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Thanks for visiting my site. My name is Christine and I like mosaics. A lot. You can find out more about me and my work by clicking on the ‘About Me’ button on the top menu.

Mosaic Wine Bottles

Just planning some new workshops and thought I’d offer wine bottles templates to mosaic as well as the mosaic ‘Smash and Grab’ teapot. For these, we’ll be using stained glass, and other mixed media, rather than broken china and pottery. With ‘D’ wall hanging attachments, these will make really unusual and unique wall hangings. Please click on images to enlarge:

 

 

Crane Mosaic

This mosaic was made using iridescent glass and Italian Smalti and I like the way light changes it’s appearance. In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. As a result, in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”.

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Smalti (the plural of smalto) are specialised mosaic tesserae made from richly coloured glass. Originally developed for Byzantine mosaics, the glass contains metal oxides which produce an almost infinite range of colour possibilities. Translated to English, “smalti” means “enamel”. Smalti are unique as a mosaic material and in addition to being weather resistant they offer incomparable reflective power and iridescent brilliance. The color variations are practically unlimited and number over 25,000 and vary according to the type of metal oxides used and the melting temperature.

Some of the beautiful Smalti that I use:

‘Smash and Grab mosaic teapot’

So, dropped your favourite plate and been left with the broken pieces? No problem. you can up-cycle it into a lovely unique  mosaic wall hanging. I’m finding this workshop project really popular as each finished piece is totally unique. Please contact me at pendragonmosaics@gmail.com if you would like details of workshops. They’re great fun and I can guarantee a smashing time! (sorry – couldn’t resist).