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©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics


Mosaic Fine Art Sculpture, Gazing Ball, Stained Glass, White, Bird, Modern Abstract, Art For Your Table
Price: $181.89

I call this piece: “Coasting On The Wings Of Tomorrow”

Imagine this in your home in an entryway, hall or guest room. Place in the center of your table for entertaining and you’ve got a focal point and discussion piece. This would be an appreciated birthday gift for those starting their art collection. The seasoned collector could appreciate the recycled elements. Soft in design to fit in any room. Makes a large statement in a subtle way. There’s not another piece of art like this one!

A lot of history about this mosaic: I wanted to use mostly items that were already available to me re-purposing what I could with what I could find. I started with a broken stem from a wine glass, a 6 inch white bisque ceramic sphere, stained glass and pieces of a broken mirror, a white porcelain bird (on sale at the local craft store) and an old blue and white glass marble from my own stash of collected items from family over the years. The final result is a small statue or sculpture measuring 15 inches high.

“Coasting On The Wings Of Tomorrow” was made to show at an art league I belonged to how a mosaic could be created using found objects and recycled materials. This sculpture has many interesting pieces in it. I started with a broken stem from a wine glass, a 6 inch white bisque ceramic sphere, stained glass and pieces of a broken mirror, a white porcelain bird (on sale at the local craft store) and a vintage blue and white glass marble from my own stash of collected items from family over the years.

Designs on the sphere were to look like waves but abstract design can be seen in many different ways. Some saw seahorses, some say they could see a few elephants. Many said they saw a very nice mosaic piece! Colors range in stained glass in white, lilac, aquamarine to a deep blue. Iridescent glass and small blue beads shaped like hearts were included.

The mosaic is grouted in white and sealed. The final result is a small sculpture measuring 15 inches high.

Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Shipping fees include shipping, insurance and handling to the US only. Please convo me for international shipping quotes.

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“Man must rise above the Earth — to the top of the atmosphere and beyond — for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” — Socrates
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Stay peaceful.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Mosaic Stained Glass Frame, Green, Brown and Blue Tones, Industrial, Woodland, Found Objects, Recycled, Repurposed, Upcycled
Price: $32.59

Measures 7-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches

Green and blue colors stand out on this frame. There’s so much to see! Lots of buttons, abalone shell beads, an old drawer pull cover, charms, stained glass, jewelry, mirror and much more. Grouted in brown and painted.

The back has a hole for a dowel which will only be included upon request.

This has done a little traveling (consignment shop, a craft show, and packed while moving) and the the grout has settled a bit around the vintage plastic buttons (I believe they are over 50 years old). These buttons seem to be adhered onto the frame as strongly as ever and the grout doesn’t chip away when touched which means I am leaving it as it is and not trying to repair it. These things don’t deter from the frame at all; if anything it makes the industrial feel this frame has even more apparent. For that reason, the flaws you see, if you see any, have become part of the art piece.

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Wavy Mosaic Vanity Tray, Ocean, Green and Blue Stained Glass, Upcycled – 15 x 7-1/2 inches
Price: $64.63

This old mirror vanity tray has been given my own special brand of mosaic treatment in hand cut stained glass colors of green and blue. Grouted in a sandy yellow color and sealed.

I recycled a tray from the past (circa 1970’s) giving it an uplift and new purpose. Taking something old and making it useful as well as eye appealing is what I love to do!

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Stained Glass Mosaic, Blue, Green, Upcycled/Recycled, Sun Catcher, Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary
Price: $86.62

Stained Glass Mosaic, Blue, Green, Upcycled/Recycled, Sun Catcher, Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary

9 Inch discarded microwave plate (with a slight chip/crack in it) is used to showcase many items almost all of them re-purposed including buttons, river stones and two unique fused glass pieces (broken).

Grouted in a hand blended grey, stones have been treated to give them extra shine. Those so much to see in this small piece of art. It is soothing to look at, very peaceful in design to give the flowing appearance of water in a stream. Looks fantastic sitting in the window as seen in the photos. Stand is not included.

Item price includes shipping, insurance and handling to the US. Please convo me for international shipping quotes.

Be at Peace.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

Even the titles to my treasuries are becoming too wordy … hahaha … Good Monday morning to you all! Cutting back on the amount of teams I had joined and giving myself time to enjoy the favorite ones more, here is an all Upcyclers Team treasury to start off the week.

