Our fourth of five SkillShare Workshops, funded by a generous grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation, was an AMAZING success!
Jami (standing) started by telling us about the basics of creating glass mosaics. For this workshop, we used 6 x 6 ceramic flooring tiles from Habitat for Humanity ReStore as our mosaic base. We traced the tile onto the brown craft paper and penciled in design ideas.
Then, we moved over to the glass cutting table.
From right to left: Crystal, Jami, Robert, Erin, Danielle.
To cut straight lines, you first score the glass with a glass cutter as Jan is doing.
Then, you use running pliers to snap the glass in two pieces along the score.
Carolyn (l) and Jen are a mother-and-daugher mosaic-making duo!
Danielle heads back to the kraft paper table and begins gluing her glass pieces to her tile.
After lunch, I led a stained glass demo in which we all got to help make a suncatcher that will be auctioned off in the 2012 Cool City Art Auction!
I showed (from l-r) Ali, Nicole, Robert and Michelle how to apply the flux to the copper tape with a paintbrush.
Then, everyone got to take a turn soldering a couple lines on the suncatcher! Jan solders while Michelle and I look on. Russ and I will finish up soldering at a later time, attach a chain and put the piece in the 2012 Cool City Art Auction with all of our names listed as the arists!
Since the glue was dry on our mosaics after the stained glass demo, Jami showed us how to apply the grout between the glass pieces. Erin makes sure to really get her grout into all of the spaces.
Robert had too much fun getting his hands covered in grout!
Michelle wets her sponge one last time to clean up her gorgeous mosaic! Everyone took home their tile to dry overnight.
With grout powder still on his hands and face, Robert gives the thumbs up to his Community Education Toolkit so that he can share the skills he learned with friends and colleagues in the community!