I’ve been commissioned by a groom’s mother to make a mosaic wall hanging for the couple as a surprise. I thought I would show the process here so people have an idea of how I make one.
I start with a 1/8″ thick hardboard cut in a 10″ x 10″ square. I cut and condition small pieces of clay by rolling them in a retrofitted pasta machine.
I then make clay tiles in squares and rectangles of various sizes, which I either texture with rubber or plastic textured sheets, or I stamp with a design or saying. Each tile is a mini work of art. Sometimes I paint the ink stamped tiles using mica dust. Other times I add a molded piece to the tile of a door or a goddess or some such other item. And then I can also add freehand sculpted flowers to the tiles as well. On some boards, I have even added photos which I’ve decoupaged to the tile.
If I’ve textured the tile, I use mica dust to give it some highlights. I have 24 different colors of mica powders and another six neon glitters to choose from.
After I have it the way I want, I measure and cut it into the desired shape and make sure it fits on the board where I want. I then cook it in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.
Once the tiles are finished, I’ll glue them down to the board and grout in between the tiles with a gold liquid clay. I’ll likely lay in some gems, jewels, chain, and charms, etc at this point. I’ll show that in a subsequent blog post. After that, it’ll be framed and ready to send to the new owner! I work with the customer on what stamps and wording to use, to make it something that is unique to the customer’s design aesthetic. In this case, Mom was excited about the stamp I found with the scripture from 1 Corinthians. She also loved the stamps of the wedded couple and the wedding rings with the words “and the two become one.” Great finds!
One lady had a saying on her refrigerator that said, “I am Brave, Strong, and Loved” so we put that on a board. She’s having me do four more boards with the same saying on them for her son, and her grandchildren and their school!
Most of these texture sheets and stamps are actually made for scrapbooking but work equally well with clay. Everything except an alphabet mold I used for the wording. It’s made for cake decorating and soapmaking. I’m having a hard time with it. It’s taking me about five hours to do a short sentence. It’s hard getting the clay out in one piece. So I’m looking into an alphabet stamp instead. I’m waiting for the stamp to arrive in the mail to see how it works. I’ll use that to do a tile with the bride and groom’s name and date of their wedding at the top of the board.
I’ve tried one alphabet stamp set, but it was a bit too large for the mosaic wall tiles. I think it will work for bracelets though, so I decided not to return it. An idea that’s been floating around in my head for some time is bracelets with WWMDD (What Would My Dog Do?) on bracelets. If we took a lesson from our dogs on how to live our lives, how much happier would we be? Don’t you think
Stay tuned for Part 2 of “A Wedding Mosaic Board to Create”
And if you’d like a mosaic wall hanging made especially for you, check out the listings in my shop HERE!
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