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1. Make the glass strips as wide as youd like your mosaic chunks to be. Strips about 1/2 to 3/4 usually work well. 2. Snip small pieces off the strip. Aiming your mosaic cutter straight across the strip will produce squares and rectangles. Aiming the cutter at an angle (the same angle each time you cut) will give you diamonds. A combination of aiming straight across the strip and at alternating angles will produce triangles. 3. Once youve aimed the cutter, just squeeze the handles until a piece of glass breaks off. Or, you can snip pieces off a larger piece of glass. Cut near the edge and work towards the middle. This will produce random moon shaped pieces, which you can use to fill in small areas of background. They also make nice leaves.
Mosaics add charm and whimsy to any room in your home or corner of your garden. Mosaics are not only beautiful to display, but they are truly a lot of fun to make. Traditional mosaics are made by cutting tiny pieces of glass and fitting them together with just enough space between each piece for grout. Traditions change, however, and todays contemporary mosaics are not only made from glass but broken china pieces, buttons, shells and even Grandmas rhinestone jewelry. To begin, choose an item on which to mosaic- fountains, small bistro tables and stepping stones are good starting places, but generally mosaics can be applied to any and all surfaces. If youve chosen a smooth surface, rough it up first using fine grit sandpaper or score it using a craft knife. A rough surface will allow the adhesive to form a better grip. Next, decide on a pattern for
We believe that Delphi Art Glass classes can lead to a lifetime hobby and thousands of hours of enjoyable creativity. Guests enjoy a fun art glass class with other students while learning new tricks and techniques. Our experienced and enthusiastic artists guide students step-by-step to create their own works of art. Delphi Art Glass classes are a fun and creative hands-on group experience. Students share ideas and learn skills and techniques in an enjoyable, creative community environment under the guidance of experienced art glass instructors. We believe in helping people be creative and making the glass arts enjoyable and rewarding. Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic artists. Its a colorful, casual party atmosphere where youll leave your cares behind and go home with a one-of-a-kind project created by you. Visit Delphi Glass http //www.delphiglass.com/ https //www.facebook.com/delphiglass https //twitter.com/DelphiGlass https //www.pinterest.com/DelphiGlass/ http //www.delphiglass.com/blog Subscribe to Delphi Glass for more videos and project ideas https //www.youtube.com/DelphiGlass
For all of you glass hobbyists who would love to work with mosaics but havent gotten up enough courage, this article is for you. This project will give you the chance to create three tiles that are meant to be used as a wall hanging. We used the same process as the one for making stepping-stones. But the main difference in making a wall hanging is the thicknesswe will use only half of the recommended amount of DiamondCrete for the 12 square mold. Our design is an elegant Victorian motif that can be built as shown in three 12 square tiles and hung about 1 apart, or the project can be simplified by using just the center design. Leave out the two pieces to the far right and left of the center design and this would look fine by itself as a wall hanging or a stepping-stone. Just remember
In keeping with our recent theme of Recycled Art, were featuring glass artist Patti Lenckus. Her scrap glass mosaics are made from leftover glass otherwise headed for the landfill. Read how she got started in this Earth-friendly endeavor. Stained Glass Artist Patti Lenckus of Norman, Oklahoma has been saving her scraps for years. She has a five-shelf storage cart with bins, and she meticulously divides each piece of scrap by its color. Last year, she started using this glass to create mosaics. My first project was a picture of a flower vase created on an unfinished wooden tray that I found at a local craft store, Patti says. I had so much fun that I decided to teach a mosaic class at the local art center to share what I had learned. I taught my students to make pictures from scrap glass on a piece of floor tile. Patti also