Stay peaceful.

©2012 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

This week is dedicated to the imagination of the fine artisans who find an item discarded along the road or in a dusty garage and sees it as something that just needs a little TLC to make it useful again or sees something else entirely different when they study it. Creating a new piece of art, a bird feeder, a table setting, a clock out of old pieces of “junk” takes a lot of talent. I applaud you all, loudly, for your efforts in creating and restoring the things I’ve found to share here this week. Take a look!

©2011 ohiopicker, Vintage Electric Fan orange spider web cage, Price: $98.00


©2011 redyellowandblueink, Bird feeder upcycled traffic light eco friendly recycled birdfeeder, Price: $60.00


©2011 1byliz, recycled bike clock - green lines, Price: $42.00


©2011 RecycledDenims, Recycled Denims Reversible Placemat, Price: $25.00


©2011 EllieMacDesigns, Wall Hanging Recycled Flower Wall Art, Price: $25.00


©2011 agoodlifedesigns, Olive Green Recycled Paper Bowl, Price: $20.00


©2011 PaulaArt, Set of Four Napkin Ring Holders from reclaimed scrap metal, Price: $45.00


Can’t wait for the Compilation to see the Daily Design Picks I find? Head on over to tumblr and follow me there. Each day I pick something from Etsy relating to the theme for the week. It’s still fun to see them all together shared here in a photo blog each Saturday. Often they look really terrific together and compliment each other well. Remember, tomorrow begins a new theme and a whole new week of great finds selected for “Eye for Design and Color”.


Have a creative weekend!

Stay peaceful.


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In the Studio

Progress Has Been Made: I’m still working on the newest idea for the gazing balls. It is working out fairly well so far.

The first thing I did was cover a 1o inch bowling ball with plastic wrap. My favorite is Glad’s Press’N Seal. I used to take it to the classes I taught last year for the students to wrap their coasters up in once I discovered how easy it was to use. The next step was to cover it in plaster cast strips and wait for it to dry. Before it was completely solid, we scored a line around it to make it easier to cut.

scoring before drying completely made it easier to remove

I found this particular picture below really cool looking. The spheres I made ranging in size from 6 inches to 8 inches. One foam ball has yet to be covered in plaster wrap but once it is, I’ll have 5 to put some fun designs on. They will stay where they are until I am finished with the custom order. I have great plans for them! Once the plaster was completely dry, my daughter and I cut the strips and gently removed each half.

I love this shape!

More strips were added to put it back together again. This weekend I’ll be getting some insulation foam to spray inside. Building 2 inches on this should be fairly easy. At that point I can start making the rest of the spheres needed just like this! Woo-hoo!

I really do love the way the half sphere came off of the ball and immediately thought how cool it would be to make a mosaic bowl using this technique. I will definitely have to try it!

Some Work-In-Progress: I’ve always got something to work on and lots of inspiration around me. Having a small space to work in is actually working out for me. I don’t like being surrounded by so many packing boxes but as time goes on they will be replaced with clear ones so that I can see the colors of tess I have accumulated.

A while back I started working on a glass bowl I had been given. Covering it in stained glass was the plan but as I was trying to veer away from the design on the bowl, my vision got jumbled and it was an ugly mess!


I yanked all the glass off of it and decided, with the helpful suggestions of many friends on flickr to go with the flow of the design instead of fighting with it. I also knew the colors weren’t working for me. The second time around, I picked some glass made in hues of purple and pink. I have found it to be a lot more pleasant to look at.

much better!

When something isn’t working and I’m still trying to make it happen, it takes a long time and I fight the whole process. It’s exhausting, frustrating and irritating to keep pushing when it just isn’t right. The above example proves that once I decided to go with the flow instead of fighting with it, the process became easy. Yet another life lesson.

I also used this glass to mosaic a candle holder. There will be some major grouting happening soon!

I played with dish tiles this week too! I usually am not all that pleased with my work after I’ve done something with them. I have gotten used to using stained glass and mirror and the results with each. Dishes are wonderful and I really enjoy collecting them and nipping them up for use in my mosaics. I have decided that the style has to be considered Folk Art or Tramp Art in order for me to like what I’ve done.

I need to hone my dish tile skills a lot more but I have lots of dishes around me. No problem there. I am learning that some times I am drawn towards dish shards and other times stained glass. Switching from thing to thing is good! I think it’s what keeps me happily creating.

