Large Mosaic Birdhouse

This project started when I found this wooden birdhouse at a local thrift shop in Tybee Island. The asking price was $90.00.  👿 Oh, heck no! I really wanted it, so I offered $30. Soon, I was walking out with my new birdhouse.  😀

This is what it originally looked like with a few items attached to it, but I saw it as a blank canvas for me to mosaic.

It sat for almost two years, and I finally started the process, which you can follow in my next posts. My husband has offered many suggestions that, of course, I have ignored. One artist in a family is enough. He means well and did “bird dog” (i.e., find) many of the pieces I used on this birdhouse. He also graciously agreed to move it around many times until I decide its final place.

 

The house has some unique features such as the wood top.  And I like the horseshoe and perch.

To be continued…..

Mosaic “M” for my daughter, Melissa

My daughter LOVES New Orleans, so I thought I would make her a special mosaic to represent her love for this city.  Many of the items used are from shops around Savannah, Tybee Island and Charleston.   See below pictures of this fun and quirky piece…

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Leaves made from polymer clay
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I added a tiny bottle complete with message. The spider, skull and green coin were all finds from various antique/thrift shops in Savannah and Charleston.
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I made the red crab from polymer clay and got the red swizzle stick from a trip to New Orleans.
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Tiny round mirror adds visual interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Commission – NCPTA – North Carolina Physical Therapy Association

I was thrilled to be commissioned to do a mosaic piece for the head office of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association in Raleigh, NC.  The pieces were the letters “N, C, P, T, A.”  I carried a basic color theme throughout and included special, visually interesting pieces in each letter.  My goal was to be conservative – I’m known for being a bit whimsical – okay, VERY whimsical.  The project was a lot of fun and I was so honored to have been asked to make these letters.

Mosaic Letter “E”

One of my sisters-in-law asked me to make a New Orleans’ themed letter “E” for her boss.  He loves New Orleans, so I pulled together the brightest pieces I could find and went to work.  I made the leaves and crab from polymer clay.  I found the metal Mardi Gras mask at Goodwill and the jazz singer at a locat antique store.  

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Letter “K”

Whimsical and bright, this letter has lots of green, red and purple.  I made the leaves from polymer clay, then painted them.  I added a bird on a stick to the purple leaf.  After I grouted the piece, I sprayed a clear coat to seal and protect. 

 

Bird on a stick…

 

Polymer clay leaf…

I finished the back with red and white paper.