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Tempered Glass Mosaics

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This workshop will be the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Join us for a Bling-ing good time!

Tempered glass, also known as crash glass, creates a jewel-like surface and adds some pizzaz to a finished mosaic piece. Combine collage and mosaic techniques using an overlaying technique that incorporates printed imagery, tissue paper, foils, stamps, metallic papers, glitter, and Mylar. Students complete two small works that are suitable for interior display. The workshop goal is for you to complete at least two, hopefully three, mosaic pieces, one @ 4” x 4” another at 6″ x 6″ or larger. These works make GREAT GIFTS.

A $45 supply fee, payable to the instructor, covers tool loan, adhesives, and substrate. All levels are welcome; no prior mosaic experience is required.

This is the perfect medium to permanently incorporate printed imagery. You may also bring beads or any flat embellishments you’d like to incorporate into your design.

Tools loan, adhesives, substrates are also included in the supply fee.   However, if you own a wheel tool recommend you bring it.  Ditto tweezers, scissors, or any other tools you like working with.  Also an apron.  A grout demonstration will be given and we will send you home with your own grout kit to complete on your own. Not all works are grouted.

Instructor will provide a generous supply of glitz and glitter, stamps, stickers, and more.  But feel free to bring other small paper images, photos, or text to include in your mosaic. $45 separate supply fee covers tool loan, adhesives and substrate. For all levels, no experience is necessary.


Student Supply List:

  • Mosaic wheel tool to cut glass – if you do not own instructor will loan you one, these are available at most stained glass stores. DROP THE INSTRUCTOR AN EMAIL IF YOU NEED A TOOL LOAN.
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife or box cutter
  • Safety Glasses
  • Apron
  • Any other tools you like working with (dental tools are very helpful)

A grout demonstration will be given and we will send you home with a grout kit to complete on your own if we do not do during class. Not all works are grouted. A detailed supply resource list will be provided as part of the workshop.

If you wish to incorporate photographs make COLOR PHOTOCOPIES (even if a black and white image) and know that our scale is relatively small. I recommend you bring a few different sizes not to exceed 2″. Please do not bring original photographs (the photo paper is too thick AND we don’t want to damage your photographs). Also, DO NOT bring copies made on an ink-jet printer, the ink will run with the glue we use.


Can’t make the workshop, check out this video about Tempered Glass. Click here to my YouTube channel.

Start On March 9, 2024
Duration 1 day
Level Any
Supply Fee $45
One Day March 9, 2024
6 hours Sat. 10:30 - 4:30 PM
Price $85.00

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