Delphi Glass was founded on the belief that making art glass projects should be enjoyable and rewarding for everyone, from budding craftspeople to professional artists. We believe in helping people be creative and making the glass arts enjoyable and rewarding. Delphi fulfills its commitment to the arts by assisting creative projects of individuals and supporting the development of educational programs in schools and communities. Throughout the year Delphi hosts some of the biggest events in the art glass community. Learn about our annual Art Glass Festival and juried contest at https //www.delphiglass.com/gallery/agf_info See all our Upcoming Classes & Events here https //www.delphiglass.com/page/workshops_main Visit Delphi Glass http //www.delphiglass.com/ https //www.facebook.com/delphiglass https //twitter.com/DelphiGlass https //www.pinterest.com/DelphiGlass/ http //www.delphiglass.com/blog Subscribe to Delphi Glass for more videos and project ideas https //www.youtube.com/DelphiGlass
When Charity Stewarts mosaic mirror made of old Starbucks Gift Cards was posted to our Artist Gallery as part of our Recycled Arts Contest, I couldnt help but notice. Cheerily nicknamed Momma Mosaics, Charity creates brightly colored art that is whimsical and playful. She has mastered the art of using paper under glass, and repurposing found objects. We caught up with her to ask her a few questions about her signature style. How did you get started in glass? I discovered the joy of glass at the age of 12, when I was introduced to stained glass art by my grandmother. She inspired me to explore my creative side as we worked side-by-side in her tiny basement studio, cutting and grinding pieces for a large window panel. Those lessons in creativity launched my interest in glass art and eventually led me to classes in fusing and mosaics. Why mosaics? Have
The art of assembling small fragments of glass, stone and other materials to form a larger image is known as mosaics. What is much less known is that this practice is about 4,000 years old or so. Some of the most famous pieces of the world’s artistic history were mosaics, like this Roman piece found in Turkey of a gypsy girl, estimated to be from the 2nd Century CE. If you’re looking to make your own bigger picture, you’ll need to choose your mosaic pattern and round up your mosaic supplies, which will include making sure you have enough mosaic tiles to get the job done. That might seem obvious, but if you’re new to the artful world of mosaics, here are some little tips that will help you create a mosaic you’ll be able to brag about 1. Start small and simple Don’t even think about trying to
The students and parents of Mrs. Johnsons first grade elementary class at Westchase elementary in Tampa, FL, recently created glass art mosaic tables to auction off for its annual fundraiser. The students used stained glass chips and venetian glass tiles to create kiwi, watermelon, orange and apple designs onto 19 wrought iron tables. The fruit designs, created by Martin Cheek, were a big hit with the kids and the parents. At the auction, the tables received the highest bids of the evening. Supplies were donated by Diamond Tech and Delphi Glass. See more photos of the students in action here.
Heres a great idea for a night in with the ladies...Jennifer Newman, Delphis Director of Merchandising, recently hosted a Mosaics and Wine night for a few of her friends. It was a fabulous event (all of the ladies are now addicted to making mosaics. ) Heres how you can plan a similar experience for your closest friends. 1. Send out invitations. You can use a free service like Evite to send out stylish invitations to your girlfriends. We recommend no more than a dozen people. Ask them to bring an item to mosaic (a flowerpot, a wooden box, a small table, a trivet, etc.) 2. Plan your menu. Snacks and beverages like sangria, beer, salad, artichoke dip, veggies and chocolate covered strawberries are always well-received. Make it a pot luck and ask each lady to bring a food item or beverage. 3. Gather your supplies. Youll need a few pairs
To celebrate the end of the year for Boy Scout Den 41 in Tampa, Florida, the kids had a Mosaic in the Park party. Using stained glass chips nipped into triangles, each boy made a mosaic picture frame for his mom for Mothers Day. The boys wrote personal messages to their mothers on the back of the frames. Their troop leader grouted the frames, and each child had a hand-made mosaic project for Mothers Day. The kids loved making them, and the moms loved the frames. This is a very easy project. It requires no glass cutting by the kids, and no previous mosaic experience. Time saving tips 1. Draw a border around the edges of the frame and instruct the children not to go past the line - this allows room for grouting the edge. 2. Nip chips into triangles, and nip 1/2 of those triangles into smaller triangles.
