Mosaics are magical in the garden - they sparkle in rain and glint in sunshine and provide colour all the year around. These mosaic balls look grand mounted alongside blooms or intrigue peeping out from the undergrowth - and they float, making them perfect for water features!
I have been making and teaching mosaics for 15 years and this is definitely a favourite project with my students, it's a really great starter project, with the idea that you can quickly progress to other projects at home.
Watch and enjoy a 25 minute demo of making the mosaic balls, - no need to line up your materials at this stage.
Guidance is provided on shaping and placing the tiles, creating a keystone, which is the foundation of much mosaic work, so the techniques you earn here are very useful. Shaping your tiles is essential to accommodate the spherical shape of a ball (but don't forget there are also designs that do not require any cutting at all).
The making of four alternative designs is shown, (the options are endless), filmed completely from beginning to end using timelapse. To finish there is a demonstration of dry grouting (no water or sponges). All in all, it's easily achievable for anyone!
Balls that are made without cutting any tiles make a perfect activity for children, including parties, watch the video and read the recommendations for this.
All the tiles on this course can be purchased from The Craft Kit (also associated company Mosaictraderuk or Mosaictraderusa), Mosaic Heaven or Hobby Island - favourite suppliers of mosaic tiles - they have a comprehensive range of wonderful materials at hard to beat prices. All the links you need for materials or tools required are provided. A full shopping list is included on the course but for guidance tiles cost (approx) from £11.50 for 2 balls ($15), plus your nippers (which you may need, depending on your design), grout, adhesive and baubles.
This is a super refresher or first time project, great for sharpening up or practicing cutting skills. Impressive results first time round are guaranteed - sign up below to make beautiful mosaics providing everlasting garden colour. Watch and enjoy!
The making of mosaics is covered in much more detail in my course - see 'The magic of Mosaic' (£15), twenty years of mosaic experience is condensed into online lessons, bite sized but approx account for a one day course.
More info visit my website. If you live in the UK in the Cambridge area consider my mosaic courses every Friday (currently on hold... visit my website for updates). Using my handmade ceramic pieces is a great way to make mosaic making easy, fast and colourful. See my shop on my website.
These comments are taken directly from the pages of the course.
"This was a great introduction for a non-mosaic person like me. It encouraged me to give it a try. Thank you!" Mary B
"Thank you Anne! I have many years of experience as a mosaic artist but I attempted to make garden balls for Christmas gifts last year, I used Apoxy Sculpt and lots of beads. They were too cumbersome to make and the beads popped of when I grouted. Your method is simple and easy! I love the idea of syringes for the silicone glue! Thank you, I’ll be making a few using your methods for sure!" Stephanie C
"Have ordered supplies and can’t wait to get started. At this time due to the Coronavirus we are on lock down so this project will take me away from all the worries and I can have a great time creating. Thank you for your easy to follow directions" Ranae B
"What a fun project! Thank you soo much! I enjoyed your course and your detailed explanations. Your years of experience and expertise are obvious in the beautiful art you create." Nancy B, March 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Once you've enrolled, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!
Materials - where can I order them from?
Links are provided for every single thing used (for the UK site only), along with brand names so you can pick and choose the items you need. We are working on a kit, though all it's components are already listed for you.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, why not try a mosaic kit with online lesson?
Mosaic kits (on my website) with online lessons, the whole making from cutting your first tile through to grouting the final piece.
....or my quick and easy mini mosaic kits available from my website
Made with soft tiles that don't even require grouting. A perfect and rewarding short course/kit. Instructions online, kit delivered with everything you need including mini nippers, from £14.50.