Broken China Tea Cup Mosaic Progress

I am really interested in mosaics: the designs, the applications, and the methodology.

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A friend gave me a beautiful china tea cup and saucer for my birthday, which my cat, of course, knocked off the counter and broke.

Since then I have held on to the pieces, hoping for an opportunity to use them in a project.

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I thrifted this old clasp-purse and thought I could embellish it with a mosaic pattern of the broken china shards.

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I have been working on designing the pattern, as well as breaking and smoothing the pieces so that they will fit together.

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The pieces will be tacked on with some hot glue, but I will also sew them down across the ends to give it more of a finish and firm up the attachment. The purse itself will also probably be used as a plant holder as well, to hang in front of a window (with a small potted plant sitting inside).

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  • Meridith Richter
    Dana Friedman
    July 22, 2019 8:31 am

    I am looking for someone to make something out of a dozen old, non-matching tea cups that my grandmother collected. Do you do commissioned work?

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  • Meridith Richter
    Shawn Sprinkle
    January 31, 2016 11:29 pm

    That sucks your cat tipped it over! Really cool idea putting the mosaic on a purse, I’ve never seen anything like that before. The majority of the mosaics I’ve seen are static pieces of art. Way to think outside the box! Also what’s your favorite tea?

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  • Meridith, I’m sure this will come out awesome! My only suggestion would be to go with a loosely spaced arrangement for whatever you decide your mosaic art to be. It would allow for more flexibility given the non-rigid nature of the bag. Good luck!

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    • Meridith Richter
      Meridith Richter
      January 31, 2016 2:35 pm

      True, I definitely came across that issue while making it, and had to adjust my design accordingly.

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