Art Deco mosaic tray - not yet grouted

“Atomic” design plates, a dogwood flower plate for the focal, Depression glass plate in green and some Millefiori added to this gave the Art Deco tray an uplift. The ceramic Art Deco tray and the Depression glass came from the stash of goodies I got when we sorted through some family treasures.

small silver-plated mosaic tray - not yet grouted

The silver-plated tray got the “atomic” treatment too but the pieces were cut much smaller to fit.

I do like them both and am happy with the results. It’s just so different than working with stained glass! Make no mistake … it’s ALL fun!!


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

While looking at a group of gazing balls and spheres photos I’ve made within the last year plus some, I noticed, once again, how much I like this mosaic table sculpture I made for the presentation I gave at the art league in April.

I found a lot of photos showing the progress of where it started and how it finished and thought it would be something to share here as the Featured Item. It was fun for me to go back and look at these, I hope you enjoy it too.

it started with a broken wine glass

a 6 inch bisque sphere, once stained glass is added, will get glued on top of the stem

a porcelain bird and an old glass blue marble perch on top

glass and mirror have been added to the sphere

swirly design to resemble waves

I see two elephants but once grouted they aren't as visible

not yet finished gluing glass and mirror

grouted in white

lots of silver mirror added to the top (pre-grout)

"Coasting On The Wings Of Tomorrow" is complete

Tomorrow I’ll be adding another weekly post doling out the great finds I’ve shared on Tumblr. There will be a photo and the link on how to find these awesome items and placed together in one spot. Hopefully in that way you can see how the theme works together. So far I’ve done them on Tumblr for two weeks; all of them will be in one post tomorrow. After that it will be just one week at a time in a post I’ve dubbed: “Daily Design Picks Compilation”. Not every week will be themed but most of them are similar to what I find when I do Etsy Treasury’s and I always have a theme in mind. When I do those, there’s often one item I find so neat I have to share it.

Enjoy the last official weekend of Summer and wave hello to cooler weather. Although warmth is always welcome, I enjoy the crisp air that Autumn provides. I’m happier with less humidity. Stay safe and make your day creative!


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

In keeping with what seems to be becoming a theme for me, I found a fantastic artist who creates butterflies, dragonflies and flowers using barbed wire and metal. All of those lovely things seem to be finding me without my having to look very hard. If you follow the blog or my Facebook page you know I’ve donated a butterfly recently, made one for my grandson with the pull tab wings, and just made a flower and dragonfly to donate within the next few weeks. I like this theme!

This week the featured item is coming from an Etsy shop. merritthyde, Merritt Hyde – Rustic Original Art & Gifts has some of the most unique handmade items I’ve seen in a long time. The use of recycled materials is what made these things become interesting for me but what made me stay and search her entire inventory are the colors!

Her profile says: “rusted barn tin, old wood and barbwire become works of art and beauty while still retaining a sense of history and character”. How cool is that?

Please welcome Merritt’s art to your world and take a slow look through her shop. The whimsy involved in creating her art is similar to the folk art that appeals to me. The colors are bright and trendy; although I’m not fond of following trends, I have to say some of the colors being used right now in home decor and handmade art is fresh and appealing. I seem to gravitate towards green … it’s an earth color after all. If that makes it trendy, then so be it!

The designs are simple. Each item is something we all could find a place for in our home or give anyone as a gift. I love her original style!

Merritt’s Etsy shop has become an instant favorite of mine. I will visit often!

It wasn’t easy to find a favorite piece to feature here today. Many things caught my eye and I could say the entire inventory in the shop is a favorite. However, one, mostly because of the color, caught my eye right away.

© Merritt Hyde Rustic Original Art & Gifts

Isn’t this awesome?! It has a wire attached so it can be hung on the wall or used as a magnet. Perfect!!

Please visit Merritt’s shop and let her know if you found her here through this blog.


I’ll be busy in the studio because the humidity has lifted which means my mosaics are just about dry enough to grout this weekend. Woo-hoo!

Next week I start prep work on the gazing balls. That should take about a month to complete before I can start the fun of adding the gold mirror to them but I will be creating small mosaics in between to keep the muse happy! As usual, as I make them, I’ll be adding photos to the flickr photostream and sharing them as I do.

Have a great weekend!!


©2011 Cindy White, EarthMotherMosaics

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