Creating a Sunset Mosaic using stained glass

March 29, 2019

Last Christmas I was commissioned to do a Sailboat Sunset for a client's future father-in-law.  I have never attempted a gradated mosaic.  I have done so in drawing, but never with glass. Initially I found it rather stressful and found I was overthinking it.  

 

I gathered all of my yellows, oranges, reds, shades of blue and sketched out approximately where I wanted to have the variations of color. From there it was just a matter of cutting the glass and positioning pieces until I liked the way the transitions from light to dark looked. 

 

I did print out a few photos of sunsets to give me an idea of how the color changes should look, but mostly it was trial and error.  The following photos give a better idea of the process. 

 

 

 

I started with the water reflection and this photo shows some of my progress.  I laid out the horizon line first, the boats reflection and worked from there. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third photo shows considerable progress.  I am fairly pleased with the way it is going.   Once I complete the water, I will begin work on the sky.  

 

 

 

I have added the beginnings of the water.  The next to last photo is the completed mosaic without grout.  This piece was a real challenge for me.  I had to think a bit outside the box, I have never done clouds, sky and reflections.   I am really happy with the results.

 

 

 

 

The final photo is of the completed mosaic, with grout.  I used a dark charcoal grout and am satisfied with the result.  The client was very happy. 

 

 

 

 

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