Chipping away at a new art challenge
Reporter smashes plates and gets her hands dirty for the latest
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
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Plates were chipped using a china cutter, and grout was applied during the second session.
Emma James and her finished artwork.