Mosaic Fish

5 Materials
2 Days

Empty wine bottles, shards of a mirror and glass nuggets turned into a fish decoration for my backyard
Colourful bottles were piling up in our cellar.....Lightweight concrete blocks can be shaped easily in form. You can use saws, graters and files. It is better to work outside, as it produces a lot of dust. Wear a mask for health reasons.
I drilled a hole and added an iron rod to stick it into the ground later. The stick is glued into the fish body by tile adhesive.
I started with the face and worked my way around the eye. If you like, you can draw the patterns first or just follow your intuition.
You need a lot of shards to go on. This is a standard German wine bottle in green. I smashed it either in a bag with a cloth around it or in a bucket full of water. Please make sure to wear eye protection.
This is a German prosecco bottle in a wonderful blue colour. Collect bottles, old vases, whatever colours you like.
Around the eyes I used samples from a tile market. They were glued onto a plastic shield. You can remove them from the shield by soaking them in luke warm water.
There are various types of pincers on the marked for breaking tiles or glass. The right one is the cheapest hardware store one and at the same time my favourite one, as it is strong and easy to handle. They help you to get the size of shards you want to use (wear eye protection).
For gluing the shards onto your object, you have to add water to your tile adhesive. It should have a texture of thick yoghurt. Of course, there are instructions on the package. The tiny spatula helps to apply the adhesive. You might also like to add the adhesive to your shard and stick it on the object then.
Here is the fish with all the shards glued onto it. I decided to finish one side first, before adding shards to the other side and added the grout on this side first before finishinig the other side.
Water has to be added to the grout (just like you have already done for the tile adhesive). The texture should be the same, thick yoghourt. A tiny spatula makes it easier to apply it. Just try to fill the gaps and sratch off the surplus grout mud.
When the grout has dried half-way, you can wipe off any surplus with an old cloth. The right point of time is easy to find: when too much of the grout disappears between the shards, it's too early. But don't wait too long, when it's getting hard it will be impossible to remove.
It took me two days, as I decided to let everyhing dry well before going on. The adhesive needs a day to become hard and durable, with the grout you can turn the fish over in a few hours.
A very easy and rather cheap project.

As I'm from Germany, I don't really know your products. But if you have any questions, please contact me.
The German tutorial can be found here:
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  • Crystal
    on Apr 17, 2019

    This is absolutely beautiful. Well done. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for showing us.

  • Denise Robertson
    on May 9, 2019

    I really love this whole idea and want to make several. I noticed the rod is very slender and short. I’m guessing it sits close to the ground. Any ideas on a longer rod out of? So that I might have them intermittent 2’ - 4’ above the ground? Thank you!

    • Patricia ruffino
      on Sep 24, 2019

      I would think you could use Rebar, it comes in many lengths and can be painted for rust prevention.

  • Cathy Potter
    on Sep 25, 2019

    Where did she get the fish?

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  • Da.herrmann
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Thank you very much. The adhesive is a special powder to be mixed with water for tiles. Just as you use it for bathroom or toilet tiles. It's light grey here in Germany. When I do mosaics with bottle shards on glass panes, I use silicone glue, as it is used for aquariums.

  • Kelleysdiy
    on Jan 14, 2020

    So beautiful, youre very talented!

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