After having done a few dragonflies in my designs, I wanted to try something different, and was inspired by Clare from Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage and her post, Masons Wood, where she tells of a hummingbird she saw on one of her walks.
I drew up my template then traced the final picture onto tracing paper and transferred the images to the sealed MDF backing.
I loved the birds – but on the board looked too small. Dammit. This meant working out how to enlarge my template pic. That would be an easy job you’d think, but, not wanting to blame my tools (except under my breath!), I was somehow only making them smaller. Dammit!
I resorted to the most convoluted process ever I’m sure lol. I took a photo of my template, enlarged that on my iPad screen, and traced from the screen. Not an easy accomplishment as any movement moves or resizes the picture. So that was fun. But I got there in the end.
I wanted the birds to be bright and multi-coloured, so used my regalia glass and shimmer glass for them. The flowers are made from shimmer glass and the leaves from stained glass. The birds were to be the feature so I didn’t want to elaborate on what I see as the vine the flowers are on. This also meant choosing a light background that would lift the hummingbirds. I had a really pale pinky semi translucent piece of stained glass, but not enough to fill the whole background, and I though white opaque stained glass would be too stark, so to the cabinet it went.
Looking at it from that short distance I decided the mosaic needed a border…
And after looking through the glass I had I chose clear iridescent stipple glass. I always use it with white Inka Gold paint on the back because I like the effect it gives, but have learnt not to paint the tile before cutting as the paint can stick to the running pliers when snapping – unless you buffer with a tissue, but it all gets a bit fiddly.
This time I decided to paint the Inka Gold directly onto the base – the easiest option and still effective. You paint it on then buff it with a soft cloth, making it smooth and shiny.
To keep the focus on the birds, I cut larger shapes of the clear iridised glass. I wanted to use a dark grout to make the colours in the birds pop, but was a little concerned it might be too harsh between the white, but I’m happy with the outcome. There’s only one thing I’d do differently next time…
There is one piece of the iridised glass where the grout has gotten under a little on one edge (near my thumb). I’d read, a few weeks ago, that when using glass on glass, it’s a good idea to seal between the gaps to prevent grout doing exactly that. I’m going to do that from now on when using transparent glass.
You can see above, the colours that shimmer in the sun with the iridised glass. It’s really pretty but doesn’t compete with anything else. Another one for the shop!
This one’s 25cm in diameter and is perfect sitting in a photo stand or hung on your wall using picture strips.
$55 plus postage.
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