Mosaic Flower Sculpture, Supply List
I have had so many requests from artists who want to learn how to make a mosaic flower sculpture. The large sculptures we did last year are complex and difficult to write out instructions for. Thus, I created a smaller flower that is easier to construct and a lot less expensive. This process can be used for any flower design you like. I will set about giving you all the instructions bit by bit. If you have questions as I go, please feel free to comment and I will assist you along the way.
Look at images of flowers for inspiration and choose a flower with simple petals. I have been making lilies and hibiscus blossoms. Also, consider creating an art flower made from your imagination. I will create an art flower to serve as a tutorial work as we go along.
This blog post serves as the first in a series on how-tos for the flower sculptures.
14 gauge steel galvanized wire. This is available at your local hardware store in rolls of 100 ft. or more.
24 gauge steel galvanized wire. Also available at the hardware store in a 250 ft. roll.
AMACO brand aluminum wireform mesh 1/16", 10 ft roll. Available at some hobby stores or on-line.
1 large package plaster wrap (Rigid Wrap is one brand name). Available on-line or at hobby stores.
1 roll epoxy putty for metal. Available at your local hardware store.
a flexible thinset - check with your hardware store or supplier for a thinset with additive. In the US, Home Depot sells FLEXBOND in white or grey. MAPEI also makes a very good product available at Lowes. And, Laticrete is always an excellent choice.
scissors suitable for cutting aluminum mesh
disposable plastic gloves
pallet or putty knife
needle nose pliers
Gather your materials and we will begin construction on the next posting!