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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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