Floating 0 Mosaic Substrates
Digital file type(s): 1 PDF
When I started posting pics of my Floating ⭕️ sculptural mosaic pieces on the socials, I got a lot of requests for how I built the substrates. So… I made this tutorial!
There is nothing very difficult about making these, but it is important to build them properly so that they are strong enough to handle the weight of mosaic materials. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to complete an O substrate in about 3 hours of total work time.
These are lightweight and made with concrete-based adhesives, which makes them suitable for hanging outdoors, or inside.
In addition to mosaic artists using them as substrates for adornment, these substrates could also be used for other types of art. The surface of them is a bit rough (the texture is similar to a concrete paver/stepping stone), but they'd look great painted (spray or brush), or inked, embellished with rhinestones, yarn, fiber, polymer clay, etc.
The pdf that you'll download here on etsy is 7 pages which includes a supply list, pics of supplies, buying info and purchasing links, and step-by-step instructions that correlate with video demonstrations.
In addition to the pdf, you'll be able to watch 6 videos (total watch time: 29 mins) that show my hands making an O substrate from start to finish. Each video is super close-up, full of useful information based on my experience of having made more than 50 O's as well as other simple sculptural substrates. From cutting the shape and coating with cement-based adhesive, to making and installing the hanging device, you can really see and learn how these cool wonky rings are made.
Please read prior to purchasing:
You'll be able to view the videos in one of two ways:
1. Facebook private group. You’ll simply find my group Floating O’s and ask to join. Once accepted, you'll be able to view all of the videos, post questions and pics and see other members' posts. And bonus: since the group’s inception, I’ve added content beyond ⭕️’s: exploring other shapes, and sculptural possibilities. I will administer the group on a daily basis, so your questions will be answered in a timely fashion by someone who has made a LOT of O's. :)
2. Youtube. For youtube, I combined all 6 videos into a single 29-min video. If you are a registered member of youtube, I'll be able to invite you to see them. Note: They are not available to the public; just to people who I've invited to see it. You must be logged-in to youtube with your youtube-associated email address to see them. The only drawback to choosing youtube is there is no community space for us to post questions, answers, and pics. Youtube does not support comments on private videos. :-( So if you have any questions, please send me a message or email at susan [!at] scmosaics.com, and I will be happy to answer them in a timely manner (w/in 24 hours most of the time).
After purchasing the tutorial, please send me a message with your preference, FB or youtube: If you prefer FB, then please find the group “Floating O’s and press the request to join button. You’ll be accepted w/in a few hours. If you prefer youtube, please send me your youtube-associated email address. You will receive an invitation to the video at that email address.
A few notes and warnings:
This is not a kit. I don't supply any materials. This is also not a mosaic tutorial. This tute only teaches you how to make the substrate. Other than a list of recommended adhesives, there is no instruction for how to mosaic your O.
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34 reviews5 out of 5 stars
I am so thrilled I found this tutorial. It was so much fun to make.
This tutorial was fantastic. The process of making the substrate was completely new to me and the instructions were clear and complete and easy to follow. I have made a bunch and now having fun mosaicking them. A very cool concept!
This was a straight forward easy to use tutorial. I feel very confident moving forward that I can create many outdoor mosaic projects! Highly recommend. S.R.
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