How to Make Mosaic Flowers (including patterns)

September 21, 2014 5 Comments

HOW TO MAKE MOSAIC FLOWERS (INCLUDING PATTERNS)

Flower are very popular in mosaics and easily incorporated into a design. In today's 'How to Mosaic' posting I'm outlining the basic cuts you'll need to master to create flowers and 9 different flower patterns.

 

Learn how to make mosaic flowers

Cutting curves and circles is essential to creating many of these patterns.

 

How to Cut a Curve

Learn how to cut a curve in a mosaic tile

 

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.

How to Cut A Circle

 Learn how to cut a circle in a glass mosaic tile

Circle cuts are made using the same technique as the curved cut; you simply keep rotating the tile, making small nips as you go until you've completed the entire circle. You can them repeat the process to clean up and rough pieces of tile. The trick here is to only make small nips; don't be tempted to take too much tile off in one cut.

9 Flower Patterns

When making a flower start by cutting the centre circle, then cut the petal shapes positioning 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.

   
   
 
 
  

 


5 Responses

Marg
Marg

March 14, 2015

Thanks for all your handy tips, Mardi. They are great. A while back you suggested you might tell us how to prepare 3D shapes for outdoors. i would love to hear what you have to say.
Marg

carina
carina

March 14, 2015

hi mardi just wanting to know can you use wheeled nippers on tiles thanks carina

Penny
Penny

March 14, 2015

Thanks Helen and Mardi for this question and answer. I also wanted to know this.
Many thanks
Penny

Helen
Helen

March 14, 2015

Hi Helen,

The wheels of the nippers do get blunt but there is a trick to it. The nippers come with a allen key which you can use to rotate them. Before you first start using your nippers get a permanent marker a draw a line where you first start using them. You will eventually return to the line as you rotate them which will signal its time for new wheels. Doing this will give you a sharp cutting edge and increase the blades life. Once you are all the way around you can get a pair of replacement wheels.

Hope this helps!

Mardi

Helen
Helen

March 14, 2015

Thank you for sharing this. I’ve never been very good at this cutting but will try.
One question please… do the nippers get blunt? Can I sharpen them myself??

Many thanks
Helen xo

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