Beach Glass Mosaics- Teacup and Mug

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3 Hours

Weather got you feeling blue because there's nothing much you can do? When I'm down because of the weather I usually try easy crafts because let's face it, the weather drains your energy! I decided to try puzzle piecing with pottery and china shards that I collected from our beach. What shape would I form with them?

Teacup or a Heart
Selecting a Template

I decided on a teacup since that's what some of the pieces actually were in the beginning. I traced a pattern onto some wax paper to use for tge outline. Next I imprinted that shape onto the watercolor paper as seen below. I wanted to be able to see the outline to know what areas of the paper would be painted for the background and the teacup area would stay white.

Painting Background

For the teacup art I used this grey chalk paint with a wet sponge brush to give it a very muted, washed look to the background. The outline left is the teacup and the steam which will also get a mosaic look with the addition of beach glass.

Tracing and Imprinting

The mug pattern shown here was done in the same manner, the small rounded tool there is what I used to trace an imprint onto my watercolor paper. TIP: I have a little trick for copying patterns from my tablet without the screen being touched and losing my place. How? I have a piece of plexi glass that I place over the screen and use tracing paper or wax paper in this case to trace over the design to get my template.

Puzzle Piecing

Now comes the fun part, fitting the shards together inside the outline! This can take a bit of time and requires patience to try, try and try again until you get it right. Luckily I had a few pieces to choose from, all kinds of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes as seen here. I chose white sea glass for the steam column and chinaware for the teacup.

*Note if you do not have access to beach glass, you could safely break up any cracked or chipped dinnerware you have rather than just tossing it! I'd sandwich the glass inside a towel and smash lightly with a hammer or mallet.

Teacup and Saucer
Teacup and Saucer Completed

I applied all of the pieces onto to the waterpaper with Aleenes Tacky Glue because it's strong and it dries clear. Get your pattern perfect before you start transferring and gluing to the background, this is a must! Here is the completed look in a shadow box picture frame.

Creating a Mug

I went another route next time , I tried to create a mug! I thought it too would make a great housewarming gift! Here is the image I found via Google and traced it onto waxed paper with a Sharpie for my outline. I didn't have tracing paper at the time so this was a substitution. .

Filling in the Pattern

I pieced them together on the outline first before gluing and transferring to the watercolor paper! The first attempt might not work out when you get to the last few pieces going in place, trust me I know! Here's the completed look for the mug, it has two handle pieces salvaged from the beach as well, see in the above photo. The steam column again was created with tiny clear sea glass that would have originally been bottles. This time for the background I chose a light green and the mug shards were mostly whites.

Mug Completed

My motto has always been to use what I have, so on this rainy day I was able to make two housewarming gifts from old dishes that had gotten tossed away! I may have collected the pieces on a beautiful sunny day at the beach but I made great use of them when the weather kept me inside! It brightened my day afterwards too because I was able to create artwork that would bring a smile to the recipients! 😃

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  • Barb C Barb C on Jan 28, 2018
    Very cute idea. TY. Have you ever used broken china instead of sea glass? Can you somehow soften the edges to give it a sea glass look? Maybe sand it?

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  • Daisy'smum Daisy'smum on Feb 18, 2018
    I totally agree with your motto of use what you have. I call it 'cottager's philosophy', waste not want not!

    • Haha that's the first time I've heard it called that, I think mine came from humble beginnings and a very creative mom! Thanks so much Daisy for your comment!

  • Suzy Googoo Suzy Googoo on Sep 22, 2018

    How freaking adorable!!!