March 30, 2018

Crazy Mosaic Lamps!

I have a thing for weird lighting; perhaps one day I'll do a round up and show all the lights I've made or upgraded in one post! But first I'll have to finish the big white blank one I have in the downstairs living room.

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I started out with some lamps that I bought from an op shop. I've been holding onto one for years with all intentions of mosaicing it, and so before I decided to get started I went and bought more so I could mosaic a bunch of them at once. 

I mosaiced them using Weldbond, which is an all purpose glue that can be used for ceramics and glass. I had to prop the lamp at the right angle so that the tiles would not slide off, and mosaic in sections at a time. I'd mosaic a small section, wander off and go do some other jobs, then return and turn the lamp base and mosaic some more. The beauty of working on more than one at a time meant I could work on another whilst one was setting.

I applied white grout after the mosaicing was complete, and then once dry, painted it with watered down acrylic paints.

Miss 9 suggested I paint the grout in rainbow colours. Good idea, Miss 9!

The shades were covered in squares of fabric using Mod Podge. I painted the Mod Podge on first, then placed the fabric on and painted the Mod Podge over the top. I used a bit of water to dilute it slightly. I then added pom-pom trim, and other fancy trim to the top of the shades using clear craft glue. 

When working with mosaic, I think circles and flower shapes look effective, as well as wavy lines and blocks of colour. I also think mixing up materials works well too, like tesserae tiles with ceramic, plus fancy glass pebbles, and pretty ceramic shapes. You can see some little stars and petal shapes I've incorporated into the bases. You don't always have to use tiles specifically for mosaic, you can look at garden pebbles, and I've even used some decorative fish tank stones as well.

I just love how they turned out! I love all the craziness and colour!

I think they'd look good en masse on top of a set of drawers, because why stop with one crazy lamp!?

Jules :)

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