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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Mosaic madness

Do you ever start something crafty and then get totally carried away... well I think that's what I just did so apologies in advance for a long post lol.  The Tando chipboard sheets are brilliant used cut up to use as mosaics.  They are fairly easy to cut with sharp scissors but if you prefer,  a metal ruler and craft knife works quicker although it can be fiddly if you use small pieces.


I glued a sheet of none porous paper  that I had covered in encaustic wax to the front of the bare chipboard sheet... (only because the chipboard is porous... although I will experiment later directly onto the board itself) before cutting it into approx 1cm squares.

It doesn't matter if the shapes are slightly uneven... I think this adds to the charm of the finished piece.  You do need to ink all of the edges of each tile though which is time consuming but very therapeutic  In this case I made a bookmark using a shape cut from stiff card as the base, covering it with black acrylic paint before sticking the tiles in place with pva glue.  A bit of chain and pretty beads completed the look.

I was totally bitten by the bug by this point  and used left over squares to create a pair of earings in the same way.

Although in this case I used another square of covered chipboard as the base for the mosaic instead of card.  They are really lightweight and they will make a statement as they aren't small. 

Finally... and because I can't throw anything away I used the leftover pieces to make this easy peasy necklace.

Again using a piece of chipboard as the base for the tiles....

So that it could be reversible if I wished.

Wow that really WAS a long one...lol Congrats if you made it to the end and I hope you will have a go yourself.


hugs
Chris xx

4 comments:

Karen said...

ooo Chris...these are really different and I really like them! xxx

Kaz said...

Fab Chris, I can see why you made lots! xx

Zoechaos said...

Great and looks like lots of fun XOXO Zoe

Angelnorth said...

Fabulous projects, and so much easier than fiddling with glass tiles and grouting! Love the finish you achieved with the encaustic wax!