The client wanted me to use thick ceramic tiles left over from his bathroom decoration. He liked the design of another of my mosaics (From the Rising of the Sun). The rest was up to me as long as it ‘had some glittery bits’. Me? Glittery?!
The ceramic tiles given to me were really thick so I used cement adhesive (thinset) to build up the base so I could use coloured mirror (much thinner) within each moon. This was the only non-recycled material used,
I wrapped them in a tea towel and bashed them. Please, please don’t try this unless you are wearing protective goggles and gloves as the shards are sharp.Once you have cracked the bulb open, remove the clear glass disc (mmm…what can we use this for??). Using tile nippers like these…
…or two wheeled cutters like these, carefully cut the shiny material into workable sized tesserae.
You need to break the curve of the glass sufficiently so it doesn’t stick out too much when stuck down. Here’s what you end up with.
If you want to see another use of halogen light bulbs in mosaic, click here and look at my award winning Owl mosaic. It all started one day when I was just about to chuck two light bulbs away and said those immortal words “I wonder if there’s anything I can do with these….”