Stained Glass Mosaics – an introduction to stained glass mosaics
Stained glass mosaics are different from usual glass art for a variety of reasons. They are made with a different technique, are typically put in non-window locations, and tend to have a completely different look than traditional stained glass. This introduction to this type of art will go over these aspects in detail.
Glass mosaics are made very differently compared to regular glass (for example suncatchers). The first few steps are the same. Usually, the glass used is more opaque to avoid seeing the plaster or cement through it. The glass is cut and ground down in exactly the same technique. However, from here on the process is different. The pieces of glass are laid out on a semi-sticky sheet of plastic and placed into a mold with one eighth of an inch of space between them. Once they are aligned perfectly, plaster or cement is poured on top and allowed to set fully. The finished mosaic is gently removed from the mold.
Stained glass mosaics can be used in a variety of locations throughout your home or office. For starters, many people use mosaics in stepping stones for their gardens. These make an attractive addition to landscaping plans. Another use could be for a backsplash behind your kitchen sink or as part of the hearth of a fireplace. Wherever they are used, mosaics can be a fun way to spruce up the decor of any room!
Mosaic art glass pieces are different from glass windows and suncatchers because the light doesn’t go through the glass. There is no transparent nature to the mosaics. Instead, some artists use pieces of glass that have a reflective backing on them to provide increased brightness and color in the glass.
If you are interested in starting to make stained glass mosaics, a good place to start would be looking through stained glass pattern books for designs that can be made in to mosaics. Some companies also specialize in stained glass kits designed for mosaic use.