Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Stream of Consciousness" - SOLD

4" by 7" - Funky rock, mosaic gold, Carroltons, ecosmalti, broken art glass

I'm pretty chuffed about this one. I wasn't sure at first when I started the background, but I adore it.  I suspect I might end up doing something similar when I start working large.  Also, I actually used the tile that I sell in this one, which I don't very often.  For those of you that are familiar with Mosaic Outpost, I sell the teeny square tiles you see here called Carroltons.  As much as I love them, I generally find them to be too regular to be used in a lot of my work, but they work just wonderfully here, and I'm finding I need to rethink their uses.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Chunks and Curves"-SOLD

5" by 6" - Dichroic glass and Eco smalti

Okay, I'm sure if I tried, I could come up with a better name for this one.  Apparently I am having an off day with the names. 

I've decided to get to 100 wee mosaics, then take a break to work on something big.  If anyone wants to watch that painful process, let me know--I can always consider setting up a work in progress page on my website or something.  I think I'm about 4 mosaics away or so, so I guess I should start thinking of ideas.  If anyone thinks one of my smaller pieces could translate into a larger one, let me know.  It's been so long since I've worked big that I think I need a refresher course in what works in that department.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


6" by 4" - Dichroic glass, marble, smalti

This is attempt number two on this concept.  It still isn't exactly how I picture it.  I'm now thinking the true problem is the scale.  The picture in my brain probably can't be accomplished in a Mosaic a Day size, so if I want to do justice to this idea, I will need to go big.

Which brings me to another issue.  I'm thinking I may have to take a wee break from my mosaic a day-ing to work on something large.  I don't know what yet, but I've hit a point where any substrate over 7" by 7" makes me nervous.  This is not a good thing, so I need to tackle this problem head on at some point in the not too distant future.

Monday, January 18, 2010


6" by 4" - Dichroic glass, smalti, marble

I always end up with little bit of leftover dichroic glass when I use it, and as it's very expensiveI can't bear to throw the bits out, but I haven't known what to do with them until now.  Unfortunately this one didn't quite work out as expected.  The "lettering" worked exactly as it did in my brain, but the background didn't.  I think I'll try the concept (which I really like) again tomorrow, and see if I can improve it.

Friday, January 15, 2010

"Columnae Arantium"

5" by 5" - Eco Smalti, mosaic gold, dalles de verre

The color on this photo is a bit off, and it just refused to be fixed.  The whole thing is a bit more orange than you see--it's a little too red in this photo.  Having said that, I really like how this piece turned out, I had a great time making it, and really, isn't that the point of the whole thing?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Electric Jasper"- SOLD

5" by 7" - Jasper Cabochon, mosaic gold, Eco smalti
I got this cabochon at the SAMA conference last year, from the Mosaic Rock vendor table.  I knew when I grabbed it that I would do something like this with it, but I just hadn't figured it out perfectly, kind of like the cabochon that I used in "Gypsy Dance".  I debated doing the background in a red Travertino marble, but decided that would be too "same-y", so I went for the complementary color.  Luckily, in this case it has flecks of red in it, and so turned out to be the perfect choice.

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Sea Chimes"- SOLD

4" by 6" plus overflow - Glass, ceramic, shells, copper, turquoise, semiprecious stone, reverse mosaic gold
For all of you who diligently followed the creation of "Earth Chimes", I give you its smaller cousin, "Sea Chimes".  I loved making this piece, so much so that I might need to figure out how to do a big one of it.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

"Gypsy Dance" - SOLD

8" by 5" - Glass Cabochon, mosaic gold, marble, millefiori, garnet, glass
I received this lovely cabochon from my friend Marian Shapiro, and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.  It looked exactly like the torso of someone dancing, but it took me 9 months to decide on the rest of the elements.  I love how the skirt turned out, but I must say that I hope I never have to create feet in mosaic again!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


5" by 4" - Mosaic Gold, Mexican Smalti

With the exception of my pendants, this is the smallest mosaic to date.  As a result, I decided I could go all out on the materials, so I covered the dang substrate in mosaic gold.   One of my personal mosaic mottos has always been: "When in doubt, add gold".  Rarely do I get to play with so much gold, so this was thoroughly enjoyable.

Monday, January 4, 2010

"Rock Garden II" - SOLD

5" by 6" - Various natural materials

Happy New Year! I made Rock Garden (the first) back near the beginning of the MaD project, and always planned on doing another one.  I think the first one was a tetch better, but this one works too.  I concentrated on using a color scheme of the secondary colors, and as a result, the effect is more subdued than the first one.  To compare and contrast, click here.