Glass Mosaic Window Hanger
One thing I have wanted to do for a long time is create some type of glass mosaic window hanger. I like to think a little bit outside of the ordinary. I didn’t want to build a wood structure… hmmm what could I use for the framework?
Looking around my office, I spotted two matching unhung pictures that were given to me a while back.
The same exact prints (much larger) were hanging in my living room so I didn’t know exactly where I should hang them. So there they sat for the longest time tucked between bookcases. I didn’t really pay attention to them until recently as my desire to create a mosaic grew and I started looking for ways to do it.
We have many beautiful mosaic artists that follow our Re-Scape Facebook page and they all create beautiful things.
I love mosaic but haven’t actually worked in stained glass or broken pieces and then one day I saw someone’s creation from flat backed glass beads. Well there you have it! I had plenty of those in a variety of colors I use for glass vases, decorating different items so I thought, Yes! I decided I would try this in one of the picture frames but it was going to present a couple of problems like how would I get the glass to stay in the frame as there would be no backing and how was I going to do the design when it would actually be facing out.
My first challenge was tackling the design.
I had to work with the glass inside the frame with the backing in place and secure as there is a margin in the frame and I couldn’t go right to the edges of the glass. The best way to do this was having the glass in place. I then sat down with a basket of flat backed glass beads in the colors I wanted to use. I love the sun and the moon so I thought I would do one of each since I have two frames.
The materials I used for the whole project are:
- A variety of sizes and colors of flat backed glass beads
- A wall hanging picture frame with glass (backing removed)
- A can of spray paint to paint the frame
- A block hand sander
- Wood dowels
- E-6000 glue
- A special sharp blade Exacto Knife
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towel
My dining room table would be the work spot. I put a foam board and cloth down to work on and went to work arranging the pieces.
I started from the inside with the yellow moon design. I had to get that right in order to keep it there. This was all a lot of guess work for me as I hadn’t done it before. The creative juices really started flowing….I began placing different beads in and out of the design as I found the way they would fit and hug each other better. I also wanted to keep some sort of color design flow so that the moon would show up and when the light would shine through it, the design wouldn’t get lost. This process took several days as I couldn’t work on it all the way through. I would continually have to leave it for my other obligations on the website and Facebook pages. I vowed the next time I did it I would devote certain days to work continually to stay “in the groove” creatively.
Days later I sat down with my final design and then had to pick up each glass bead and glue it down.
E6000 Glue has some flexibility when drying so I could actually move pieces around a bit to assure a good fit. Yes, this was time consuming and a bit on the tedious side but this part had to be done in one sitting in order to make sure the design was right, everything was glued properly and glue wasn’t dripping all over the beads or the frame. So happy I stuck to it as I did have to move things around a bit and remove glue before it hardened. Not too bad for my first try….not too bad at all!
Next I let that dry for a few days.
I went over the tops of the beads pressing them firmly into place and making sure nothing was loose. E-6000 needs time to dry properly and I wasn’t sure if I had used enough on them so the only way to know was let it dry and then “test” by trying to pull them up. Yes, I know, trial and error. That part worked out pretty well. After it had dried properly, I carefully turned the frame over and removed the backing then pulled the beaded glass out and set aside.
Now it was time to spray paint the frame. It is a very sturdy wood frame but it had a blond color finish and it didn’t go well with the mosaic stones. It has a bit of glossy finish to it too. I took the block hand sander (fine grit) and gently sanded the entire front of the frame. It was a little tricky as there is a curve to the edges but as they say “patience is a virtue”. I wiped the frame off and then brought it outside to spray paint. I used Rust-Oleum American Accents Ultra Cover 2X in Satin Lagoon. This spray paint coats very nicely and gave it just the right finish! (also one of my favorite colors!). I let that dry thoroughly overnight.
Now I had some challenges….how would I secure the glass back into the frame? How would I be able to put a hanger on it without the glass falling out?
Well, it was an inspired solution! First, I turned the frame over on its back and applied E-6000 to the lip (of the inside of the frame) where the glass would lay. I already had the allowance on the glass because I glued it while in place. I then carefully placed the beaded glass into the frame and pressed all around the glass back where the glue was to secure the bond. The next part is truly inspired! I had round wood dowels on my studio bench in long lengths. I decided to cut the dowel to fit over the back of the glass around the inside of frame so it would create an inside “frame” to hold the glass in place when it is hung up. This worked like a charm! Because the back side was finished off too, the mosaic would now look good from either the front or the back!
Well, the only part left is attaching a chain hanger to the back side of framework. I got a slender black chain from the plant department of a store and have the hooks to attach.
I am so pleased with the outcome I can’t wait to start on my next glass mosaic! This time however I will be using to glass front cabinet doors with the hinges attached for my next creations….but that’s a story for the next time! I hope this has inspired you to try new and wonderful ways to recycle, repurpose and reuse those everyday things all around you. Please be sure to give me some feedback, ask questions and let me know how you Re-Scape! Please check out our Re-Scape Facebook page and our Pinterest boards for lots more exciting Inspiration!
Until next time, thank you for joining me! Brenda