Learn How to Create Mosaic Leaves

September 14, 2014 4 Comments

Learn How to Create Mosaic Leaves

Leaves are a motif which is used frequently within mosaic designs. They can range from being simple to highly complexed, naturalistic to highly decorative. The possibilities are limitless as colours can be chosen from anywhere is the spectrum. This blog posting looks at creating a number of different leaf or leave shapes from simple patterns.

The featured mosaic leaf is a simple decorative design, created using green tesserae from our colour packs. The feature being the central vein made from our Green Silverfoil Glass Tiles.

Like making flowers, cutting curves is essential to creating many leaf patterns. For anyone that missed last weeks newsletter is a quick revision of how to cut curves.

How to Cut a Curve

Cutting curves into glass mosaic tiles

Cutting curves with the edge facing outwards is easy with wheeled nippers, simply make a series of small nips along the line you wish to cut. Once cut you can make some smaller nips to tidy up any uneven bits. Inside curves are difficult with wheeled nippers. If your use to glass cutting you could score the surface and use grozing pliers to obtain the cut.

 

Learn how to make mosaic leaves


10 Leaf Patterns

Leaves can be shaped from a single tile or many tiles. The leaf can be a single colour or made up of a multitude of colours. When making leaves containing a number of sections, cut each section and lay them next to each other before you glue them down. For more difficult designs you may need to make guide lines on your tile to get the correct angle for your cut.

Patterns for making mosaic leaves

 Patterns for making mosaic leaves

    Patterns for making mosaic leaves


4 Responses

Gayle C Rich-Boxman
Gayle C Rich-Boxman

November 12, 2018

Thank you for this tutorial! I’m new to creating mosaic anything. I’ve done about 6 stepping stones and one mosaic on top of a tree stump. What endless fun! I will do what you suggested, as I created leaves from a drawing I did onto my tree stump. It turned out pretty well, but I’d love to do more curved pieces of ceramic. I have a nipper, so I’m going to give it a try!

susana moguilevsky
susana moguilevsky

March 17, 2019

Great idea!

Jennifer
Jennifer

March 17, 2019

Thank you. I spent hours today worrying about how to make leaves and then I found this. Oh JOY!

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

March 17, 2019

Thanks for a great explanation on cutting/leave design. I am new to working with glass so any & all tips on the procedure of how to create various designs is appreciated. Things become easy when you know how! ?
Very good instructions & photos.
Mary Ann

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