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« on: August 27, 2007 09:17:24 AM »

This is a GOG (glass on glass) mosaic Ive been working on, and I need to get some opinions before I proceed to complete it.

First the design is inspired by Piet Mondrian's style of art. It is on an old window that measures 2 foot x 3 foot. All pieces used are stained glass in red, green, gold, yellow, clear, white and all trimmed in black opal.

Here are the questions:
  • Paint frame black?
  • Grout with clear silicone resin sealant?
  • Grout with black instead of clear?

Image of WIP so far:


To see a larger image: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1245/1249595113_ee2e06926f_o.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2007 09:30:21 AM »

Looks really great Smiley
I'd use either eggshell white for the frame and same for grouting or black frame, black grout.
I think clear silicone wouldn't let the colors shine as much as black will, so I guess I'd go with black rather than anything else. Whatever you do, please do show the results! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2007 09:32:03 AM »

I would definitely go with a black frame, but I would go for a clear grout, so that the thick black lines can really stand out as borders, if you see what I mean.

ETA: Also, that's gorgeous.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2007 09:47:27 AM »

First the design is inspired by Piet Mondrian's style of art.
It actually reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright.

I second the clear grout for the same reasons.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2007 09:48:54 AM »

I agree, black frame but I can't decide on the grout...but i'm leaning towards black.  Can't wait to see it finished!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2007 09:57:16 AM »

I agree with black frame.  I think black grout would be best because it would emphasize the stained glass look (like leading).
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2007 10:38:03 AM »

Thank you all for your input! Someone did me the favor of Photoshopping the frame black to see what it would look like:


I think the black looks much better! Still would like input on the grout question. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2007 12:03:19 PM »

HSG, your mosaics just ASTOUND me.  Smiley  You are such a talented artist.  The composition here is marvelous!

I would say, black frame AND black grout.  I just absolutely love black grout, and I know it would do something amazing to that yellow glass! 

That's my .02 cents worth!

PS:  I *always* struggle on grout color.  It's SUCH a big commitment after all that mosaic work. 

Smiley

GET GROUTIN' GIRL!  Let's see the finished piece!

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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2007 12:40:01 PM »

Thank you so much Karen! Very kind words, and helpful ones also. Smiley

Right back at ya' on the talent part! Wink
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2007 03:54:13 PM »

I am not sure about black grout, I think your black outlines would get lost. I think clear grout would look good. Nice job on it! It looks great! where are you going to put it?Huh?
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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2007 04:24:13 PM »

I am usually a fan of black grout, but I would go for clear with this project because I think it would detract from the black/dark glass you used in the design, but again that is my 2 pennies. 

BTW That is gorgeous!

Quick question.  How did you adhere the glass tiles?  Did you use E600, epoxy or another glue?  Thanks
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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2007 05:18:23 PM »

Thank you for the input! I appreciate the other points of view. Smiley

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I'm going to hang it in one of the windows of my dining room.

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The glass is adhered with GEII clear silicone in a caulk gun. It works best with glass on glass projects, I've found.

Think I will try to start the grouting tomorrow or Wednesday. Also in the middle of painting my kitchen.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2007 06:05:08 AM »

EEP! I love it! Your work is so inspiring.  Smiley

I say black frame and black grout. That would make a bold statement.
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2007 06:52:51 AM »

I think I would go clear silicon to keep the clear part on the bottom clear. I really like how it looks now, and I'm not sure if it would look as cool with the black.
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2007 07:04:35 AM »

Awww! Thanks PinkyK! Smiley

Have to say I'm leaning to the regular grout in a dark color. I've been looking at it (have it in my kitchen whilst painting), and I really think the dark grout would make the colors pop. But not completely decided yet.  Roll Eyes

Someone make up my mind!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2007 04:57:15 PM »

Completed this mosaic piece this evening, and here is the final work.

Close up of glass grouted:




Final Image:


Link to Larger Image

Thanks for looking, and as always any comments, questions or suggestions are welcome! Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2007 05:09:11 PM »

That is a gorgeous piece of glasswork!
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2007 06:29:26 PM »

Totally awesome!!!
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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2007 07:03:00 PM »

Thank you both Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2007 07:50:26 PM »

Gorgeous! It looks terrific!
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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2007 04:31:07 AM »

Thanks for checking it out. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2007 08:11:22 AM »

:::: falls on the floor ::::

I'm floored!  Smiley

HSG, black was the perfect choice for this piece.  Now, shall I send my address so that you can mail it to me?!?! 

Black was *THE* perfect choice for this piece.  It pops all of the vibrant colors for you, and demonstrates your (as usual ) perfect grout lines, and each individual piece of glass.

