Creating Eyes in Mosaics

May 04, 2017

Micro Eye mosaic by Andjelka Radojevic

Creating eyes in a mosaic piece can be a daunting task. Why, because you need to get them right. Get them wrong and your piece won't look right. Here are some tips and materials you can use to get a great result.

Pre-made Eyes

We have a range of glass cabochons in a number of different eye patterns. These eyes are very realistic and can work really well on indoor mosaics, they aren't suitable to be used outside however.

eye cabochons for mosaics

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Creating them Yourself

There are many examples of eyes online that you can use as a guide to creating your own work. Just search Pinterest or Google Images for 'Mosaic Eyes' to give you lots of ideas.

If you're working off a photograph or image use this, pay particular interest to all the detail in the eye. The catch light is an important element of this and can't be overlooked. What is a catch light?  A “catch light' is simply the highlight of alight source reflected off the surface of the eye. This highlight adds depth and dimension to the eye, and gives the eyes life in a portrait or snapshot. Catch lights come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the shape and size of the light source, and its distance from the subject.

You can add a catch light to your mosaic using a piece of white tile or a reflective piece of material that catches the light. Here are some great examples of how to use catch lights effectively in mosaics.

 Micro Eye mosaic by Andjelka Radojevic

Micro Eye mosaic by Andjelka Radojevic

red-fox-catchlight lou ann weeks

Red Fox by Lou Ann Weeks

Eye Doctor Mosaic - Glass by Erica