Making Mosaics

Dragon Part 3

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The outline has been completed in black stained glass. As stated in a previous post, it’s important that you have a good amount of glue on the outline. In this case, there is excess glue after laying down the tesserae. You see gold Van Gogh for the interior of the dragon, and red for some of the background. Because red, gold and black are bold colors, I am considering a rich blue either as part of a double border, or in the background in some capacity.

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Making Mosaics

Dragon, Part 2

Quite often, I will have an idea and then change it several times. Originally, I had planned a larger version of this dragon, using some less expensive tesserae. As stated in a previous post, making a larger more intricate design is much easier than a smaller version. Working with glass is a difficult medium in that glass is not always cooperative… I have changed the design from a large rectangle to a smaller square. That meant a few design changes for the dragon.

One of the ways I try to save money is using leftover wood in the studio. However, in this case, that would not have been the wisest decision. The rectangular pieces of wood I had left were very large, and that would mean a lot of background to mosaic. The background is not the focus, so I don’t want to use excess tesserae. In addition, I would have been “wiped out” in 2 colors. So, the design was scaled down. Because the dragon is smaller, I will be able to switch to more expensive tesserae. This dragon calls for it!

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Flora’s Selfless Son

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This is a perfect example of our wonderful middle school students:

He earned enough mosaic money to have his own mosaic, but he chose one as a gift. This student wanted something special for his mom. He requested her name in black ceramic letters, a purple border and pink for the background. I put in a second border around her name, for effect.

Again, you will note the grid. In designing mosaics, I often use one.

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