Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Project - A Broken China Mosaic Present?

First of all be sure to come back tomorrow. I'm going to announce a little Giveaway...
It was almost a year ago that I became really interested in china, broken china. I was in awe of the lovely mosaic china pieces out there. I was in awe with the work of my blogging friend Penny from The Comforts of Home and LavenderHill Studio . I purchased her online book "How to Mosaic a Silver Tray" and she gave me tips including what tile tool to purchase. If you haven't been to that blog of hers you need to pay her a visit...

I've been collecting some china pieces and finally this week I bit the bullet and forged ahead. It was scarey and I thought the piece was going to look real scarey too. Such is the way I'm feeling about this mosaic china making. Oh my.

This is how it looked before I laid the grout.

This is it completed with the exception of the spray sealer.

My friend Molly is having a special birthday this weekend. She is very supportive of all her friends and their crafting. I thought it would be special to mosaic a little tray for her. I thought I might try to spell her name with the broken china. I learned immediately that was not happening yet with this tray. Trying new projects gives one a big appreciation of the art. Thats how I'm feeling about this project. I need lots of practice.

I didn't think I could do anything at this stage to personalize the tray for Molly....until the very last tile pieces fell into place. finished it tonight. Can you see something in the mosaics in this tray? Molly enjoys having one of these when she's together with friends at a party. I think its more obvious in the first picture without the grout.

I hope if I can continue with these projects that I'll get better but in the meantime I think Molly will appreciate it as it is. I'll tell you tomorrow what is in the mosaic form that makes it Mollys.


Faye said...

Oh Judi, This is beautiful.You did a great job.I love things like this.Hope you have a great day! Blessings, Faye

Marilyn said...

Judi, the tray is just lovely. I'm so impressed. It looks hard. Molly will love it. H is that what makes it Molly's I can't wait to see more of these projects.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Judi it turned out wonderful!!! I am so proud of you! Yes, I can see the martini/wine glass....cute!

Thank you for mentioning me, and I am glad the EBOOK was helpful. I promise, the more projects you try the easier it will get.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Judi...
Sweetie Martini to go. Won't she be thrilled? You did an awesome job and have inspired me to try. I am going to check out her blog and see about getting the book. I love your tray and for a first time, I can only hope mine would turn out as beautiful. Awesome job sweetie. I love it.

Thanks for sharing today. Have a beautiful Thursday.

Country hugs...Sherry

jillybee said...

Hi Judy,

I love the tray, never seen the mosaics put inside a silver tray before. Great idea.

Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting.


Cottage Rose said...

Hi Judy; Oh it is gorgeous,, you did a wonderful job... love the floral patterns on the china....


Julie said...

What a neat thing to do a mosaic in...a silver tray!!! This looked stunningly gorgeous! I love it! I'm not a big silver tray lover, but wiht the mosaic it is so awesome!!! I love it! You could sell these in your Etsy shop!

My guess on what is in the tray specifically for your friend, is a swan neck and head on the right hand circle side! I could be wrong, but that is what it looks like to me! I will be anxious to see!!!

Hope your Mom enjoys her time here...the weather is warmoing up more and the skies have been gorgeous! They will have an early morning shuttle around 4:30am...coming up...she will be able to see it because it will be dark out...and it will be one of the last night take offs scheduled for quite some time, I read in the paper today!!! Tell her to keep her eyes open for the actual date and time!!!

Dawn said...

That is fabulous. You did an amazing job! I think it will truly be a special gift for your friend. :)

Nicely done!

take care,

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wow Judi what a great job ! It's gorgeous !

Thank you for the prayers sweetheart.Come see my results !

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

It's wonderful! I want to do this. laurie

JustLindaSue said...

It's just beautiful...especially for a first piece and I love the wine glass in the center!! I started a tray last year...glued all the pieces on it then put it away without grouting it...your tray encourages me to get my tray out and finish it up :)

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