Interested in becoming a NO Days Featured Artist?

Interested in becoming a NO Days Featured Artist?



Want to share your artwork made using NO Days products with the world? We want to help you promote your work! We love seeing the various ways artists are using NO Days products! We share our Featured Artist spotlight with our newsletter subscribers, our Facebook friends and fans, on our Featured Artist Page and right here on our blog, linking back to your website.

Simply send an email to info@nodaysadhesives.com with the subject: Featured Artist. Be sure to include your name, email address, and website (if you have one) along with a brief bio and pictures of yourself and your artwork made with NO Days Products. Not sure what to include in a bio? Tell us how you became interested in playing with glass or crafts. How about where you get your inspiration? Oh! And don't forget to tell us why you love using NO Days!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mosaic Holiday Ornaments with No Days Groutless


No Days Groutless Upcycled Mosaic Jar Lid Ornaments
It's that time of year when gift giving is sneaking up on us, and everyone is looking for ideas for homemade or handmade gifts to give. It's especially meaningful for the littles to be able to make something to give to their family members. If you're looking for fun, quick, and fairly inexpensive gifts for the kids to make for moms, dads, grandparents, teachers, aunts, uncles...basically everyone on their list; then you'll want to check this out!

Tools & Materials needed:
  • No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive
  • metal jar lids
  • hammer & nail (to pierce jar lids)
  • sturdy wire (16 or 18 gauge brass, copper, steel)
  • round nose pliers / wire cutter (to cut and shape wire)
  • scissors (to cut groutless)
  • tweezers (helpful for placing tiles)
  • warming device (This can be a griddle, toaster oven, oven, candle warmer, heat gun, or heat embossing tool.)
  • tiles for mosaicing (or beads, baubles, sparkles, etc.)
  • mosaic nippers to cut tiles
  • safety glasses


Not only is this a nifty way to upcycle jar lids and make some beautiful gifts, this is a great project for the kiddos, as well as for working with more advanced mosaics. The process is simple and quick!



To begin with, you'll need to save your lids. Wash them in soap and water. Next, you'll need a way to hang them, so take them to the work shop and get a hammer, some small nails and a block of wood. Hammer the nails through the side of the lid to create 2 holes, like this:

video


Create a wire hanger with round nose pliers.
 After bending a length of wire into a U shape, fit the ends through the 2 holes in the lid. Then, using the pliers, bend each leg back on itself to secure it in place and prevent it from falling back out of the lid.


Insert the wire and bend it to fit inside the lid.
And here's a video for you visual learners :)

video


Once you've got the lid prepped, you can cut some No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive to fit the inside of the jar lid. You don't need to cut it exactly, and you can use scraps if you have them, too.


A candle warmer works great for setting the No Days Groutless into the jar lid.

I find that it's easiest to prep the adhesive by heating it and then letting it cool before using. That makes it lay flat against your substrate and turns several pieces into just one. If you need to cover any spaces that go bare after heating, you can spread the groutless around the surface of your lid like the video below shows:

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After heating, it's best to let the adhesive cool down again before laying your tiles. I'm using a candle burner / wax warmer that is the perfect size for working with jewelry and small projects that conduct heat (like the metal lids). 


Here, you can see that once you turn the heat on and the heat transfers through the metal to the adhesive and then the tiles, you can move the tiles into place by sliding them or pushing them with tweezers. The tiles in the middle were placed while the adhesive was warm, but that tends to make a mess. If you wait until the adhesive is cooled, lay your tiles and then heat the whole thing, it tends to make less clean up of adhesive that has covered the surface of your tiles.


video

Below you can see my first attempt (top right) and second attempt (bottom left).  The tiles on the first star were laid while the warmer was on and the adhesive was liquid. The adhesive tends to get on your tool and the top surface of your tiles this way, leaving more clean up. The second star was laid after the adhesive had cooled and then heat set all at once, making much less of a mess to clean up.
No Days Groutless Starmen:
the star on the top right was laid in liquid Groutless, while
the star on the bottom left was laid on solid Groutless and
then heat set after all tiles were laid.
The adhesive that covered some of the surface of the tiles can be scraped at with a sharp tool, like a razor or small screwdriver. 
Close up shot of No Days Groutless Starman
This project works great for children's projects, too. Square tiles can be cut with nippers to fit in the lid in simple designs.
No Days Groutless Mosaic made with nipped squares.
Side note: Pixelated images are perfect for mosaics, and my niece is really into Super Mario Bros. (IT"S BACK!!!!) My brother (her father) and I used to play this game for hours when we were kids. I mostly watched him play. I used to design game levels with pencil and paper, but now you can do that with the new Mario Maker game!!! What?!? So, that's my inspiration for making the Starmen above :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

CMA Summit in Ashland, Oregon

Event Announcement!
The Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit  is being held October 1-4, 2015 in beautiful Ashland, Oregon!