Mosaics are one of the most beautiful ways to add a unique touch to your garden or home. They can be crafted to form stunning pictures or patterns. You can also use mosaics to take something ordinary and make it into an extraordinary one-of-a-kind item for your home. Candle holders, bordered mirrors, vases, coasters, and wall hangings are just some of the things you can create with mosaics to make the décor in your home really stand out. You’re really only limited by your imagination as to what you can create when you make mosaic art. Mosaics can be done in a variety of ways, incorporating different materials to create your own distinctive pieces. From tiles and glass which are by far easier to cut and shape to making use of broken bits from bottles or other recyclable materials, mosaics take small pieces and incorporate them together to
The grand art of mosaics, which has existed for thousands of years, was used by the ancient Greeks to decorate their walls, floors, tables, benches, fountains, and pools. Made from marble, ceramic tiles, semi-precious stones, and smalti, mosaics are luminous, lightproof, water and temperature resistant. They allow artists infinite possibilities to design unique and long-lasting creations in their own expressive style, from realism to abstract. This weeklong workshop guides students through the various steps needed to complete their own one-foot square mosaicfrom the cartoon drawing to the final installation. Most materials needed for the workshop are provided, but participants must bring their own tools. Please see the workshops materials list, available in the Leagues main office. Born and trained in Russia, Vladimir Aituganov immigrated to the United States in 1991. He then became an American citizen, and established his studio. He is known as a master of mosaics and of
Looking for some easy holiday projects that you can make with the whole family? Here are a few great ideas courtesy of our friends at Diamond Tech International. There are a few great fusing projects and several simple mosaic ideas as well. Click on "Download the PDF" to print out the step-by-step project guides. Happy Crafting.
Delphis Winter Open House is one of our most popular events of the year. Free to the public, visitors can attend previews of many of our most popular classes - even new classes. Dont miss this exciting chance to meet our fabulous instructors and network with other artists. When Saturday, January 14th 2012, 10am to 4pm 10 00 am - 11 15 am Free Flameworking Previews Glass Bead Making / Beads on Minor / Intensive Bead Workshop / Intro to Boro/Boro Jewelry / Decorative Blown Glass Spheres / Marble Making 11 30 am - 12 30 pm Free Stained Glass Previews Beginning Lead Came / Lead Came Construction / Cutting Art Glass / Soldering Made Easy Bandsaw Magic / Designing & Installing Kitchen Cabinets Beginning Stained Glass / Copper Foil Studio / Tiffany Lamps / Panel Lamps 12 45 pm - 1 15 pm Free Jewelry Previews Beginning Metal Clay
We are gearing up for the Winter/Spring 2015 session of art glass classes at Delphis Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. This year accomplished glass artists Tim Drier and Carol Shelkin will bring their talent and expertise to Delphi to help students upgrade their skills. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Tim Drier Tim Drier has been a glassblower for 25 years, and applies his scientific glassblowing expertise to artistic flameworking. He concentrates on creating decanters, goblets, vases, and human sculptural forms. Drier has taught flameworking courses at The Studio and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and has demonstrated at the International Flameworkers Conference at Salem Community College. Check out Tims work on his Corning Museum of Glass page or his Pinterest
A slide show of entries into Delphi Glass Recycled Arts Contest. Entries had to contain at least one recycled element, but many of these entries were made entirely from found or discarded objects. This was not a juried competition, rather winners were chosen at random. To browse all of the entries and to view artist credit, please visit DelphiGlass.com/gallery.
This Spring Delphi is excited to host two amazing glass artists at the Delphi Creativity Center in Lansing, MI. Mosaic artist Carol Shelkin and master of beveling, Kent Lauer, will both be teaching this Spring at Delphi. Each artist brings their own unique skill set and techniques that any student from beginner to professional artist would enjoy. Get to know each artist and their work, then see which class is right for you. Class sizes are limited so register now to ensure your opportunity to work with these amazing artists. Carol Shelkin Carol Shelkin creates contemporary fine art and intricate mosaic designs that feature eminent care and attention to detail using hand-cut, high-quality stained glass. Her life-long passion for art has been honed through studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and under the tutelage of mosaic
A slide show of some of the winners of Delphis popular Online Art Glass Festival. http //www.delphiglass.com/gallery/agf_info. For a complete list of AGF winners and their projects, visit http //www.DelphiGlass.com/agf_winners
Each month at Delphi Glass, we’d like to put the spotlight on one of the many talented artists we see daily in our Artist Gallery. For the month of February, we’re delighted to introduce Stephanie Murphy, who goes by the name aMosaicist in our gallery. Stephanie was born and raised in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, and now lives just south of there in a town called Schnecksville. After earning her nursing degree in college, she became a critical care nurse for 10 years. But in order to care for her autistic son, Patrick, she had to leave her career behind. Throughout college and beyond, Stephanie began using art as a coping mechanism for the stresses in her life, especially when it came to raising her autistic son. “In college, I filled my electives with art classes, drawing and ceramics, to give my brain a respite from the vigorous nursing courses. Creating art
Carol Lancour can find beauty in just about anything. She jokes that she can look at a chunk of concrete and see potential. And while she says her friends think shes crazy, there is a greater purpose behind her vision. For me, finding something discarded and repurposing it into something beautiful and useful is its own reward, she says. I strive to make every project I undertake aesthetically pleasing, well-made and purposeful. Carol used to paint and draw to satiate her need to be creative, but she turned to glass when a friend showed her how to cut up stained glass for mosaics. She bought her first set of cutting tools from Delphi in 2000. Glass comes in every beautiful color, refracts light and sparkles in the sun, she says. I like the durability of something so fragile. Carol began creating mosaics with her cut up glass, starting with a
This new mosaic product is a wonderful collection of the most popular marble tiles available. Use them to restyle table tops, vases, wooden chairs and trays, coasters, mirrors and on back splashes. Watch this demonstration on how to use these inspiring tiles. http /nDZ9QG.
