Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Garden Mosaics Class


So a year ago---yes, a year---I took a CRAFT mosaics class with my friend E. 
I did a lengthy post on it, then, lost it---somehow. Disgusted, I went on to
do something else. Cleaning my folders, I found these photos all ready to go. 


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Here is our instructor, Lisa Tolbert (left) from Mosaic Whimsies  setting up for the huge class.
I know this is a long post, so bear with me. 

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A greenhouse was the perfect place to do this kind of messy class. 
This was in March 2016.  We had 60 degrees when we went in, and then a rainstorm, then hail (not fun in a greenhouse) and finally snow in the three hours we were there---just an average spring day in Chicagoland.

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Well, here is the OLD bowling balls, all ready for us to choose from. Yes bowling balls to become 
mosaic gazing balls for your garden. A great REDO and GREEN project, everything used would normally end up in a landfill.  All your chipped dishware and trinkets, reused.

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Lisa had a few of her gorgeous pieces on display to inspire us. These were glass on glass windows. 
She teaches many classes and travels all over Chicagoland and N. Indiana.



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Her shabby chic pieces are always a favorite at local shows. Don't you love the pearls worked in.
 She does custom work for people. Check out her website.

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She had trays upon trays of scrap pottery, glass, baubles---
plus we all brought some things of our own to use.
 I think there were 18-20 people in this class. 
We each used a dollar store tray to pick out our pieces. 
It is surprising how many pieces it takes to cover a bowling ball.

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This was a large class for advanced or beginners. Lisa has quite a following. Here you can see the first of many weather changes---we went from HOT, to RAIN, to HAIL, to SLEET, to SNOW 
in three hours.

 The bowling balls were set hole down on flower pots for ease of working.


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First you cut your pieces into workable sizes. The curved surface provided a few challenges. 
E worked with lots of interesting bits and pieces: 
jewelry, small figurines, glass, mirrors, game parts, fun stuff. 


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Some people are extremely controlled and methodical and
 follow directions to use pieces of the same thickness. 

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You can't help but get movement in your designs on a round surface. Members of the class 
were nice enough to let me roam around and take pictures.

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E again---concentrating. You really have to think small areas with this sort of projects, or

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...go with a pattern and stick to it, long as those pieces don't run out!

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Here's Lisa gave technical advise and encouragement. 
Mosaics like this are not for the hesitant, because the adhesive can become crusty in no time. 
Then, you spend more time scraping stuff off then getting anything done. 



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Group shot, to show you how different the bowling balls morphed into gazing balls. 
Flowers were a big theme and super for the round shape.

Everyone was encouraged to take home extra pieces to complete the bottom at home. 
A quick tutorial on how to grout your piece, was given and after three hours or so--
we were all sent home in the snow. 


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I started with these sort of flower mandalay type shapes.

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The leaves are toward the bottom.  I worked with glass pieces surrounding my focal points.

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Loved all the vintage dishes worked into shapes. There is some transferware here.
I'm pretty freeform and work with however my pieces break.

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This circle has mostly iridescent glass---which should show up brilliant with sunlight.

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Blue and white----Most of my chipped cracked dishes were blue and white. I used a few low bowl pieces on here, which were great for the round shape.

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on the other side more blue and white.



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I finally found this wire vase late last fall, perfect as a stand for my first Mosaic Garden Ball. 
I think this post qualifies for vintage, even though I created something NEW.

Now to mix up some mossy green grout...
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This made quite a mess in the kitchen but went very fast. Roughly 30 min, from mixing to the end.



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After the grout is totally set, I will go back and scrub the surface clean with a scrubby.

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Now to spray the base, that will be another day, if we ever get Spring.

Thanks always for visiting. 
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15 comments:

  1. What a neat class! Miss Lisa is quite talented... and so are you! Love your creation and I bet it will look Fab when you set it out among the flowers (or wherever you plan to display it!) Thanks so much for visiting my Bella Blog and my LuRay post. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  2. Thanks Jillian, I have plans for a birth bath, and some patio tables. When the weather is warmer, it's a great craft to do under the trees. Sandi

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  3. I'm so glad that you found these photos, Sandi! I would so love to take a class on mosaics. Yours turned out so pretty and I'll bet you have it in your garden.
    Thank you for your visit to my post on my pistachio Bundt cake. I hope your hubby will like it!

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    1. Only real trick for mosaics is to have the proper tool for cutting plates etc, not the $10.00 version but a proper rotating disc tile cutter for about $30.00. The rest is imagination, adhesive and grout. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  4. OH WOW.... I absolutely love them... all of them. I would love to make something like that

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    1. Yes, Cherie, they were all gorgeous---and different. Letting people go with their imaginations and no strict rules, works every time. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  5. Oh wow, this is amazing. I would love to make something like this. Not sure if there is any classes around where I live but I will check it out. You did some great pieces :) Thanks for stopping by and linking up.

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    1. Hi, I just think doing is the best teaching method. You can get great online tutorials. Thanks, Sandi

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  6. This sounds like a fun class and your project turned out great!

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  7. Would love to try this. Wish I was close to you.

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    1. Cookie, try looking at some online videos, etc. The biggest thing is the cutter. I have used the cheap one---really sucks, and the expensive one which makes life easier. So for a $30.00 investment and a pile of broken dishes, you could make just about anything. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  8. It's beautiful Sandy! I have a friend that has done a lot of glass projects. She has done a bowling ball and also covered a wooden bird house. They are both darling! Last year she told me how and I covered a birdhouse that I have on a pole out back. Never got around to grouting it and now it's all falling off. Darn! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. Yes, the grouting----is the secret and is what makes it weather proof. Another step is to really seal all the wood with a primer, inside and out if possible. I'm on to some small table tops for the front porch as soon as the weather improves. Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  10. Thanks for sharing your post on Dagmar's Home! The new link party is open: http://www.dagmarbleasdale.com/2017/04/dreamcatcher-dagmars-home-link-party-161/

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Thank you for any and all comments. I will reply to any questions!
And great to meet you, Sandi