Mosaic lessons

•July 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

So I was advised to use this backer board because it was lightweight.

And it is.  But it has some flex to it.  I thought it was ok.  When moving one of the smaller panels, this one piece kept popping off. (In the photo below, top center white area)  I realized it is the point where the panel flexes the most.

I stopped moving them unless absolutely necessary.  But I still noticed some breakage on some of the glass in that same general area, even just moving the panel outside. 😦

I don’t think it will effect the final design much, but a lesson learned.

Mosaic update: Pre-grouting

•July 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The two end panels are complete and I pre-grouted the bottom sections, as once they are installed they will be very difficult to access well.

Mosaic update: The Turtle isn’t Headless!

•July 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I got the eye back from the glass lady…and I just couldn’t make it fit.  I tried enlarging the head, giving it a brow, framing it in, nothing worked.   The eye read much more “fish” than “turtle”.

I decided to listen.  So the eye will be used in the next section for my parrot fish.

Working on the top!  I had to laugh at all the different ‘plans’ I had drawn…

The LAST PIECE (on the first half).

Mosaic update

•June 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I really fought the center of this wave.  I thought I wanted it dark.

Couldn’t get it to flow right.

So I went similar color, only clear.

Nope.  (Cutting a lot of glass and getting nowhere, people.)

A friend stopped by and asked about white.  I didn’t want to do the center white, all experience I have had watching waves told me the center is dark, hidden from the sun.  But it gave me an idea…

If I put a white edge on the deepest side of the turquoise…it would be a buffer between that and the center color…and make the circle smaller…and I could use my pretty piece!!!

I had to cut out the lighter edge, which still made me sad. But I think this piece needed to be here.

Some adjustments and installed.  PHEW!

Mosaic update

•June 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

So, it was time to start the wave.  I had looked up some stuff on Pinterest, as well as I had the idea from a painting I did awhile ago I wanted to incorporate.  I thought I had a mental picture of what I wanted to do.

Abstracty, wavey.  Yeah.

I’d been saving scraps, because I pictured it getting smaller and smaller as I went.

Sometimes, art tells YOU what it wants.

First of all, I had this GORGEOUS segment of glass that had this nice flow to it, this deep dark center with water-like drips flowing off that I thought would make the perfect center to the wave.  But it wasn’t a big enough piece.  The lighter edges weren’t going to translate from a distance and I would lose the ‘curl’ effect I was going for in this wave.  Sooooo I thought maybe instead of the curl it could be part of the rising pitch of the wave.

I just couldn’t get it to flow right!  The pigment was too similar to the pieces I had leading into them.  I finally decided to scrap the piece, even though I was totally in love with its beauty.  I mean, look at it.  Be sad with me.

It has bits of iridescence in it…ah well.  Sacrifice for the whole.

Moved on to other gorgeous glass that would fit the flow of wave, and design.

I thought I would talk a little about what I am thinking as I work.  Some of it is pretty non-verbal, I am just cutting and grinding and placing.  But I am looking at the flow of the glass, and spacing.

I am also looking to see how cut lines will help the design–like the pen mark on the upper turquoise piece.  See how that continues the curve?  Even though it is a solid piece of glass, I will cut it there.

I am also thinking strategically.  One if the difficulties for me is, glass is usually square.  So at some point I am going to run into straight lines.  The upper line was the end of the glass piece.  I added the lower line to echo it, so it wasn’t so isolated and obvious.

Onward!

 

 

Mosaic update

•May 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Added my humuhumunukunukuapua’a (state fish of Hawaii) and now I am moving on to the section on the left.

 

Mosaic update

•May 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Starting the next section.  I am placing these tesserae on site so that I know anything that goes with it will match up after it is installed.  The rest I will work on in my studio.