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agmosaics
01-31-2008, 02:05 PM
I don't seem to find any mosaic tutorials,....so here is one of mine. I hope it lights a creative spark!


Seahorse Birdbath

Form glass tiles into a seahorse shape to create this colorful birdbath.

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Materials:
14" terra cotta tray
indoor-outdoor white acrylic paint
stained glass:
- 3 shades of blue for water layers
- green or green mottled for seaweed
- yellow, yellow-orange, and orange-red for the seahorse
- small bit of black or dark iridescent piece for eye
3/4" vitreous glass tiles, white and blue for the border
Weldbond glue or other waterproof adhesive
wheeled glasscutters
black sanded grout
acrylic ad-mix for use in grout
latex gloves
eye protection
breathing mask
sponge
paper towels
1-gallon empty water or milk jug*
acrylic concrete sealer
3 foam brushes
fine-grit sandpaper
*Used as a mixing container for grout.

Steps:
1. Clean the terra cotta tray. Seal the back and front of the tray by painting on a 50/50 mixture of PVA glue and water. Let dry overnight. 2. Paint the inside bottom of the tray with white indoor-outdoor acrylic paint. Let dry according to indoor-outdoor paint instructions, usually about an hour.

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3. Lightly trace an appealing design onto the bottom of the tray with a pencil (figure A).
4. Cut pieces of glass and tile to fit the design. Adhere tiles by painting tray with PVA glue using a foam brush and fill a small section at a time. Fill the entire design with glass remembering to leave about 1/8 inch spacing between the glass pieces for grout (figures B and C).
5. When design is complete and covered in tile and glass, let PVA dry or cure for 24 to 48 hours.
6. Wearing a breathing mask and gloves, mix dry grout with acrylic ad-mix. Work grout until it is about the consistency of toothpaste. With your hands, spread and push the grout down into the spaces between the glass (figure D). After the grout is spread, let it sit for about 15 minutes. Remove as much grout from the surface as you can with a dry sponge (figure E). Wait another 15 minutes, then buff dry with a handful a paper towels.
7. After grout completely cures, usually 48 to 72 hours, seal the project with concrete sealer on both the front and back. Apply two to three coats of sealer, dry in between coats. Follow instructions on packaging for drying times.
E-mail: [email protected] ([email protected]) Website: www.artsy-girlmosaics.com (http://www.artsy-girlmosaics.com/)

NashkatJules
01-31-2008, 02:47 PM
Beautiful! I took a peek at your website and I see that your shop is here in Nashville, not too far from where I live. I may have to come check it out sometime. I have been doing mosaics for a long time and have made several birdbaths, tabletops, etc. Mosaics are so much fun!

agmosaics
01-31-2008, 03:19 PM
I'd love to see your work,...do you have a website?

lizajayne
01-31-2008, 03:56 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial, great description!

NashkatJules
01-31-2008, 04:12 PM
I'd love to see your work,...do you have a website?

Unfortunately no, I don't have a website. Most of the things I've done have been for friends and family, so I don't even have pictures to show for it, sorry. I haven't had much time to do much more than dabble in mosaics for the past few years, but I have thought about getting back to it someday soon. I already have all the tools I need, fwiw, but I do mostly murals now, so I don't use them much.
After checking out your website, I am definitely going to have to get by there. I just found a Jerry's Artarama store in that same shopping center last week and I am definitely planning on visiting that place again very soon.
Welcome to WC, btw. It's great to know that Nashville has someone as talented as you are living here. :clap:

agmosaics
01-31-2008, 04:45 PM
Unfortunately no, I don't have a website. Most of the things I've done have been for friends and family, so I don't even have pictures to show for it, sorry. I haven't had much time to do much more than dabble in mosaics for the past few years, but I have thought about getting back to it someday soon. I already have all the tools I need, fwiw, but I do mostly murals now, so I don't use them much.
After checking out your website, I am definitely going to have to get by there. I just found a Jerry's Artarama store in that same shopping center last week and I am definitely planning on visiting that place again very soon.
Welcome to WC, btw. It's great to know that Nashville has someone as talented as you are living here. :clap:


That was nice,...thank you.
Do you work in ceramic tile, stained glass or china/pottery?
Do you paint murals as a business? Jerry's Artarama is cool. I got some great Prismacolor pens there just last week. They seem to run pretty good sales.

NashkatJules
02-01-2008, 11:48 AM
That was nice,...thank you.
Do you work in ceramic tile, stained glass or china/pottery?
Do you paint murals as a business? Jerry's Artarama is cool. I got some great Prismacolor pens there just last week. They seem to run pretty good sales.

I've used all of the above in mosaics, but I like stained glass the best. I've done several birdbaths and tabletops with it. I just don't have the space here to do it much anymore.

I am trying to start a mural/faux finishing business here in town....working on a project right now as a matter of fact. It's hard to get established here for some reason, so it's not something I can make a living at...yet. Hopefully, someday..

Yes, I was amazed at the selection at Jerry's and their 20% off card will definitely insure a return visit from me. I could easily spend some big $$ in that place if I'm not careful! :lol:

agmosaics
02-01-2008, 12:37 PM
Well,...when you get back into mosaics stop by Stained Glass Accessories. Sam has the BEST prices on glass in our area.

I hope your mural business takes off!

NashkatJules
02-01-2008, 06:27 PM
Well,...when you get back into mosaics stop by Stained Glass Accessories. Sam has the BEST prices on glass in our area.

I hope your mural business takes off!

Thanks!

Who, what and where is Sam? You don't mean Sam's Wholesale Club, do you? I have bought most of the glass I use from a lady in Berry Hill....also took some stained glass classes from her years ago. Hobby Lobby also has sheets of glass, but not a very good selection, IMO.

agmosaics
02-04-2008, 10:59 AM
That store in Berry Hill closed a year or two ago. Her glass prices were sky high.
Sam is the owner of Stained Glass Accessories. That's the glass store over there by Jerry's Artorama. Sam has the largest selection of glass in our area,...and the most reasonable prices. Sam and Butch teach stained glass classes, I teach mosaic classes, and she has a few other artists come in from time to time and teach glass slumping, glass bead making and more. Stop by the shop and check it out next time you're in the area.

NashkatJules
02-05-2008, 12:48 AM
Yes, that place was a little high on their glass and their classes. Last time I checked it was $250....I do hate to hear that it closed tho, I liked the owner and she did some beautiful work.


I was in the area Saturday and stopped by there, but the store was already closed (it was after 4). From looking in the window tho, I could see that there were all kinds of beautiful pieces, so I am definitely coming back! I would like to take the leaded stained glass class and maybe some glass fusing classes too if they're available (I'm especially interested in learning how to make Dichroic pieces). I already know how to do mosaics, but I think it would be fun to take that class too, just for kicks. I've got a glass tabletop that I started a couple of years ago and just never finished, so maybe this will give me the incentive to get it done. Hope to see you there!