Mosaics made of Glass orTile forum: It takes more than bits and pieces to make a mosaic

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ImageMikeJ
Mar 20, 2011 10:39 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
I'm always envious of the people that can take bits and pieces of different colored glass or tile, rocks or even paper and turn it into a wonderful piece of art. I've tried a number of times but it seems no matter what colors and how many different shapes of bits and pieces I have, I end up with a pile of colorful bits and pieces... and even then you have to look twice to see that it is just a pile of bits and pieces. No talent whats so ever. Rolling on the floor laughing

That doesn't keep me from trying though. I'm a glass fuser and my goal is to do a fused glass mosaic. This means I need glass that is compatible with itself. You guys have it easy, you just grab anything, squirt some glue on it and stick it in place. Piece of cake. Hilarious! I know though that it wouldn't matter what it was, some of you could do a beautiful mosaic out of burlap and bailing wire if you wanted to.

Anyway, so I have lots of glass scrap from the things I've been trying to fuse (yep, no talent there either so I have lots of scrap) so I got the bright idea to turn it into bits and pieces that could be used to create a mosaic. After all, the more you have, the easier it will be, right? Yea, you don't have to tell me that that idea has a few holes in it. Rolling on the floor laughing

I did find out though that I'm really good at making bits and pieces. I think I've found my calling... if nothing else, they sure are purrtty bits and pieces. I started out with a few than a few more and then I went to my big 21" shelf and now I have 7 pounds of bits and pieces and still have a few more shelf fulls to go before I've used up all the scrap I think is worth nipping and fusing. At least I'm reducing the amount of scrap I had. Hilarious! Here are a couple of pictures of what I have. If anyone sees a mosaic or two in there, let me know.

Thumb of 2011-03-21/MikeJ/19f07c

This is an area of about 22" x 22" and takes up most of the table where I work with glass.

Thumb of 2011-03-21/MikeJ/39c760

This is a close up of the above pile. It's kind of like polished agates and other colorful rocks when I run it through my hands and it has the neatest tinkle as the glass hits each other. So, does anyone see something in this pile? :D

Mike
ImageGourd
Mar 21, 2011 1:54 AM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Mike, you are so talented there are no words for me to describe what you do with the fusing.. I wish I could do what you do.

About the small pieces of colorful scrap, I was thinking that you could use it to make the borders, like framing whatever it is that you would make and so it would not get lost, use solid colors for your main theme/item. You could make the borders wide and/or thin, either way, it would look beautiful.

A butterfly would look great too, making each section of the wings in some of the mix colors, then make some solid big pieces, you would have to grind the sections of the larger pieces. These pieces would work in any mosiac.. I've been cutting my scrap also and getting them ready in baggies. You know that they sell cut up pieces for 6.00 a pound, so this is good that you are putting them to good use.

If you just tack fuse on other glass, the glass doesn't have to be compatible does it? I thought you could tack fuse several of one kind into small tiles (making your tiles the same color and size) then adding the confetti look to it. Some of those would make great fish too.

Do you have an idea of what theme you want yet? Size? on wood, glass, etc..?
A.
ImageMikeJ
Mar 21, 2011 5:16 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
Thanks, Gourd. I have a pretty good idea on the technical part of fusing, which is part of the process, it's the talent side that knows how to use the technical side that I lack.

No, even if you only tack fuse, the glass has to be compatible or at some point the two types of glass could have a parting of the ways because of the stress that is built up right where the two glasses joined. So these could be used to glue onto other glass, but it couldn't (or at least shouldn't) be fused with glass other than the same type Bullseye glass I've made these all out of.

I have thought of fish as I like doing fish skeletons (I don't know if I've posted the fish bones I've done on here), but I need to cut some pieces that are more like the rib bones. I have pieces that would make good heads and tails and fins, but the skeleton part needs some longer thin pieces for the bones. I've also looked for some bone patterns to model after as well, but haven't found a good one that would work with fusing yet. I think if I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do, it would have worked better since I would have cut pieces that more fit with that idea. But I know there is something in this pile, I just have to keep poking at it until I uncover it. :D

Mike
denimangle
Apr 26, 2011 6:35 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
not much to offer here as I just started doing glass mosaic. But I pick my pattern or subject first then the glass from my scrap glass pile. it might help if you had something im mind as you were cutting up the glass and just mixing it all together . But if anyone can get you going its Gourd Thumbs up
ImageMikeJ
Apr 26, 2011 8:33 PM CST
Name: Mike
Hillsboro, OR
I've used a little bit of it so far (some of it on the Pirate Fish I posted in the other forum) but I've still not come up with anything to use a bunch on. When I come up with an idea I find I don't have enough of the color or shapes I need, but that's the way it is with me...no matter how much glass and frit I have on hand, it's never the right kind so I have to buy more. Ha!

I have separated out all the black pieces though. I want to make ants out of them, which is what got me started doing all of these to begin with. I want to do a fused ant farm from the side view with the tunnels showing and ants crawling up and down the tunnels. I can see it in my mind but I've not found a way to get it out yet. I put a whole new meaning on the term "closed mind". LOL!

Mike
ImageBudgielover
Apr 27, 2011 4:59 AM CST
Name: Jan
St. Pete,FL
I use them to decorate small items to that I can recycle like cans, wood cigar boxes, those little wood birdhouses from the craft store, etc.. I usually give them as gifts.
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ImageGourd
Jan 14, 2012 2:24 PM CST
Name: Gourd
Z-7 Gourds & A Touch Of Glass Forum
Mike,
Just wondering if you got some of the pieces used and would love to see the project.
A.
denimangle
Feb 12, 2012 7:53 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
OK Mike you must have come up with something by now
let us see Whistling

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