Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Walking on Wednesday - The Beginning of My Mosaic Journey

Boxes full of broken glass ~
Be careful what you wish for.
For more years than I can remember, I have wanted to try mosaic's. I view things like dish sets, pieces of glass, and broken mugs as broken into tiny pieces waiting to be re-assembled and grouted into something beautiful. 

I have even purchased entire sets of dishes at yard sales just for the purpose of breaking and then mosaic'd. Of course, we are using one of said dish sets now, and I sold the others before we moved because I really couldn't justify spending the time, effort and money moving three sets of dishes with the hope of someday doing mosaics. 

I shouldn't have worried, because at our first estate sale here in NC, hubby got me an entire mess of broken glass (see photo to the left) because I was ALWAYS talking about how I wanted to do mosaics. Be careful what you wish for, right?

Meet Mr. Froggy. My first mosaic.
Well I am happy to say I finally got started with one of the things that has been on my 'someday I want to...' list.

I have to stop and smile sometimes - I am finally getting to what I have wanted to do for years and years. 
I thought I could easily get into mosaics, being that I took a stained glass class a few years ago and am familiar with working with glass, cutting glass, etc. But have I built it up too much? Have I made it more than it is?? 
Perhaps I have. 

Heals rather quickly, or else wasn't that bad of a cut,
but still, this is why there was a supply of
 Band-Aids in my stained glass tool box.
--Because all these pieces of broken glass need to be broken into smaller pieces for my forms. 
--Because I haven't used my glass scorer and glass tools in several years. 
--Because I forgot how the tiny shards of glass get everywhere.
--Because I forgot what it feels like to have small glass cuts on my hands. That happened yesterday within the first half hour of working with the glass. This isn't the fun part.

But I am close to the fun part. The design, the placement of the colors to create a beautiful butterfly. I can almost see the finished piece, even though I am really still at the beginning.

The beginnings of a butterfly.
It was so much easier to walk into a place that already had the glass cut, the forms ready, the glue and grout in nice single serving packages. But did I really want to skip that part of the journey? It is certainly expensive to do it that way, and there really are limits when you use someone else's tools, supplies, materials and space. 

No, the journey starts from the beginning, and the reward is much greater when you take each step on your own. You take on the picking of the glass, the breaking of the glass, the purchase of the glues and grouts, the designing your own forms and creating your own forms. 

Future dragonfly and butterfly.
I jumped in with both feet on this one. No holding someone's hand, no taking it from step three. From first to last, this is Raige's project. Raige in this case including hubby, as he drew and cut the forms for me. His sweat and tears are in this project too. Four saw blades and much frustration later I have three forms to use thanks to him. 
(Cement board, as it turns out, is NOT the best thing to use, so these three are the first and last forms using cement board.) 

Once a lovely tiled birdbath -
now pieces for my mosaics.
I am still looking at things and thinking 'hey, I could use that for mosaics'
This birdbath (to the right) started falling apart, so I thought 'perfect for mosaics'Washing each one is taking patience, but I am sure it will be worth it in the end. 
This IS better than having all the pieces set out before you, no back story, not much effort. THIS is what a project is about.

When you decide to take on a project - how do you view it? 

Do you jump in with both feet, or do you dip your toes in? 
Or - do you just ride the boat to the destination and try to enjoy it once there? 


  1. LOVE this! As a fellow glass artist, I know those feelings (including the "ouch" ones) so well. My stained glass studio has been packed away for several years and I'm longing to get back to it. There's nothing quite as thrilling as making glass break exactly as you want it....or making mosaics from the pieces that don't! You obviously have the eye for this craft. Your froggy is adorable! Well done!

  2. I LOVE moosaics and also have a stock of chipped and broken pieces for someday. Made one with my grandson and I KNOW I had more fun than he did! Go for it!!!

  3. I shall live vicariously through your efforts, Ms. Raige! Something I've always wanted to do, but life just got in the way.....your froggy is just delightful! GREAT first attempt - he should be your mascot!

  4. how exciting! I've never tried it but love the idea of breaking plates! And those bird bath mosaics look gorgeous. Can't wait to see more images of your work.

  5. This looks like a fun project!! I always wanted to try mosaic, but I know it will be just more stuff to take up space. I think its great that doing mosaic I hope you enjoy the process, and make lots of cool stuff.
    Everyday Inspired

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  7. You have certainly motivated me to never give up my dreams.

  8. How cool is that frog! Fantastic, and that was your first ! Those birdbath tiles look rather interesting.

  9. I am surprised this is something I really really enjoy actually. It is sometimes tedious, sometimes frustrating, but when I am doing it, I lose track of time and everything going on around me. That is awesome.

    Thank you all for your encouraging comments.

  10. Fantastic stuff! Looks really good.
    I definately jump in with both feet and then go whoops afterwards :-)


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