Mirror and stained glass kimono
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Mirror and stained glass kimono

by Cathy Sohl
(Scottsdale, AZ)

Mirror and stained glass kimono on cement backer board

Mirror and stained glass kimono on cement backer board

My first mosaic.

I decided to take a mosaic class at the local arts center. I didn't realize that I should start small and simple like the other class attendees. I had a 2 x 3 foot piece of cement board and I was determined to fill it up with pieces of stained glass.

I had a few false starts (stained glass is surprisingly easy to scrape off cement board), and this is the project I ended up with. Many, many small pieces of glass and mirror, there were a few times I took a little break, so it took me almost a year to complete. Sadly, I also have to work for a living.

By the time it was completed, I was very nervous about the grouting process, especially since it had been almost a year since I had taken the class. And of course, since I wasn't doing simple and small, I decided to use three different colors of grout. I think it turned pretty good for a first time project and it definitely started a need to play with stained glass and mirrors a little more.

I'm finally putting together a "real" work area instead of a corner of my bedroom and hope to spend a lot of time (when not hanging out at work or with grandkids). I also plan to get a few more tools besides a little glass cutter and tile nippers to make the process go a little faster.

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