Thank you to everyone who entered Delphis first-ever Christmas in July Contest. We had more than 125 amazing entries in stained glass, mosaics, flameworking, jewelry and fusing. A team of Delphi experts and artists chose the winners after much deliberation. Winners will receive a Delphi Gift card as well as the opportunity to be featured in a Delphi publication. Thanks for another great contest. View a complete list of winners here. Pictured Second Place overall winner. This large panel by Cara DiMassimo depicts a lone polar bear exploring a snowy ice flow. It is created using Bullseye 90 COE glass.
Brazos Glassworks of Bryan, Texas is hosting a Glass Art Show and Competition in conjunction with Historic Downtown Bryans October Art Step and the Texas Reds Steak and Wine Festival. The competition features glass art created by local artists and area students. Works in stained glass, fused/kiln worked glass, mosaics, cold-worked glass, blown and flameworked glass, beads and jewelry are acceptable. Owners Barbara Peevey and Debbie Jasek hope the show will raise awareness of the art form and the number of glass artists in the Bryan-College Station area.
If you’re looking for some inspiration so you can ring in spring with a festive seasonal piece, get your copy of Delphi’s free Easter eBook. Did I mention it’s free? Easter is on March 27th this year and wouldn’t it be great to make something beautiful to display for Easter dinner? You’ll definitely want to take a look at the projects featured in the free Easter eBook, where every artist can find creative motivation from stained glass to glass fusing to mosaics to glass jewelry. If you’re looking for fused glass ideas, the fused glass bunny dish would be an adorable addition to your Easter table. You can let it just be art or you can give it some jellybeans to hold for the kids. For a grand Easter decoration that you can put up in the window, try the stained glass cross panel. When the light from the spring
Did you know that Halloween is the second largest decorating holiday after Christmas? And October 31st will be here before you know it. Now is the time to start thinking about Halloween decorations, especially if you plan to sell your crafts. For a boo-tiful look for your home, office or store, we have made simple suggestions that anyone can do. This years hottest home decorating trends are SKULLS, GHOSTS and SPIDERS. All shapes, sizes and colors, will accent your tabletop, window sun catchers, accent mosaic pieces and of course your trick or treat candy bowl. For fun and quick easy looks, we suggest 1.) Place a square of orange or black glass in the middle of your table, and arrange pumpkins and spiders for a incredible centerpiece. 2.) Pre-cut glass shapes of various Halloween motifs can be easily made into unique and functional serving pieces, candy dishes, and one
See pictures from Delphis first annual Animal Creations Contest and get inspired. Artists share their animal themed projects done in stained glass, mosaics, fused glass and other splendid techniques. Winners will be announced on the Delphi Glass Facebook page. Become our fan, visit us at www.facebook.com/delphiglass.com.
