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How to make a unique glass mosaic, part ii

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I wanted to do a "Family Tree" so I did an image search and found this perfect little tree.

I wanted to do a "Family Tree" so I did an image search and found this perfect little tree.

I enlarged the tree to the size I wanted. You can use a low-res file because it will not be seen. It's only a template so it's alright if it's fuzzy.

I enlarged the tree to the size I wanted. You can use a low-res file because it will not be seen. It's only a template so it's alright if it's fuzzy.

Place the template over your tissue or colored paper. Cut out the design with an Exacto knife over a craft mat.

Place the template over your tissue or colored paper. Cut out the design with an Exacto knife over a craft mat.

Being so complex, I put two sheets of tissue paper below my template so I could use the second tree on a future mosaic design.

Being so complex, I put two sheets of tissue paper below my template so I could use the second tree on a future mosaic design.

I now have the tree for my design. Glue this on to your background with Sobo glue.

I now have the tree for my design. Glue this on to your background with Sobo glue.

I needed to match colors in the recipient's home so I picked up some paint chip samples at the hardware store. I then spent a week cutting out and gluing leaves to the tree.

I needed to match colors in the recipient's home so I picked up some paint chip samples at the hardware store. I then spent a week cutting out and gluing leaves to the tree.

Order a sheet of tempered safety glass from any glass shop. They will often donate a chipped or mis-ordered piece. Bundle the glass in old rags, lay on a tarp and hit in the middle with a hammer.

Order a sheet of tempered safety glass from any glass shop. They will often donate a chipped or mis-ordered piece. Bundle the glass in old rags, lay on a tarp and hit in the middle with a hammer.

The glass will shatter in a variety of ways. The main pieces will have a crackle effect. The impact of the hammer produces long strips without the crackle effect.

The glass will shatter in a variety of ways. The main pieces will have a crackle effect. The impact of the hammer produces long strips without the crackle effect.

I used the long strips of glass that weren't crackled to make the tree stand out. Do not use a lot of glue because it will cloud the glass when dry. I've found just a few dots on the glass works best.

I used the long strips of glass that weren't crackled to make the tree stand out. Do not use a lot of glue because it will cloud the glass when dry. I've found just a few dots on the glass works best.

Then just fill the remainder of your design with the crackled glass.

Then just fill the remainder of your design with the crackled glass.

It will take some time finding a place for all of the glass, but the tighter the pieces the better it looks.

It will take some time finding a place for all of the glass, but the tighter the pieces the better it looks.

The last step is to grout your piece using a premixed adhesive and grout and wipe it clean.

The last step is to grout your piece using a premixed adhesive and grout and wipe it clean.

The finished piece was framed with a yellow background and hung on the wall. I'd love to see your versions on Twitter or Instagram @ezbngrn. Thank you for checking out my guide.

  • Tempered safety glass
  • Acrylic, wood or plastic scraps for background
  • Tissue or colored paper and/or glass paint
  • Sobo glue
  • Internet connection and printer
  • Exacto knife
  • Premixed adhesive & grout