Are you ready for the holiday craft fairs this holiday season? It’s the perfect time to start making ornaments or gifts for family well in advance of the holiday hustle and bustle. Join Carrie in this No Days Studio Session to learn how to make your own fused glass snowflakes made easy using Honey Doo Zuper Glue, as well as to learn how to teach others this technique, including children!
A mosaic mural that was the largest of its kind when it was installed in the 1950s is facing demolition this summer in Lincoln, NE. A group of mosaic artists are doing their part to help raise a portion of the $1 million needed to remove the mosaic mural before the wrecking ball hits.
Using No Days Mosaic Groutless Adhesive, they are selling mosaic kits that use recycled jar lids to create clever and fun mosaic ornaments to engage the community with mosaics while saving a part of their community’s history.
Carrie Strope and Heather Swartz have invited area residents into the local stained glass studio, Architectural Glassarts, to create mini mosaic ornaments. Architectural Glassarts is donating glass and mirror and the artists are donating their time. The mosaic ornament kits and classes are $10, with 80% of the funds going to the mural’s fundraising effort. The remainder of the funds will cover the cost of materials not being donated. To complete the kit, participants must supply a clean, upcycled jar lid.
Tax-deductible donations to save Pershing’s mural may be made online at www.nshsf.org/projects/pershing-mural/ or by mailing a check to the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation, 128 N. 13th St., Suite 1010, Lincoln, NE 68508, noting Pershing Mural Preservation Project on the check’s memo line.
Reist, Margaret. (2021, November 28) ‘A small group determined to save the Pershing mural has raised money for a feasibility study.’ The Lincoln Journal Star. https://journalstar.com/news/local/a-small-group-determined-to-save-the-pershing-mural-has-raised-money-for-a-feasibility/article_06cf7009-8848-5617-8685-a86198c4f0b9.html
Schwaninger, Mark. (2022, April 29) ‘ Local mosaic artists help raise funds to save Pershing mural.’ Lincoln Journal Star: Neighborhood Extra. https://journalstar.com/niche/neighborhood-extra/fun-and-fundraisers/local-mosaic-artists-help-raise-funds-to-save-pershing-mural/article_95b63ecd-4b03-56ad-986e-bd24ce61bd71.html
Griffith, Nicole. (2022, May 4) ‘Group halfway to $1 million goal to save Pershing mural from being demolished.’ 10/11 Now. https://www.1011now.com/2022/05/05/group-halfway-1-million-goal-save-pershing-mural-being-demolished
Looking for a fun, quick and easy project that uses up materials you’ve likely already got lying around? This project is the perfect answer! Grab all your treasures, trinkets, beads and scrap glass and get ready to play!
You’ll want washed jar lids, wire, wire cutters, pliers, hammer, a wood block, nail, No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive, tweezers and a method for heating, that can include an oven, toaster oven, griddle, candle warmer or heat gun/embossing heat tool.
This project is easy enough for even kids to do, so if you’ve got littles to entertain, they can make something to gift or keep. There’s no gooey mess from the grout or liquid glues either. The best part is that it’s ready to hang as soon as it’s finished and cools!
The Coexist in Kindness Mosaic Mural is a collaborative, community project inviting glass and mosaic artists worldwide to submit a piece for inclusion. The goal of the project is to create a colorful and inviting space for the celebration of community, as well as a gathering place to exchange ideas and celebrate. This is the flagship project for the Coexist Alliance dedicated to empowering community through arts and education.
Feeding the neighborhood, hosting family friendly events, and sponsoring after school programs are just some examples of how we strive to include, engage, and build up the community we serve!
CoExist in Kindness Global Mosaic Project – Steelton, PA – No Days Adhesives
If you’d like to send a mosaic flower to be incorporated into the community project, here are a few guidelines to consider.
Steelton, PA is located in an area that gets winters, with a freeze/thaw cycle, so if you are using tile or ceramics, they should be high fire and pass the no water absorption test. (That’s my fancy term for it. If the unglazed tile surface absorbs water, then it isn’t suitable for outdoor applications in areas where it freezes.) To do this test: Turn the tile over to the back side and put a drop of water on the unglazed surface. If the water beads up on the surface, the tile is suitable to use. If the water absorbs into the piece, then it will absorb water and possibly freeze and crumble after installation.
Glass and Mirror are suitable for use. If you have questions as to whether something you want to include in your mosaic is suitable, ask in the comments below!
Submissions can be any size up to about 8″-10″
It will be easiest for you to pack and ship smaller pieces. We’re asking that you build your creation on fiberglass mesh, and there are two resource videos you can watch to get an idea of how you’d like to proceed in putting your piece together. (Remember that if you use transparent glass, the mesh will be visible behind the glass!)