Well done, my friend!

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« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2007 08:14:55 AM »

I am glad you followed your instincts.  The black is beautiful! 
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« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2007 11:23:40 AM »

Thank you Karen! Very kind of you, and flattered you like it. Smiley

Thank you too Pheather! Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2007 11:31:07 AM »

Gosh, that is really amazing! I am so inspired! Beautiful work! I am a dabbler with little equipment so glass seems really intimidating to me. But I have done mosaics, it just never occurred to me to put glass on glass (I'm sheltered, LOL). I may just have to try it. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2007 11:36:43 AM »

No problem batgirl! And if you should have any questions if you decide to venture further into mosaics, I'd be happy to help. Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2007 11:39:10 AM »

Thanks! I have one already! What are the adhesive options? I know you said you used a caulk gun, but barring that, will something like E6000 work? And, it's just ordinary window glass, right? *can't wait to go home and raid basement for old windows*  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2007 11:45:18 AM »

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I am not the expert, but my aunt who is a Fused Glass artist swears by E600 for glass on glass, and glass on metal/wood applications.  She has been using it to make pins, jewelery, tile/mosaic furniture as well as make drawer pulls and cabinet hardware for years.  I would say that for a beginner it would be a good start.
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« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2007 11:47:10 AM »

Thanks! I use it for...everything! Including, on occassion, finger on metal and finger on thumb applications!  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2007 02:52:24 PM »

Yes, you can use E6000, but that can get expensive if it is a bigger mosaic.

The GEII silicone also comes in squeeze tubes at any home improvement or hardware stores. It comes in clear, and is about $5.00 for a tube that will do a few projects.

If you're doing a project for outside there are other adhesive options, too.

Please, post pictures of any mosaics. It would be nice to see others work. Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2007 04:02:02 PM »

Looks really awesome *envious*
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« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2007 07:12:36 PM »

I think the frame and the grout would look good in black! The black seems like it would offset the colors nicely  Smiley
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Beautiful, beautiful work.
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« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2007 03:29:11 PM »

Thanks!  Smiley
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Please think twice before using black grout. You have some very nice contrasts. I do use black more than any other grout, but, it isn't necessarily the best choice in every application. I think that the dark/light contrast, especially in the clear or frosted glass on the lower left could be lost if you use black. Also, I would use black ,eggshell type finish on the frame. Then texture it with red some how. What ever you decide, I really like this piece. Nice work.
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well, ...I went back after I posted my 2 cents. ...It looks very good. So, there you go.....what do I know?
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« Reply #36 on: November 20, 2007 01:02:17 PM »

So, I found some old windows on Craigslist and they are now in my car, hoping to become something half as cool as this! Thanks for the inspiration! Now to figure out a design and find some glass! Fun! Any advice you have on either of those would be great.  Wink
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« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2007 03:01:02 PM »

That is great! I'm honored to be an inspiration for you.  Smiley

The design depends on what you're looking for as far as traditional, modern, abstract, etc.

Will it be for you, or someone else? Colors are important also, but that will be driven by the design you choose.

I posted a couple more links for online sites to order from, in the resource topic for you.

Craig's List? I need to check that out. Everyone keeps talking about all the great finds on there. Have you had much luck other than the window score?
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« Reply #38 on: November 20, 2007 04:59:15 PM »

Thanks! I am excited! I may have to wait until after the holidays to really start but I have already sketched out a rough design. I have 1 plain square window and 2 that are 3 narrow panes, 1 small and 1 big. I have a design for the 3 paned ones, just need to decide if I should start big or small!
I love Craigslist, I buy and sell things on there all the time. I redecorated my living room for "free" by selling my furniture and limiting my budget to what I sold. It was a fun project!

Did you draw your design on the glass, or put paper under it? Or are you some kind of crafting superhero who doesn't need to follow lines?  Wink (it wouldn't surprise me, this may be my favorite thing ever on Craftster)
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« Reply #39 on: November 20, 2007 05:54:41 PM »

Those are some great deals you got! I'm gonna have to check out Craig's List in my area...Hubby may not like the outcome. Wink

Generally when I do glass on glass I draw my design, and put it underneath as I lay out the basics. Just because I am pretty anal.  Grin

I'm hoping to find an older window pane that is either 4 or 6 panels. I want to do a fireplace screen for my living room. If I can find what I want in a reasonable amount of time I will try to get glass and frame it myself for the project.

Please post progress of this project. I would love to see what you're working on. Smiley It is great to have another person on Craftster doing mosaics.
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Thank you for checking it out! Smiley
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