Sunday, May 23, 2010

I've been working on making these polymer clay mosaic tiles the past few days. It's kind of addictive and I am really having fun with these. They are a little time consuming but that's okay. Here I've laid them out around a mirror to see how they might look as a frame. It's impossible to photograph a mirror without being in the picture so I laid a piece of wax paper over it.

You can use all sorts of things to imprint the clay before baking. I used a lot of the rubber stamps I have but you can also use old jewelry, tools, leaves and sticks and just about anything that comes to mind. You can use a wooden toothpick to write or draw into the clay if you don't have the right word stamp. It certainly sparks the creative juices.

After the clay has baked you can get really creative with paint. I like to use my Perfect Pearls paint powder to give them a metallic sheen. The good part about this project is that if I have a space that needs a certain size tile I can simply cut one to fit. I have also incorporated some of the beach glass chips I bought, but in the future I plan on using lots of fused glass tiles, scrabble tiles, and glass and handmade paper beads.
The weather gods are blessing us with some very rare sunshine today so I may have to get out of the house and get some.
Carpe Diem!

44 comments:

  1. OOOOooooooo this is fabulous KJ. What fun.

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  2. Nice to see that artysoulsisters are still creating!!! I tried making these and burnt them to a crisp in my little counter oven. At what temperature do you bake yours?
    Yours are very pretty and cool. I want to do it too!!!

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  3. what a fantastic project this is, and so you! and i am so happy that you posted it here artysoulsister.
    keep on keeping on and carpe diem.

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  4. it's incredible..i really like it!

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  5. These tiles are beautiful! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting.

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  6. Oh, they are beautiful! You are so talented. ~karen

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  7. I am a fabric artist but I saw these tiles and thought WOW these are fantastic. Keep the good work going.
    Suzy

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  8. These are great! Ive got some polymer clay waiting for things to happen to it. You have inspired me.

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  9. what a beautiful idea and realization! great art work and mosaic! :] oOo

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  10. I'm addicted just looking at this beautiful, original puzzle!

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  11. love love loveee!!..and thank you for sharing the idea so hardheads like me can use it...great! :-) \m/

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  12. This is beautiful! Love what you do with clay!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful! Each tile seems to tell a little story of its own. I loved to look at each design.. Wonderful work

    Wysteria

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  14. GOSH!!! That is gorgeous...I absolutely love it. Seriously (Don't think I can make it myself but still...LOVE IT)

    Great job = )

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  15. this is such a cool project... I really want to try this.. thanks for sharing. looking forward to more of your work

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  16. Lynn, those are fantastic, each tile is a wonderful work of art!!

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  17. I did a little exploring today, Laurel, and found this. I like this very much. How relaxing it must be to form the clay, cut the squares and then impress the designs. And, later - the painting. The process, as I read it, has a very calming effect on me.

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  18. This is such a great site! I like the way you set this up! Great content and images as well! Thanks for sharing this!...Daniel

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  19. hi..i love this. I just blog hopped in here... nice artwork.

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  20. your tiles are beautiful and so creative!

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  21. The tiles look wonderful and you can really see, that you enjoyed doing them :) I am very curious what you will do with them at the end !!

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  22. I wanted to make something like this! This looks wonderful - I love these little tiles:)

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  23. They look really pretty. I'd love a mirror like this. It's a great idea to make your own tiles and to colour them too, sounds fun!
    Jess xx

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  24. What a fun thing to do?
    They turned out great!

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  25. What a fun project! These look fabulous. What are you going to do with them?

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  26. This is so cool! What a neat idea! Now I'm going to have to try it...your tiles are very lovely.

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  27. Those are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm actually teaching mosaic making to one of my elementary classes now. Maybe we will make polymer tiles some time! We're just using the pre made mini ceramic tiles and grout.

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  28. Very cool, what a great idea and I love the colors.

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  29. Wow Mim, these look really lovely, such pretty colours, shapes and patterns. I've never used clay! Must have a go.

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  30. Fantastic art... Very nice additions to the mirror ...

    Best wishes from Buenos Aires...

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  31. This is really beautiful and looks like a whole lotta fun to create!

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  32. Not sure which place to visit, I try to say hi to people when they visit my place. Kj is an awesome person, thanks for coming to my place:-)
    as far as the tiles go, I wouldnt have the patience to do that...I have respect for people who do.

    Wander

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  33. interesting read...I long for a real soul sister.....

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  34. This art is awesome. Would make an engaging
    table top.

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  35. Me encantan las fotografías, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.
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