Chip­ping away at a new art chal­lenge

Re­porter smashes plates and gets her hands dirty for the lat­est

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When I orig­i­nally thought of mak­ing mo­saics, my mind pic­tured peo­ple smash­ing plates against the con­crete.

Although I wasn’t 100 per cent cor­rect, I was not dis­ap­pointed.

Cam­bridge woman Eu­nice Mar­ton holds a mo­saic class ev­ery Tues­day morn­ing, and I was in­vited to at­tend.

Upon my ar­rival she gave me a heart shaped piece of wood and a range of plates to sort through, then handed me a pair of china cut­ters.

I had no idea china cut­ters ex­isted, but got the hang of us­ing them fairly quickly, chip­ping away at parts of the plates I wanted to use.

Of course noth­ing cut into a per­fect shape, but that was half the fun.

I hit the tougher plates with a ham­mer while they were un­der a towel.

Eu­nice has been cre­at­ing mo­saics for about 14 years and has a gar­den full of gor­geous art­works.

‘‘Now we have fun, drink cof­fee, and eat cake ev­ery Tues­day,’’ she laughed.

She said mo­saics were a great way to re­cy­cle china.

‘‘We some­times find things in op shops or at garage sales, we’re al­ways look­ing for stuff, we’ve be­come like mag­pies!’’

Once I had cut the pieces how I wanted them, I ar­ranged them over the heart, mak­ing sure there were small gaps be­tween each piece.

I then glued them down with sil­i­cone glue. The bits of mir­ror had to be el­e­vated so they were the same height as the plates, so we put a piece of mat un­der­neath them.

By now it was start­ing to take shape, but I needed to leave it overnight to dry com­pletely

ANY CHAL­LENGES?

Do you have a chal­lenge for Emma? Send your ideas through to emma.james@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz.

Plates were chipped us­ing a china cut­ter, and grout was ap­plied dur­ing the sec­ond ses­sion.

Emma James and her fin­ished art­work.

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