I love mosaics! Honestly it is one of my favorite things. I love them so much I tiled my entire kitchen and den mosaic.
This was the hardest DIY I have ever done, back breaking work! But this is a post about a frame so let's move on....
Here are the basic supplies you need.
A picture frame, Weldbond glue (or any glue that dries clear), snippers (can be purchased at Loew's or Home Depot for under 10.00), glass marbles that are flat on one side.
Simply place a flat marble between the snippers and apply pressure until it breaks. I would suggest wearing protective safety glasses when you do this. I also hold the snippers down into a bowl so that the marbles don't fly across the room. (Note: this is glass. Obviously you can cut yourself but if you are careful you should be ok, I have done this many times and never cut myself.)
Spread some glue on your board and place the cut part of the marble on the glue. Also, every marble has a flat side and a round side. I placed the flat side of the marble around the edge of the frame. It doesn't matter which way you place them just be consistent.
I think you can see what I mean here a little easier. All the flat sides face the same way.
Also make sure you pay attention to how you line them up. This is an example of what NOT to do. Notice the 2 different lines are kinda lined up.
Here is how you want to do it, stagger one row after the other, kinda like a brick wall. It helps to fill in the gaps better.
This is what is really cool about this technique. All the marbles are at different levels giving it a really neat texture.
Here is the finished project. I just love the way it looks. This is my favorite color combination because it looks like water from a distance.
Here is a little closer look. This is such and easy, and inexpensive little project. I hope you give it a try.
Kids can even do it! This project was done by 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at my church. What about you do you love mosaics? I will leave you with my favorite artist, she is amazing! Her name is Sonia King. I would love to follow her around for a day or play in her studio.
Ok, I told you I love her, I can't just show you one!
These are all at a local hospital, we are lucky to have her. She travels the world to study and teach. I once took a class with her mom. This is a piece she was working on in the class. Can I say I LOVE it one more time???
Anyway my floor is no way near this fantastic but I love it and I love creating any kind of mosaic. Some day I hope to go back and take some more classes.