How to Jazz up a Dull Lamp-base With Mosaic

4 Materials
2 Hours

This charity shop gem lamp base was screaming out for a jazzing up and I had just the right glass pieces left over from another project to transform it.

Lamp base ready to be jazzed up

The plain wood base is going to be adorned with smalti a type of mosaic glass tile that is hand made and pieces are with chunky varied shapes and colours .

Lamp base and smalti glass tiles

I use pva glue to stick tiles on and as not using grout I butt the glass tiles up tighter with no gaps. I start from bottom edge.

Glue tiles to base

Adding tiles but by bit . I then position the base to support somtiles don’t slide off until dry then position around to do next section.

Placing tiles into base with PVa

Choosing colours to compliment each other and varied sizes to add interest.

Positioning base to prevent tile slip

I continue adding tiles slowly letting each section dry in between.

Adding tiles

The base begins to look really colourful and with each layer it develops a personality.

Adding more tiles to base

Then at last is transformed and looking amazing. I created lampshade mosaic makeover to go with it ( see separate tutorial on how to create this look) and wow I’m so happy with how it turned out.

Mosaic lamp
Mosaic lamp base
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