nice wide curved shoulder area that then sloped down to a highly curved sort of foot area.
- Once I had my jar broken into large chunks, I played with their orientation so the curves resembled flower petals.
- Then I marked them with a sharpie marker and nipped them into their final shape with my wheeled nippers.
- I finished the shaping with my grinder to ensure no sharp edges and to give the edges a 'frost' look.
- When I was happy with their shape, I used GE Silicone II glue to attach them to a sheet of clear glass as well as to each other.
Next step was to prepare the colored glass for the mini mosaics for the flower petals.
I nipped narrow, about 1/8", bits from colored glass. My plan was to use these bits cut side up on top of the petals. Then the natural curve they have from the wheeled nippers could be used to follow the curve of the clear glass petals. BUT, people touch mosaics! So, to smooth the sharp edges of all those little bits, I placed them all in a small glass jar, added water 3/4 of the way up and a bit of dish soap and then shook them. And shook them. And shook them some more. At least 10 minutes of shaking and they still had a semigloss sheen but no sharp edges.
Finally, I could begin mosaicing!
Again, GE Silicone II glue was used to attach the prepared bits to the clear glass petals.
That yellow 'blob' in the center is a cool castoff from a glass blowing shop. It did not make the final mosaic but a similar one was used instead.
Lipstick red grout then completed the flower. The flower buds on this 'Fire' side of the mosaic were completed the same way. The green 3D pieces are also glass blowing castoffs.
|"Fire and Rain"|
Next post will be about the 'Rain' side of the mosaic.
Image at left shows both sides of the completed mosaic as it looks against a white background.
Part 2 of discussion of this mosaic can be viewed here: http://www.mosaicsmith.com/2012/07/part-2-reversible-mixed-media-glass-on.html