Mosaics Workshop

Mosiac Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Glass Mosaics Canada
Location: 709 The Queensway, Etobicoke , Ontario, 647-977-3030
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues & Wed: 12 – 7pm, Thurs & Fri: 12-8pm Sat: 11-6pm, Sun: 11-4pm

I always want to learn new forms of art and I have never tried mosaics, so when I found a workshop in the G.T.A. I had to go and try it.

At the beginning of our workshop our instructors told us a little about Mosaic tiling and that it dates back to before Christ. Mosaics uses small pieces of glass, stone and even other materials to create art or decorations. For the workshop we had three choices, we could make a picture frame from a pre-cut/assembled frame, coasters or custom. I didn’t have the intention of going custom on my first attempt at mosaics; but the option a blank piece of wood had me intrigued. We learned the direct method for application of the tiles which is exactly as it sounds; we apply the glass tile directly to surface. I will say all of us students had the hardest time coming up with a design concept and as I was the only one to go custom I had an even harder time. A blank canvas leaves too much to the imagination, as I had no idea what I wanted to make as the usual things I like would be hard to portray in a 2 hours’ workshop. From that moment I just started grabbing tiles and colours and soon enough I was making a sailboat on the ocean. The instructor said I’d probably not have time to finish this as I was getting to complex, but with 5 minutes to spare I finished it. Sure I had to rush the colour scheme at the end for the sky, but I was still very proud of what I had accomplished in two short hours.

As usual I have found another form of art I love and I want to take a course there sometime and practice mosaics at home. I found it relaxing even though I was rushing to finish and a person could spend hours just grabbing the right colours and shapes of the glass even before applying them onto a surface. Once completed we had to let the mosiacs dry for 24 hours before we grouted if we so desired. I wanted to grout my picture as I had put non linear shapes of glass into my piece, and needed to fill in some space where possible. I am no stranger to grouting so when I was told the steps I mentioned I have grouted tile before so I’m good, and then once that is finished it needs to dry for another 24 hours or longer. The instructions and supplies were excellent and the instructors also gave tips and hints for us if needed. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours on the weekend.

Mosiac Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop - Grouting - Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop – Grouting – Candy Coated Culinista

Fused Glass Jewelry Making Workshop

Fused Glass Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Fused Glass Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Glass Mosaics Canada
Location: 709 The Queensway, Etobicoke , Ontario, 647-977-3030
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues & Wed: 12 – 7pm, Thurs & Fri: 12-8pm Sat: 11-6pm, Sub: 11-4pm

Another artsy workshop for me and this time it was fused glass jewelry. Fused glass is a new form of jewelry making that is no more than 20 years old. The instructors were giving us some back history and mentioned Murano Italy and immediately I thought of those glass charm beads on my Pandora bracelets that are made from Murano glass.

Fused glass has to be fired in a kiln from around 1000°F to 1500°F to simply melt the glass and therefore fuse it together. The glass you use for one piece must have the same COE (Coefficient of expansion) Canada uses basically one COE which I believe is 90 or 96. (There was so much information in this class) When the COE is the same you can expect all the glass to melt at the same time and rate and therefore prevent breaking and shattering as the glass cooled because they share the same COE.

The two techniques we used today were: stacked and overlay. Stacked involves layering thin pieces of glass on top of each other; but not stacking to high while leaving a minimum 1mm space between each piece of glass to allow each different colour to be seen. Overlay is laying pieces of glass flat beside each other and then placing a clear piece of glass bigger than the pieces below. When the clear glass melts it makes a nice cover or seal over the pieces or glass below and bonds them together.

Once again I found it hard to select the size and colours I wanted to use. The shapes for beginners were pretty much rectangular or square in nature yet it was still so hard to make my selections. After each of us laid out our designs we has to wash the glass to remove any dirt or debris, dry them and then place a little solvent in between each layer of glass to get them ready for firing. The third option we could try was a combination of the stacking and overlay techniques into one piece.

The studio also sells pendants, earrings and coasters. There are many classes offered here and I’d like to try them sometime. I went back a month later to pick up my jewelry and they turned out beautiful. The instructors affixed the pendant hooks for us and I can’t wait to wear my new pendants.

Fused Glass Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Fused Glass Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

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