Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Another Glass Tile Mosaic Mirror

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My green finished mosaic mirror.

I made a second mosaic mirror because the first was so much fun! This time, I used streaky green Bullseye glass and a slightly different pattern due to the frame width. I think when this one is finished, it will go in the guest bathroom and the blue streaky one will go in our en suite. This mosaic began as a $10 second hand mirror in a painted wood frame from the local Good Will thrift store.

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A thrifted mirror from Good Will.
 
Before beginning the mosaic, I completely stripped the existing paint and finish from the mirror, and then sealed the wood. Next, I cut different size tiles from sheets of Bullseye glass and laid out the pattern. Lastly, I glued the tiles to the frame using thinset.

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The finished tile layout.

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Add glass tiles to the frame.

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Continue adding tiles until complete.

I love the streaky green tiles that run around the frame. The colors are fresh and cool and very springy!

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My finished green mosaic mirror frame ready for hanging!

For instructions on how to create your own, click on the link below:

👀   Make a Mosaic Mirror   👀


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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

How to Make a Mosaic Mirror

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My finished mosaic mirror.

I love the deep midnight blues and cool shades of turquoise that play across the streaky glass tiles of the mosaic mirror. It reminds me of an a day spent by the ocean.

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Cutting white tiles from Bullseye glass.


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Cutting the blue streaky glass tiles.

To make each tile, I measure and hand cut each square and then carefully arrange them in a single layer to create a gradient that moves from shades of dark to light. The tiles are then "glued' to the frame with thin-set mortar. 
 
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The finished tile layout.


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Adding glass tiles to the frame.

Everyone needs a beautiful, sunny day by the sea to watch the blue waves slowly roll through the water. I hope this mirror reminds you of that day.

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My finished mosaic mirror frame ready for hanging!

If you would like complete instructions on how to create your own mosaic mirror, I posted them on Instructables. Click the link below to find them.

👀   Make a Mosaic Mirror   👀




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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Urban Sketching of Richmond Virginia

Here are a few very loose and very imperfect sketches from this month. I painted them using photos taken in Richmond, Virginia. Each sketch was first drawn in ink and then painted in watercolors.

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1000 W Franklin Watercolor Sketch

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting 1013 W Franklin Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
1013 W Franklin Watercolor Sketch

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting 1209 W Franklin Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
1209 W Franklin Watercolor Sketch

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting N Harrison Intersection Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
N Harrison Traffic Light Watercolor Sketch


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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

How To Make a Fused Glass Snowflake

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My finished glass snowflake.

I made a large fused glass snowflake for the Made With Math challenge on Instructables. I constructed the snowflake from the beginning, even drawing my own polar graph paper and then creating a tracing template to play with the different configurations. 

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How to draw your own snowflake.


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Glass snowflake ready for firing.

You can find the complete tutorial I published on Instructables.com at

👀   Make a Glass Snowflake   👀




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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

How To Make a Flower Mosaic from Broken Dishes

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My finished flower mosaic made from broken dishes.

I made a pink coneflower mosaic from thrift store dishes and scrap plywood. It cost about $7 and I think that's pretty amazing. Creating this mosaic probably took just as long as a smalti glass mosaic because of the prep time involved with each thrift store dish, but the lower cost and the challenge made it really fun!
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Using a dremel to remove the foot.

I had to remove the foot from each plate to flatten it and have better control of how each piece scored and broke. I did this with a dremel and a diamond wheel.

Once the foot was cut off, I could cut rectangles and squares in different shades of blue!

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Cutting plates into strips.

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The rectangles cut and sorted for the background.

I could even cut out petals and leaves!

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Scoring the flower petal segments.

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The flowers completed and ready for thin-set.

You can find a the complete tutorial I published on Instructables.com at

👀   Make a Flower Mosaic from Broken Dishes  👀  




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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

How To Make Your Own DIY Smalti Glass Tesserae for Mosaic

I wanted to make my own glass tesserae for a new mosaic. The tesserae are the pieces that you mosaic to your substrate or board. I have been working with Orsoni smalti in the direct method with no grout. The smalti I purchase from Italy is usually about 5/8" x 3/8" x 1/4" but does vary in size because it is handmade. Orsoni uses a large chopping machine to fracture the glass and then I place the cut side facing up in my mosaics. Here is the chopping machine my amazing husband made using my hardie and hammer so my arm wouldn't get tired!


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A diy homemade smalti chopping machine


Smalti starts as a round slab of opaque glass called a pizza. I can buy lots of solid colors, but not any streaky tessera. So my first step was to melt some scrap Bullseye glass into my own streaky glass pizzas using a pot melt techique in my kiln. 


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My kiln set-up to make pot melts.

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Pot melt pizzas from scrap Bullseye Glass


The finished glass pizzas are beautiful and can be used in other fused glass projects, but these are for mosaics. To chop up my glass pizzas, I used my very own smalti chopping machine. Here is a video of it in use, I think it really works phenomenally well. 



I took the time to chop up some streaky red, some green and a bit of blue. I am so happy with the results! I should note that the streaky glass did not always break square to the surface like the purchased Orsoni. This could be because I made the pizzas out of a different type of glass or maybe because the pizza is made of many different colors running at different angles to the surface. I'm not sure but I have so much glass made that I can pick and choose the pieces I use.


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Home made streaky red glass smalti

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Home made streaky green glass smalti

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Home made streaky blue glass smalti


Now to make some mosaics! Maybe a landscape with water flowing across or a field of trees in shades of green.


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Monday, September 20, 2021

How To Make a Fused Glass Abstract Landscape with Layers of Transparent Glass for Depth

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A finished fused glass abstract landscape in mini.

I love to create landscapes and cityscapes. When I begin a project, I usually start with a reference photo from a favorite place, but for my abstract landscapes I worked from memory. I hoped that maybe not beginning with a specific image would help me create a more abstract universal image of the landscape I was imagining. 


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My watercolor sketches for a fused glass abstract landscape.

My first step was to paint a few small watercolors and find the best place for my horizon, adding in distant islands and the rocky shore up close. With each iteration, I came closer to the colors and layers I wanted. I tried more greens and thought about some colors opposite blue on the color wheel but decided the yellows of the spring green were too bold. Looking at the finished little watercolor sketches, I wished for the cooler tones of blue and purple.


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Bullseye glass in shades of blue and purple.

My next step was to find the glass palette I wanted to use. I opened my bins of Bullseye glass sorted by color family and found the shades of turquoise and sky blue that paired well with the lavender and plum. After I cut my base clear base glass, I added a metal ring for hanging.


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Fused glass abstract landscapes in progress.

I still couldn't settle on a completely cool palette, so I created 2 versions to play with the tones. It took longer than expected to place the fiddly little bits and I become too focused on each piece. Reminding myself that this was just an abstraction, I added a second layer of color.

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The glass layers of an unfired fused glass abstract landscape.

Layering transparent glass can create different results, like a third color, a greater color saturation, or a dilution of an area for more transparency. These effects really show after firing in my kiln. All the layers are fused together when the glass is heated to 1375 degF, but you can still feel the contours of each piece.

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Firing my abstract fused glass mini landscapes.


I tried to avoid creating too much detail with tiny bits of darker glass or any complementary colors that might draw your eye to any specific place. I wanted the horizon and the shore to be the only focal points in the finished tiny abstract landscape.


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