We’ve all had an “Oops” moment where we broke a vase, plate, or teapot that we loved or we knew was important to someone else. Well thanks to the useful and instructive book Making Bits & Pieces Mosaics, those accidents can be transformed into decorative keepsakes. For when you’ve fallen upon shard times…
The folk art of making mosaics, or “pique assiette” (a French term that comes from “stolen from plate”) is found all over the world and is at least a century old. We’ve already posted inspiring examples of this on RecycleScene, as both the bottle garden in California and the rock garden in India are examples of intricate large-scale mosaics.
Whether large, like the garden examples mentioned above, or small, like a flower pot or piece of jewelry, the methods of creating pique assiette mosaic art projects are the same- and super easy to do at home!
Recycled Mosaic Art Projects
The heart of making mosaic art projects is recycling- it all starts with raw materials such as broken pottery, colorful sea glass, junk jewelry or other found materials. If you just broke your favorite plate, then you’ve already got your starting materials. If you don’t want to hold on to your broken bits and pieces until you have enough, you’ll have to seek out more. This could be as simple as asking friends, family and neighbors if they have any broken pottery or old ceramics they no longer want.
Thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and classified websites like Craigslist are also good hunting ground for ceramics. If you want to use it and it’s not broken, Making Bits & Pieces Mosaics discusses some safe ways to break up pieces into shards. Spoiler: safety goggles are a must!
Chip off the ol’ plate
If you’ve laid tile in your house then you probably already have the tools you need to get started. A quick trip to the hardware store or craft or hobby shop should supply you with glue and grout, although there’s a longer list of additional tools that will make your creative process easier. You’ll also need to choose a base- an object or surface you plan to cover with shards.
Making Bits & Pieces Mosaics includes many mosaic art project ideas and design tips well worth your time. Vases, flowerpots, or a lamp base are all nice small projects to get you started. Think of this for example: If it accidentally broke, your mother’s favorite teapot can live on in her garden as a wonderful birthday gift birdbath. Some of the more interesting projects featured in the book are a whole fireplace or the back of a chair. What’s more, the project ideas are good for mosaic art of all levels.
No matter what you choose to beautify, this book will walk you through all the finer details. The best part is you’ll end up with something uniquely yours or with a beautiful gift.