These were last winters project. I am at a loss what to do this year.
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Blackbird in the crabapple tree
Birds in my garden
Sailboat at sunset
Robin on her nest
Squirrel in leaves
Daisy and bugs
This last one is the only one that is not a diamond set centered within a square. It was the first made, and set incorrectly into the concrete.
These are lovely! What a great hobby - and talent! How long have you been making these?
These were my first ever and a real learning experience.
Your stones are beautiful. Did you use a pattern to make them?
Really beautiful stepping stones. Great talent! Thank you very much for sharing. I wish I had a little bit of your talent. Thank you again.
Wow, these stepping stones are beautiful!
wow they are truly beautiful stepping stones!!!
How lovely! Such creative designs. Can I ask, do you cut your stained glass by hand, or do you have a glass saw?
Thank you very much for the compliments. I did not have a pattern, infact I barely knew what I was doing for each stone until i looked at my buckets of glass and saw what colors i had left. Running out meant trips into town and new colors, new flowers, birds. By the end i used scraps, for the deer in the forest, the silhouettes, ship and the stringy freeform, rather than buy more glass. I think the last turned out the best, the ship, very limited in colors, but really pretty.
I didnt use patterns, but just pictures for reference. The daisy stone with the bugs, i had several garden catalogs open, many torn pictures of bugs. I just adapted what i saw, how the stem bent, the shape of the leaf, how the unevenness of the petal that conveys angle to the viewer. I cut with a simple wheeled hand cutter just like a pen. And nothing was exact, just as it fit my eyes view. i cant make a straight cut to save my soul.
I cut and layed the glass directly onto contact paper that I had precut to fit 15x15 inch forms my husband made from a broken melamine shelf. All of the glass was cut and pieced and stacked ready to go before the concrete work started.
lay the contact paper glass up, inside the form, and pour over it, flipping it like an upsidown cake when it hardens. Unmold it and peel off the contact paper. Its like Christmas, almost unbelievable we did this ourselves. We pour four at a time, they are 2.5" thick, (i think) but half way thru is a piece of strong wire mesh, to strengthen the stepstone.
Glass work wasnt difficult, Concrete work was backbreaking. My husband said never again.
Really very beautiful
You are good!
See if you can talk your hubby in to doing it again. I'd hate to see all that talent go to waste.
I too, like the ship. I also like the Daisies and bugs. The petals are shorter in the back giving the flowers a 3D appearance. Nice job!
Here is a link that might be useful: My garden pictures
Going into business with my best girlfriend and need a name. We will be selling our garden art creations on Etsy,the e-commerce site that follows in the tradition of open craft fairs (Etsy is a cross between Amazon and ebay).
We create one-of-a-kind mosaic designs for the garden such as. mosaic garden art, stepping-stones, gazing balls, birdhouses, and also mosaic home dÃÂ©cor or wall art.
Some words that describe our designs are mosaic, garden art, wall art, whimsical, re-purposed, handmade, natural, unusual, unique, large, colorful, fun, bright, bold, earth tones, garden tones, cool tranquil tones, timeless, rustic,
We create 12-13Ã¢ÂÂ mosaic garden art using glass gems, pique assiette (broken dish tile), iridescent glass tiles, ceramic tile, stained glass, vintage jewelry and other fun bits.
We are looking for a whimsical name similar to Ã¢ÂÂGarden DelightÃ¢ÂÂ, but different.
We are passionate about our creations and already have several offers to purchase our work and alas, NO NAME!!
Got any great ideas for us?!!
Michelle, start your own thread. It's bad form to add on to someone else's.
Beautiful! "Freeform" is my favourite! Good luck with the business!