Hi everyone! I don't do glass crafts..well..ever really but my aunt had a huge mosaic party and being the undiscriminating craftster that I am, I had to partake! All the ladies there were quite a bit older than I and they oohed and ahhed over the expensive beads and glass that my aunt bought to share/sell to them. They each must have spent about oh.. $40 to $50 on their mosaic mirrors by the end but I am very frugal minded (read: cheap) so I searched the glass craft board until I found a mosaic that I could afford. Then I found Meaco's wonderfully inspiring post about a mirror she made for her boys: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=239977.msg2640053#msg2640053
She mosaic'd with clear class over decoupaged scrap book paper. GENIUS!
So inspiration struck: my mom wanted a picture tray (idky since she just puts stuff on top of the pics...) and I wanted a unique way to display a picture of my fiance and I.
So I went to the thrift store and I found
its some kind of calendar thing that stands up like a photo would 50 cents woohoo
a tray thing 1.50 wooooo
So I decoupaged the pics on to each of them first and then I mosaic'd clear glass over them and grouted with black grout. Here's how it went:
and this is the glueing process. Cover the whole piece of glass with glue ( I just used mod podge) and smoosh it down on the picture you want to "frame" with the glass. You only really get one good smoosh cuz there is no going back and you don't want any bubbles and sometimes you can work the bubbles out but not all the time. I think in biology i remember you were supposed to drop the slide cover onto the slide at a 45 degree angle to minimize bubble-age...and pretty much thats what I did. Don't put too much glue though because I did on some of them and thats why some pics are very blurry. took 2 DAYS to dry, i was so worried. but they finally did dry and they bled..Ok I just printed them on regular paper though so maybe photo paper would be better, idk.
this close up shows the blurryness:
and this one shows bubbles:
finished with paint:
and I did the family names all around the outside:
OK next mosaic:
Most of the glass and some is glued already:
close up of some more bubble-age:
So all in all, both of my projects cost me about $4 in materials (tray, frame thing and the clear glass which was from thrift store cheap-o frames) and then I had to pay my aunt $8 in materials. so what, $6 each? not bad, not bad.
Please, C&C welcome..I definitely want to do this again and if you have any suggestions please tell me!