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Picture of MY 1ST MOSAIC
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I took a mosaics class last summer and made this seahorse mosaic.  I took the class to learn about making mosaics - I had never done this before and really didn't know what to do or how to start. Mosaics can be made with anything and mostly tiles are used, but this one was done with glass. 

I thought of an idea (seahorse), the instructor helped me sketch a rough pencil-outline of my idea onto a 16-inch square concrete tile.  i then set about selecting my glass.  I used an underwater photo I'd taken as a guide for selecting the colors.  Used an indoor-outdoor, clear-drying glue (Elmers, I think) to adhere the glass to the concrete form.  Used a rubber mallet to break glass into smaller pieces and tile nippers to nip glass edges into pleasing forms.  I just started filing in my outline.  I found that if I stepped away from the project from time to time I was able to get a better perspective.  When I was finally finished gluing, the instructor helped me to select a grout color (we chose a gray), apply and seal the grout to finalize the project.

I picked up an ornamental plate holder rack from the thrift store to hold the concrete tile and put it on the wall over my goldfish pond.

I can't wait to make another!  Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.
It's beautiful
Very lovely Mosaic. I love sea horses too. My aunt does stained glass and I think you gave me an idea now for a sea horse. She is going to have to let me borrow some pieces of glass..lol
tdc22022 years ago
That is really beautiful! Very nice for your first mosaic! I do Papier Mache and have been thinking of a project that looks like tile mosaic. Your work gives me inspiration! Thank you for sharing. I hope you do a step by step post next.
pravs2k2 years ago
It's so beautiful .I want to do one too.May I?
poofrabbit3 years ago
I adore mosaics! This is fantastic! Voted for you for the I made it! Good luck!
rschack3 years ago
Wow!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Gorgeous! I hope you can share your next one as a step-by-step
Creativeman3 years ago
That's really a great job, especially for your first project! Isn't it fun?
leonardml (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
Thank you for looking and your comments!
How did you make the eye?
leonardml (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
trade secret (used a small millifori bead)