Art Lessons : How to Do a Glass Mosaic

Art Lessons : How to Do a Glass Mosaic

I’m Robert Markey. I’m an artist and I’m going
to talk about doing a glass mosaic. Now when you say glass mosaic, there’s a lot of different
types of glass used in mosaics. You can use stained glass. This is a special venetian
glass called smalty. This is actually broken glass from airport lights, that a friend gave
me. And these are kind of a standard vitreous glass tiles that most glass mosaics are made
out of. So, we’re going to do a little bit with these. And then the other, the other
thing is what do you do the mosaic on? And there’s easy board or cement board which is
a nice sub straight. You can do it on flower pots, sculpture, whatever. One of my favorites
is actually just a ceramic tile. So, in terms of applying the mosaics you can do it right
in a thin set mortar, especially if it’s outside, or you can use a glue. And there are a number
of kinds of glues you can use to glue them down. Cutting the tile, they’re called, actually
it’s called tesserae a piece in, in mosaic is called tesserae. And this is used for cutting
glass. It’s a mosaic glass cutter. Basically you’re going to hold it there with one side
down and snap it. And there you have it. OK? So, in order to lay the tiles you can put
a little bit of glue on a back, glue it. And now we’ll assume you have either a drawing
or an idea or maybe it’s totally abstract and there’s your next one. And the process
basically is you cut and sometimes you’re going to lay out the whole thing and then
come back and glue it. Or you lay out a little bit. You may want to do something like that.
Have some texture in it. And then you like that so then you’re going to glue them down
and then when it’s done, the idea of grouting it some mosaic tiles you grout, some you don’t.
And that’s a whole, that’s a whole another issue right there. So, I’m Robert Markey and
we’ve talked about putting down glass mosaic tiles.

9 thoughts on “Art Lessons : How to Do a Glass Mosaic

  1. Thank you, very very basic, but it will tell someone what a mosaic is about, sort-of. Do you have anything which would actually show what a mosaic would look like?

  2. Why would you spam my comment? You make a video without any real examples, I am not selling anything, just trying to help!

  3. What about the finishing? You needed to show us how to end and have the final shape. Am I right? Thanks anyway

  4. I will always hit the like button on any artistic tutorials, but I feel like this clip forgot a major player in glass mosaics: The wheel glass cutter, for those who are working from square-foot sheets of art glass and cutting them themselves. I am in no way putting down this video, because everything is helpful. I'm just having a hard time finding tutorials for the glass-on-glass mosaic work.

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