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DIY Mosaicwares

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Rebecca Dennis from Mosaicwares was in studio to share some of her one-of-a-kind wonders that she has created with chipped stained glass, salvaged china and tiles. You too can make your own masterpiece. Read on to find out how.

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INFO ON MOSAICWARES

  • Mosaicwares has been developing the technique of "pique assiette" evolving from tile to vintage china and stained glass.
  • Mosaicwares creation is at once classic and contemporary, a tribute to the sheer love of form, colour and texture.
  • It dates back to antiquity. Ancient Greeks fashioned beautifully decorated pavements working with the different coloured pebbles.
  • "Pique assiette" is a popular folk art style which recycled bits of broken china, glass, ceramic tile, potter, porcelain, stoneware, and found objects to make one-of-a-kind creations. It's attractive today to many people from around the world because it recycles materials, is inexpensive to make, and almost anyone can do it.
  • Although mosaics traditionally look "made at home with loving hands," it is just as easy to create a more modern, clean design.

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN MOSAICWARE PIECE OF ART

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Tools:
Nipper or tile clipper
Glass cutter
Glue spreader
Goggles
Mask
Latex or vinyl gloves

Materials:
Tile adhesive (for wood-based items) / silicone (for glass items)
Grout
Water
Sponge
Stained glass from a stained glass store. Ask them to chip pieces for you so they're easier to work with. Or you can source old china at an antique market that you can break up and use.

** Make sure to wear goggles and gloves when creating your piece of art. You're working with sharp glass.

Pick a glass vase, bowl, etc., that you want to work with and get started!

1. Silicone an area of the vase you want to start with.
2. Start clipping your stained glass/china.
3. Place your chosen chipped pieces of glass on silicone area and continue all over until vase is covered the way you like.
4. Let dry overnight.
5. Sand down any of the edges where the glass is really sharp.
6. Start applying grout all over the vase until all cracks and crevices are covered. Sponge off and let dry. DONE! Polish it up and put it on display.

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