 All attendees will receive No Days goodies in their welcome bag and one lucky raffle winner will receive a No Days Heat Gun, No Days Mosaic Mesh and No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive!

From the Contemporary Mosaic Art website:

"We’re holding the second annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit and would love to have you join us.

Internationally renowned mosaic art instructors - Laura Rendlen, John Sollinger, Carole Choucair Oueijan, Susan Wechsler, Karen Rycheck and Mireille Swinnen - are offering incredible workshops.

This year the summit also includes:  a mosaicathon that will benefit the Ashland Artwalk in the watershed, mosaic exhibit and silent auction at Belle Fiore Winery, Invitational Mosaic Art Exhibition,  Keynote speaker Brooks Tower speaking on “Philosophical Conundrums in The Practice of Mosaic”, Dawn Mendelson talking about creating community, Sue Springer, presenting a talk on “Moving to The Next Level; Professionalism And Presentation”, Kelley Knickerbocker will help us figure out what happens to our creativity and a very special evening with Lilian Broca will present "From Byzantium to Post Modernism", followed by the screening of the documentary, Return to Byzantium: The Art And Life of Lilian Broca.

There will be lots of relaxed time at meals and pub runs to meet and enjoy other artists passionate about mosaics... and much more!


All the details and registration are on the Summit Website,

www.contemporarymosaicartsummit.com

Hope to meet you in Ashland"

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

No Days Mosaic Creations by Mary Anne Maslanka

Mary Anne Maslanka 
Locust Grove, GA 

 I have been using No Days Mosaic Adhesive almost as long as it has been produced. Both Brad and Bart Streuter have always been available and willing to take the time to answer any questions I have ever had...This company is doing everything right!
 Fleur de Lis Glass on Glass (GOG) mosaic made in an 18"X20" picture frame
using No Days Mosaic Adhesive and no grout.
As a stained glass artist and instructor for many years, I had never tried mosaics until Streuter introduced the No Days Mosaic Adhesive. It looked so easy, I had to try it....Then, I realized I could offer my students new projects using the product.
I made this glass on glass hummingbird mosaic
using a stained glass pattern, and No Days Mosaic Adhesive.
Now, every summer at a local senior center, I offer a glass on glass mosaic workshop so the senior members can bring their grandchildren for a fun few hours of using their imaginations and producing a small framed mosaic to take home...
I found this wooden cross at Hobby Lobby,
and I assembled it using No Days Groutless.
I also really like the No Days Bail Bond. I use it on small projects to attach a bail to hang instead of drilling a hole in the glass....works great!
This mosaic rose was created by a teen in one of my mosaic classes using just scrap glass, her imagination, and No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive.
I also use the No Days Glaze sometimes when attaching a zinc frame to my panels. I have even used it on a wooden frame...
This is a little round box with a glass insert in the lid that I bought at a thrift store.
I used No Days Mosaic Adhesive, then grouted it.

A small wooden tray I made using No Days Mosaic Adhesive.

Friday, July 3, 2015

No Days Classes at Stained Glass Express in Manchester, ME

Look at all these fun projects created during quick No Days classes at Stained Glass Express in Manchester, Maine.

No Days Fused Glass and Mosaic Classes at The Glass Academy at Stained Glass Express

The folks at Stained Glass Express off Private Instruction & Parties...

work with kids groups and schools...

offer several beginner classes...
Fused glass magnets held together using No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive

and help you put the pieces back together with their Art and Healing Program...
No Days Mosaic Mirror Class

With so many options to choose from, Stained Glass Express is the perfect place to play with No Days!
No Days Mosaic Adhesive lets you get to grouting quick!
Stained Glass Express
966 Western Avenue
Manchester Maine 04351
Providing Stained Glass, Supplies and Inspiration since 1988!
Connect With Us!
facebook.com/stainedglassexpress

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Monet Challenge

Ready for a challenge? Looking for inspiration? Need something to nudge you into creating something? We're starting a series of art challenges based around a theme. It should be a fun way to push yourself in your creativity! The theme for January and February is Monet's Waterlilies. Watch this video on Khan Academy for some background and more ideas for different ways to interpret the paintings:




Remember this is just for fun,  so you don't have to create a masterpiece. Look on it as a series of exercises to help you stretch and grow as an  artist.  Take part in the #MonetChallenge and we'll keep each other motivated! It's like having a workout buddy to keep you accountable. 

Let's all help each other in our explorations, pushing ourselves to make something and see what everyone creates using the same starting point!

Don't forget to share pictures along the way!
Tag them with #MonetChallenge, so we can all find them.

 Feel free to use the techniques and media of your choosing, and stretch the limits of what you usually create. Then, when you're done, share it with us on Facebook, our blog, or email.  Share process pictures, failures, and thoughts you have along the way, and we can have a discussion about the art making process, too!