Passage Glass Mosaic Panel
This fabulous panel is part of our Mosaic Horses collection of equestrian home decor. It is 12″ x 7.5″.
Each piece in the Mosaic Collection is the result of a multi-step process, each requiring careful patience and attention to detail. They are equally time-consuming and rewarding to make. Opening the kiln after firing a mosaic is always a thrilling moment. This panel, with its intricate mosaic design, highly decorative tiles, vibrant blue background, and the thin black line around each tile (caused by a chemical reaction between substances in the different colored glasses), is sure to be a delightful focal point in any equestrian home. Whether you want to add something special to your own home or are looking for a gift for an important occasion, this remarkable art piece promises to be a treasured addition to the surroundings of any horse lover.
Creating it was a 5-step process.
Creating the Mosaic Tiles: A piece of ivory glass was selected as the background for the tiles. It was hand-painted with red and gold mica paints and then fired in a kiln to a temperature of 1375 degrees to permanently adhere the paint to the glass. After cooling, the glass was cut into small pieces to be used to create the body of the horse.
Selecting Glass for the Background: For the background of the panel, two rectangles of glass were cut, one rich, opaque turquoise and the other clear.
Creating the Image: The body of the horse was drawn on the blue glass using a stencil created on my Glowforge laser cutter. The tiles were carefully cut and arranged to fit this shape. They were glued to hold them in place and the turquoise glass was then placed on top of the clear in preparation for fusing.
Fusing in the Kiln: The two layers were placed in a kiln and heated to 1475 degrees, the temperature at which glass melts and the layers fused together. It was held at that temperature long enough for the tiles to sink partway into the blue glass, but not completely. Their surface is still higher than the background glass.
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