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Mosaics and Lead lighting. Answered

Hi all. I am  a new member with tons of creativity inside me. I create stuff from other peoples junk. For many years I have wanted to turn my hand at Mosaics and Lead Lighting. I want to create a beach scene in Mosaic of Shoalwater Bay/ Penquin Island which is near Rockingham, Western Australia. I already have painted a 16 foot by 7 mural of this idyllic part of the world on my lounge room wall. Looks magnificent. I want the mosaic to be at least 4 feet by 3 feet. How do I stop the mosaic from sliding off the mounting board? Do I drill a myriad of small hole into the board so as to give the medium purchase?
Also I want to make Lead Light full window coverings, from 2 feet square up to 4 feet square.
Are there any members who would like to give me some clues on how to begin?
In researching accessibility of stain glass I have not had a lot of success here in Perth, Australia. Maybe I need to go to junk yards?
Thank you for reading my request. Anticipation is high that I will actually begin creating my creations.

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Yorkshire Lass (author)2017-02-13

+1 as regards the mosaic - do it on a horizontal board, then hang it. You could recess it into the plaster (or plaster up to it) if you want it to look like it was done in situ.

If there are no stained glass suppliers anywhere near you then you could perhaps consider painting your design using glass paints instead. It won't look much like the real thing though.

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bretrick (author)Yorkshire Lass2017-02-15

Thank you for your advice.I think I have enough info and courage to attempt my Mosaic.

Lead lighting seems more problematic. Not easy to get hold of, scrap stained glass.

There are a couple of stain glass businesses in the city. I sent them an e mail and received no response.

May have to put this project on the back burner again.. Painting the glass is not what I am looking at. Poor substitute.

Thanks again

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Yorkshire Lass (author)bretrick2017-02-16

Another thing to consider when using offcuts of glass is that they may be rather old - because workshops clear them out infrequently. Cutting and "nibbling" art glass is not easy until you gain some experience, and cutting aged art glass is even harder. Practice cutting curves and straight lines in fresh 4mm window glass to give yourself a better chance of avoiding wastage once you do get your hands on some more interesting glass.

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Downunder35m (author)2017-02-10

Mosaics are usually done flat and once glued on and the grouting is in they go vertical....
If you make the tile adhesive quite runny you can use a drop of hot glue to keep a piece in place and level it, once done (or partially) fill the void with the adhesive.
For the lamps you might have a problem as colored, flat glass is often hard to find down here.
An old neighbour of mine did it years ago for lamps and such but he already ordered the glass sheets from asia....

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bretrick (author)Downunder35m2017-02-10

Thanks for the advice. I have made some tentative enquiries re stained glass and as you say, not easily available. Might try junk yards for broken pieces. Not looking for full panes.

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Downunder35m (author)bretrick2017-02-10

I hope you have more luck than I had when I tried some years ago.
Main problem is that noone keeps broken things anymore and most places have no clue about stained glass and they bin it anyway.
One thing you can still try is to visit the big catholic churches in your area.
No, not to pray or get a blessing - ask them who they contact if some of their stained glass windows would need a repair.
There are only a few guys left in AU doing these jobs but if you are lucky one is close enough for a visit.
You need lots of tiny pieces - what would be junk to them.
If you ask nice you might be able to get a few kg in different colors for a slab of beer ;)

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