Up-cycle Old Glass Table Top to Stained Glass Mosaic Wall Light


Here's a surprise birthday gift I made for my dear hubby! It's made from an 42" big old glass table top!
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I have long dreamed of making something with stained glass for our home , but was a bit intimidated to start. When Jeff told me he had to take 2 trips the month before his birthday, I saw a perfect golden opportunity: a gorgeous SURPRISE gift as motivation(can still buy one if I fail), and days of not having to hide my work in progress!
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Stained glass mosaic requires fewer tools and materials than stained glass. All you need is a glass base, adhesive, grout, and tools to work with glass. MOST important are these 3 safety tips-goggles, gloves, and don’t rub your eyes while cutting glass!! Here's the old glass table top. It has a metal ring around it, perfect for this project!
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
The process is simple: draw a shape you need on the glass with a maker, score the cut line with a glass cutter, then break the piece off with the pliers. Straight lines are the easiest. Curved lines may need to be done in steps with more gradual curve in each step. Apply a little glue on the piece and press it onto the base glass surface.
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
The design is inspired by one of the rose windows of Notre Dame. I adapted the geometry, and incorporated images of those simple and sweet moments in our life together, such as hiking in mountains and forests, watching sunset by the ocean, growing a garden, picking fruits at orchards, etc.
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I printed a 1:1 scale drawing at a blueprint store, and taped it to the back of the table as a guide.
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
When all the pieces are glued in place, mix up the grout per specs on the bag, and apply it. I used SANDED grout.
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
The back lighting was easy, just a roll of LED strip lights, which adheres to the inside of the metal rim around the glass.
up cycle old glass table top to stained glass mosaic wall light, crafts, diy, lighting, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
We used super heavy duty picture hanging gears to hang this 72lb piece! For more details, visit link below!
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  • Wow, what a beautiful "labor of love"! How many hours did you have in it?

  • Holly Wantz Simons
    on Mar 12, 2018

    This is beautiful, but I don't see anywhere that you mention about where you got the colored glass?

    • Der21607414
      on Mar 13, 2018

      Try Ebay - I purchased a whole box of leftover glass from an artist and saved a lot.

  • Josh
    on Jun 10, 2018

    I know I’m very late to this post, and I apologize. My question is this though: What type of heavy duty picture hanging gears, how were they adhered to the piece, and where were they purchased? 72lbs is a stunning amount of weight to be supported by glue and hung from a wall. Thank you in advance for your help and the steps you took to create such a beautiful work or art. It is inspirational, at the very least, and supremely appreciated!

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  • Erin
    on Jun 10, 2018

    There are mosaic artists across the country who teach amazing skills. Google is your friend! Check Mosaic Mentoring on Facebook or americanmosaics.org

    Start saving your money because it’s easy to get hooked. You start a project and hours pass before you know it. It’s a Zen type of activity. Very relaxing.

  • Jer5303432
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Beautiful!

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