1. Begin your search. Scour garage sales and thrift stores for dishes, pottery, sea glass, shells, pearls, stained glass or anything you think of that would look great in a mosaic. (Or, like I did, put out the word to your friends and have them drop off their broken pieces.)
Then the fun part!
Take a hammer to it or drop it “accidentally.” Be sure to wear safety glasses, little tiny pieces of glass fly everywhere and stick, even to eye balls!
2. prepare the surface…which depends on what you want to put it on.
Sand wood pieces and seal wood.
3. I wanted to have part of the piece be gold leafed so I taped off the mantel and undercoated those places I wanted gold with red craft acrylic paint. Then I placed the manufactured gold leaf adhesive over the dried red paint. After that was cured, which stays tacky I placed the gold leaf sheets on the piece.
4. I cleaned it up and then stained the gold to make it look aged.
5. Now is the fun part. With acrylic tile adhesive, or if you are doing it outside on cement use thin set morter adhesive, you basically frost the backs of your pieces you broke up and lay them however you want on your piece. It will take about 24 hours for the adhesive to really set up. You keep filling in the holes as much as you want until you completely go crazy and then you know you are done.
6. Don’t forget to jam to music or ponder, or sit in silence and pray. It is a great art meditative moment as you keep adding piece by piece.
7. Pretty soon you step back and notice that it is filling in and looking pretty cool! Kinda weird but cool!
8. Keep going!
9. Keep going!
10. Keep going for millions of hours!
11. Perhaps you can’t walk anymore but keep going!
12. Okay, I stopped and rested in-between. Then I faced the pieces again…
13. Then one day the last piece went in.
It was now ready to grout!
But I will post that later.
Now go have a cup of herbal tea!