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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Artist Spotlight ~ Eliza from Blair House Art & Jewelry

Eliza shared a few pictures of some quick projects she creates using No Days Mosaic Adhesive film. Thanks, Eliza!
Five Boats in Blue ~ created with NO Days Mosaic Adhesive film
& scraps of stained glass on framing glass
These are a few of my first uses of Streuter NO-DAYS Mosaic Adhesive Film. The projects go quickly! I have just been using leftover glass pieces from stained glass projects and Cats eye glass from the jewelry I make, building on backgrounds of glass from float picture frames (I also do Photography). The Blue glass was a request from a friend who loves blue glass anything. I made this in one night. There are 5 sailboats. She didn't want it grouted and it was later copper foiled and soldered with hooks to hang on her sun porch. 
Eliza's first No Days Mosaic
I really enjoy making these. It is so easy I feel like I'm cheating but still do it. This is the first one I made. I heated it on silicone pad in the oven. When I took it out, I touched each bead with the end of a small paint brush to make sure all the pieces had contact with the film adhesive.

Eliza's "Random Glass" mosaic grouted in white
Some of the things that I've learned that may be useful to other artists:
  • I use a small paint brush tip to press all the pieces to make sure they have contact with the film after heating or taking out of the oven. 
  • Also, I first make sure the back of all pieces are flat. 
  • I've had trouble with bubbles forming in the adhesive if it's not covered with anything. To fix this, I have added embossing powder to cover the film (or later the bubbles) up and put it back in the oven or use a heat gun, heating it a little longer to attach the powder to the film. I use different colors of embossing powder, but found that if I heat it too long it all turns to copper color which I guess is the base color under the pastel colored powders.
Glass, cats' eye cabochons and a pendant in a wooden frame,
with embossing powder to fill in some of the gaps.
Gaps filled with embossing powder
I have donated some of my film to the Senior Center and worked with them making smaller pieces (4"x6" & 5"x7") using a heat gun. They have been making regular stain glass items and enjoyed being able to make some pieces quickly as their projects take a long time to make.

"It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" (picture is upside down)
  This piece is the size of a full cooking sheet made entirely of cats eye cabochons. I placed it in a room temperature oven, then heated it @180ºF for 20 min. When done, I added embossing powder to cover bubbles and heated again for a few minutes.  I always leave room around the edges for frame or solder. After taking the pictures, I decided to move the pink bead at 6 o'clock to the 5 o' clock spot, framed it and put it in our RV window. Title = "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!"

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