Mosaic Monday – Libra

Libra: Air, Indigo Blue, Rose, and Quicksilver

It is Libra season!

Libra is the 7th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between September 23rd and October 22nd are Libras. Libra is represented by the element of Air; the colors of Indigo, Ivory, and Rose; gemstones of Green Aventurine, Opal, Agate; the metal of Quicksilver.

Libras are charming, diplomatic, energetic, stylish, and balanced but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are indecisive, lazy, strict, vain, and apathetic. Libras are very extroverted and enjoy culture, communication, and beautiful things. Libras are hard workers who want the best for all especially if achieving that outcome utilizes their dedication, decision-making, and creative strength.

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Mosaic Monday – Virgo

Virgo: Navy Blue, Earth, and Quicksilver

It is Virgo season!

Virgo is the 6th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between August 23rd and September 22nd are Virgos. Virgo is represented by the element of Earth; the colors of Navy/Sapphire Blue and Earth tones; gemstones of Sapphire, Sardonyx, and Agate; the metals of Silver and Quicksilver.

Virgos are dedicated, resourceful, helpful, hardworking, witty, practical, intelligent, curious, and introverted but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are overwhelmed, self-pitying, uptight, critical, and moody. Virgos are deep thinkers with rich inner lives and a passion for life-long learning. They love and are inspired by beauty in all its forms. Ideal hobbies and activities are ones where Virgos can work alone on tasks that bring knowledge and/or beauty into their lives.

Mosaic Monday – Leo

This week’s bead mosaic is Leo. Happy Birthday Leos!

Leo is represented by Fire, Orange, and Gold.

This mosaic ended up, surprisingly, being one of the most challenging Zodiac mosaics to make. The beads were uncooperative as they kept sliding around the box, and I struggled to come up with initial design. In the end, I ended up delighted by the finished design.

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The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood tray was painted with orange acrylic paint. It features assorted glass beads, assorted acrylic beads, metal charms, and a metal Leo charm. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.

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Mosaic Monday – Gold Seahorse

This mosaic started with a poll over at Patchwork Chicken Studio‘s Facebook page asking which creature should be the subject of my next mosaic. The seahorse won. I decided to documented the steps of the process for this one though I almost forgot.

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The seahorse is laser cut chipboard. It came from a collection of sea-themed designs I unearthed at my local craft store. I painted it with bright gold acrylic ink. It took two coats as chipboard accepts the ink different than wood or paper would.

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While the seahorse’s paint cured, I stained the mosaic’s wood tray with a turquoise acrylic ink. I used the ink as a stain to give the tray a distressed weather/water worn appearance.

After the tray was dry, I edged the base in beads of the primary palette – “water”. Once the edges were dry, I traced out a coral design onto the bottom. Rainbow glass beads were used for the coral.

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After the coral was dry, I applied my custom mix of glass seed beads to create the water. The mix consists of seeds beads in 14 different shades & styles of blue, green, and turquoise. Some are translucent, some opaque, some with cores of other colors, etc. to give depth and dimension to the “water”.

Real mini seashells were placed along the bottom edge while the water was being placed. The seashells are difficult to work with because their proportions and angles so they cannot be placed before the beads surrounding them go in. Everything must be done together which leads to the seashells sliding all over the place until they are forced into place by the other beads.

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After the water and seashells were secure and dry, they received a coat of varnish. While the varnish was still wet, the gold seahorse was placed on top. I felt the seahorse needed something more so I added a flat back resin gem for its eye. The seahorse received a coat of varnish to seal it and fully attach it to the rest of the mosaic. Normally, a large design element like this would be placed first then the rest of the design and beads go around it but it was placed on top because of the cut outs in the design. I wanted the water and coral to peek through.

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The mosaic was allowed to dry for a week before receiving its hanger.

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Once the hanger was applied, the mosaic was taken outside to get its final varnish coat. It takes about two weeks for the final varnish to fully cure which means the scent is gone from it. Once it is applied and cured, it leaves a nice, sturdy, and glossy finish.

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The final product can be found at https://www.patchworkchickenstudio.com/collections/bead-mosaics.

Which creature should I feature next? The scorpion? The Elephant? The Moose? The Owl? Some other creature?

Mosaic Monday – Gemini

This week’s bead mosaic is Gemini. Happy Birthday Gemini! One of my closest friends is a Gemini, and I suspect she is probably disappointed that there is no pink in this mosaic as it is her favorite color. Alas, Gemini is represented by Air, the color yellow, and Quicksilver.

Gemini

The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood tray was painted with yellow acrylic paint. It features assorted glass beads, citrine gemstones, metal beads, an acrylic bumblebee button, and a metal Gemini charm. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.

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Mosaic Monday – Wanderlust

This week’s bead mosaic is Wanderlust. It came into being after I found a duo of very adorable compass charms. I thought one of them would look great with the shell flowers I had previously acquired. A few days later, I unearthed the wanderlust text charm in a bin at my local arts & craft store. The design was set and in the works that day. The other compass hasn’t found a home in a mosaic just yet but there’s always a possibility in the future.

Wanderlust

The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood box was painted with turquoise blue acrylic ink. It features a metal Wanderlust charm, a compass charm, and shell flowers & beads within assorted glass seed beads. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant. There is a metal hanger on the back so it can be hung on a wall.

Wanderlust is available for purchase at https://www.patchworkchickenstudio.com/ products/bead-mosaic-wanderlust

Mosaic Monday – Taurus

This week’s bead mosaic is Taurus. Happy Birthday Taurus! Taurus is represented by Earth, Copper and the color green.

Taurus: Green, Copper, and Earth

The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood box was painted with green acrylic ink. It features copper discs, pewter Taurus charm, and wood beads within assorted green, copper, and brown glass beads. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.