I do this all the time. We use photo frames from the resale store with the
cardboard pulled out so the frame glass settles to the back of the frame, glue
the stained glass on the front of the frame glass, and grout. I tell the kids to
use enough of the clear-drying glue that there's a bit of ooze so the grout won't
work its way behind the glass. We grout with black sanded polygrout from
Home Depot. Have lots of latex gloves and paper towels/rags on hand, and
make sure the kids have a full class period to grout because cleaning the front
of the glas takes a lot of time.
Your suspicions are correct, once you grout, the patterns of the glue behind the
stained glass simply make a blah piece of rolled glass look much more chunky
and interesting. My TAB kids loved doing these--some did several panels.
Oh, but PS--you'll find that the frosted glass doesn't clean easily. I now avoid it.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 09:12:01 -0700 (PDT)
>From: chris massingill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] glass mosaic
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
>I'm starting a summer project and I was wondering if
>anyone has some advice for me.... I want to make a
>glass mosaic from some scrap stained glass that I
>already have, and I did some reading about it, but I'm
>having trouble with the clear adhesive. Some of the
>glass is frosted and some is colored, but clear. I
>got some clear silicone adhesive at the hardware
>store, but when it dries even though it's clear you
>can still see the smeary clear glue through the clear
>It seems really obvious now, but after I grout it with
>some dark grout then maybe it won't be such a problem.
>Has anyone else had any luck with fixing this problem
>or am I just obsessing over a detail that no one else
>would probably ever notice?
>chris in Central Arkansas
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