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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / another portrait mosaic - sid vicious on: March 29, 2006 01:12:37 PM
I made another portrait mosaic, this one a little bit more abstract but based on a pretty famous photo of sid vicious.  It's vitreous glass tile and grout on MDF.

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bob Dylan Mosaic on: March 17, 2006 09:57:50 AM
I've been very interested in doing mosaics lately and I decided to try something a little bit more arty.  I took a photograph of dylan, pixalated it using a graphics program, reduced the colors and screwed around with it a bit and printed it out.  Then I tried to match various colors of commercially available vitreous glass tile to the colors in my picture, gridded out a piece of MDF and glued the tile on.  A fair amount of trial and error was involved, but I'm quite pleased with the final, grouted product.

The first photo is a little blurry, which enhances the optical illusion, and second is from across the room.

The last is from pretty close and clear.

I've been experimenting with this technique on other sorts of images and have gotten some interesting results.

Here is a very close up picture that shows the details of the tiles.  I really like that up close it has a crafty, home made feel, when from far away it has a somewhat photo realistic effect.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Smashed keyboard mosaic on: January 20, 2006 08:37:17 AM
I saw a bag of computer keyboard keys in the trash and I thought I could use them to make my boyfriend something that said "I work in computers but I'm still punk rock" for his desk.  This is what I came up with:

It's computer keys, various styles of mosaic tiles and a few marbles on plywood.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / First post - First mosaic: Lava Lamp Shelf on: January 14, 2006 08:10:48 AM
I made some mistakes making this (most notably, all the vitreous glass tiles are upside down, the ridges are to create more surface area for the glue, though I kind of like the way it looks.)  That just helped me realize how hard it is to screw up a mosaic.  I chose a lava lamp as a design because I wanted an excuse to use a few different materials.  While there are things I would do differently if I had to do it all again, I am quite happy with it.  Most of the surface is 3/4 vitreous glass tiles, the body of the lamp is smalti and the glass part of the lamp (and lava) is glass.

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