Gail Christofferson, a Delphi educational customer for many years, is leading a student/community based project for Ostego Elementary, a new elementary school (home of the knights) in the Ostego area of Ohio. More than 1,000 students of all grade levels, as well as more than 300 community members, have participated in creating a large-scale mosaic mural measuring 7 feet high and 20 feet long. The year-long project, Mosaics by Knights, is intended to be a permanent art installation in the commons area of the new elementary school. Members of the Ostego community were asked to submit design ideas, and with local high school art teachers guidance, a combination of multiple entries will be used in the finished piece. Christofferson and her team are in the final stages of student and community involvement, and the project should be installed sometime this spring (2012.) It is important to realize that not only
Delphis Steena Gaut shows you how to choose the right soldering iron tip for your stained glass projects. She also goes over decorative effects you can achieve with the solder. http /p9CYJ4 DelphiGlass.com is home to stained glass, mosaics, fusing and more. Learn a new craft. See our Beginner Stained Glass Section at our website, or follow this link http //www.delphiglass.com/stained-glass-supplies/beginning-stained-glass/?source=sm
Have you taken your summer vacation yet? Most people are just starting to pack their bags. Whether you’re coming or going though, you can take those cool little vacation keepsakes you come home with and turn them into glass art that will help you commemorate your amazing summer trip. Need some inspiration? Here are our best ideas from Delphi Glass to get you started. Create a KraftyBlok shadow-box display KraftyBlok is an amazing crafting item because you can do so much with it. From turning your best photos into a lit-up lamp to creating an epic beach scene with shells and sand from the beach you vacationed at, there is no end to how creative you can get with your display. Even souvenirs you purchase from places like Disney World can be worked into a KraftyBlok project. Make a mosaic frame A mosaic frame is another beautiful
Delphi artist and class instructor Steena Gaut goes over the basic steps and gives helpful tips on how to achieve smooth and consistent soldering lines. Close-up video shots of her work make it easy see how these techniques are done. http /p9CYJ4 DelphiGlass.com is home to stained glass, mosaics, fusing and other unique crafts. To see tools featured in this video, please follow this link http //www.delphiglass.com/stained-glass-supplies/beginning-stained-glass/soldering-starter-kit?source=sm
How did you get started in glass? I originally just did tile mosaics and then a friend sent me info on taking a class at Delphi for fused glass mosaics taught by Christine Stewart. I was hooked and had my own kiln within a few months. Why glass? Its infinitely easier than working with ceramic tile. I like the way the fused glass lets me incorporate rounded shapes with the hard edges of cut glass. Why is recycling important to you? I always take everyones leftovers tile, glass, wire, rocks, beads because you never know what project you can use even the smallest pieces in. Then you can elaborate my friend gave me that, my neighbor was throwing that away. Im currently working with the Michigan Chapter of the IIDA and ZeroLandfill where they divert architectural samples from the landfill for upcycling. Its a wonderful way to get free
How to cut hand rolled art glass. Art glass is usually hand made and will have a rougher surface which can be more difficult to cut. Delphi Glass Artist and veteran class instructor, Roy Kapp shows you how to cut smooth lines in your art glass using glass cutters and running pliers. http //www.delphiglass.com/search/glass%20cutter?source=SM DelphiGlass.com has a wide selection of supplies for stained glass, mosaics, glass fusing and other unique crafts.
Its very rare that a video stops me in my tracks. But when a colleague sent me Hilltop Artists Black Forest Ham video, I was hooked for the entire 7 min. and 58 seconds. If you havent heard of Hilltop Artists, its an organization that reaches out to at-risk teens and teaches them the art of fusing, flameworking, mosaics and glass blowing. More importantly, it gives kids a sense of self-worth and an outlet for pent-up frustration. With the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists, a 501(c)3 non-profit glass arts program, opened in 1994. It provides classes and individualized instruction for more than 500 students each year, and no students are refused based on past behavior, grades, disabilities, or artistic talent. This video won a Telly award back in June for being one of the finest video productions created for the web. I encourage you to watch it and find
Watch this video to give you ideas on how to use your Kraftyblok. A pre-drilled glass block, its easy to add lights or other decoration inside. The smooth, clear glass surface makes it easy to mosaics, painting, etching or other decorative effects. Made by Diamond Tech Crafts. http //www.delphiglass.com/more-crafts/glass-blocks/ To see all the Krafyblok products currently offered by Delphi Glass please follow this link http //www.delphiglass.com/more-crafts/glass-blocks/?sort=ref01up&source=sm