Sunday, December 25, 2011
People have asked how I sign my name on my mosaics. It's really easy! Just use a small bit on a Dremel tool. Take a look at the bit in this photo on my old Dremel. I'd recommend practicing a few times on some scrap glass like I did in the photo. The vibrations might throw your signature off if you aren't used to it. It usually shows up a little lighter. If you want it to show up a little bolder and darker, sign your work before you grout (if using a dark color, it will show up darker). Have fun!
Posted by Barbara Benson (Bebe) Keith at 7:24 PM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
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I'm just finishing up the border today and should be grouting later this week. Here are some photos that show some of the details.
Here you can see the long cleat on the back of the mosaic, near the top. The bottom of the cleat is 10" from the top edge.
Overall shot. Just the border left! Sides and top and bottom are about 69 1/2" inches. (Some spots vary slightly down to around 69 1/4".)
The cleat under the top. (The screws ends will be cut off so they are nearly flush with the nuts.)
Cross section. You can see how the glass is slightly uneven in thickness. Including the cleat depth, the thickness is about 1 1/4".
The frame (better than this block of wood!) will cover part of the glass edge and finish it off. About 1/4" or 5/16" overhang on frame might be good.
The frame profile might look something like this.
The top and bottom cleat that will go on the wall.
(Vicki: Dusty Bill 24" x 24". Last original from The Girls and Boys of Mother Goose. Unframed.)
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
WIP: "Green Place in the City" This is the center panel. I've muted the mint green from the original. Starting work on the houses now! Once this panel is done, I'll attach it to the large board and start in on the surrounding houses.
Posted by Barbara Benson (Bebe) Keith at 7:38 AM
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Here is my next project! I'm collaborating with Sister Ansgar Holmberg to create a large mosaic based on her painting for a new assisted living home. Here is her original painting:
This is the design (see below). It has the original painting in the center, but it's been extended by a circle to echo the interior design theme. There will also be a mosaic border, shown here only with the mustard color.
Here is the board. It is 5'9.5" square made of two layers of wedi board. I made it so the pieces are arranged so there are no straight lines all the way across. This will make it stronger.
I used an overhead projector to trace the design onto the board.The center green space and all of the buildings will be on a 1/4" raised panel.
Getting started! I'm going to try to tame the greens with more yellow based greens.
Posted by Barbara Benson (Bebe) Keith at 10:05 AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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Friday, July 1, 2011
My birthday is this month, and to celebrate I'm offering all of you 25% off of everything in my etsy shop! There are mosaics, books, cards, paintings... Just select any items you want and put them in your cart, and then use this coupon code when you check out:
JULYSPECIAL (no spaces)
Thanks, and enjoy!
Posted by Barbara Benson (Bebe) Keith at 7:51 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Hi! I have just added a new item to my Etsy store. It's a collection of ten postcards featuring my mosaic work. I had these for sale at my art tour show and they were a big success. People were getting them to use as postcards, but also just to put up on the fridge, and a few said they were planning on framing some of them. You can buy them HERE. Ten postcards for only $9. Enjoy!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
I decided to finish up this butterfly wing before starting in on the final panel of the mural. I started this one during a demo at an art fair in April and it's been sitting patiently waiting for me to finish it ever since.
This is going in the same building as the big mural, but it will be down the hall and around the corner by the elevators. It's one of a series of three 20" x 20" mosaics that will be hung there.
Posted by Barbara Benson (Bebe) Keith at 2:38 PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I've just finished grouting the third panel (out of six) for the mural I'm working on. It's five feet high, and six and a half feet wide so far.
I used some textured leaves that are very pretty and iridescent. I was a little worried about cleaning them, but the grout came right off with a toothbrush.
Posted by Barbara Benson (Bebe) Keith at 10:03 AM
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The familiar African Proverb is the title of this piece created for a neonatal unit. 26"h x 38"w, stained glass mosaics, with some screen printing and some fused pieces. My initial design was more of a European style village at night, but they wanted more of a neighborhood feel and daytime. They also wondered if it was possible to hide a kangaroo somewhere in the piece. Do you see her?
Posted by Barbara Benson (Bebe) Keith at 11:02 AM