For building on No Days Mosaic Mesh and packaging your project for mailing:
For more information and to keep up with the progress of the project, visit the Facebook group, CoExist in Kindness Global Mosaic Mural Project.
Thank you to everyone who is interested in participating! This will be a really dynamic mosaic mural with all different kinds of submissions bridging various techniques in the mosaic and glass communities. We’re super excited to see it come together! Our installation day will be in August, so we’re asking folks to please get your submissions in the mail by July 1, 2021 so there is plenty of time for them to arrive to the destination.
Address the submissions to:
CoExist Mural Project
310 S Front St
Steelton, PA 17113
The thickness of the tiles you’re using, as well as the spacing in between your tiles will determine how much of the No Days Groutless you’ll want to use. To illustrate this, I put together this sampler mosaic using 1/2″ thick ceramic tiles.
I chose to make this mosaic in a box with walls that helped to contain the multiple layers of No Days Groutless that I would be using to see if I could get it to rise up to the level of the thickness of the tiles.
As the No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive is heated, it liquifies, and you press down on the tiles to force the adhesive to get pressed out from in between the tiles which lets it rise up around the tiles.
Check out this older but still informative video primer for working with No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive:
Have you tuned into the No Days Studio Sessions on YouTube? No Days Studio Sessions are live streamed to social media platforms and then uploaded to YouTube very lighted edited.
In the Fused Glass Emoji No Days Studio Session, Carrie works with No Days Powder Wafers to create a kissy, winky face fused glass dish. She demonstrates cutting a circle with a Toyo circle cutter, cutting the No Days Powder Wafer sheets on a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, how to activate the Powder Wafer medium and tricks for incorporating it successfully in fused glass designs.
There is so much to learn from this FREE demonstration. It’s like a class that you can enjoy from home!
Mary Anne Maslanka of Annabelle Art Glass in Locust Grove, GA shared some of her mosaic art made with No Days Mosaic Adhesive film as well as No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive film.
I have been using No Days Mosaic Adhesive almost as long as it has been produced. The folks at No Days have always been available and willing to take the time to answer any questions I have ever had…This company is doing everything right!
As a stained glass artist and instructor for many years, I had never tried mosaics until the No Days Mosaic Adhesive was introduced. It looked so easy, I had to try it….Then, I realized I could offer my students new projects using the product.
Now, every summer at a local senior center, I offer a glass on glass mosaic workshop so the senior members can bring their grandchildren for a fun few hours of using their imaginations and producing a small framed mosaic to take home…
I also really like the No Days Bail Bond. I use it on small projects to attach a bail to hang instead of drilling a hole in the glass….works great!
I use the No Days Glaze when attaching a zinc frame to my panels. I have even used it on a wooden frame…
Thanks to Mary Anne for sharing her photos and experience with No Days Adhesives! You can see more of her work on her facebook page. Mary Anne Maslanka of Annabelle Art Glass
We love seeing the work you make with No Days Adhesives! If you’d like to be a featured artist, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published July 15, 2015.
What is the best way to clean a brush after using it to apply No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive?
Thank you, R
Hello, R ~
When I’m using a brush with No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive, I’ll generally have a paper towel next to me while working. I use it occasionally to wick some of the adhesive off of the brush (and little bits of frit when I get build up).
When I’m finished working, I’ll just wipe the brush off on the paper towel by “painting” excess adhesive onto the paper towel. Then, I just let it dry. I generally dedicate this brush (actually, I have two dedicated brushes) to working with No Days. It will harden up, but when I use it on the next project, the brush will get saturated again and soften up.
However, if you don’t want to dedicate a brush for working with No Days, then you can clean it up when you’re done with a bit of oil. Any oil you’ve got lying around will work. I generally use canola oil, or cutting oil, because that’s what I have available at home. Place the oil in a cap, small container, jar lid, etc. and paint the brush around in it. After getting it thoroughly saturated, put a bit of dish soap in the palm of your hand and swish the brush around in it. Rinse and then, VOILA! Clean and ready to use on something else!
Alternatively, you can use acetone (or acetone based fingernail polish remover). Just place a bit of the acetone in a jar and soak and clean the bristles in the acetone. But, I prefer the oil and soap method.
Hope this helps! If you have more questions or this didn’t fully answer your question, feel free to contact me again!
Originally published June 22, 2016.
Hi Leigh, I just received my first order of No Days and am loving it! First, I just wanted to say thanks for the work you did here, pioneering this product for mosaic artists!
Second, a question: the No Days Mesh came with an opaque release paper, and the instructions recommended I sketch my design directly onto the mesh. I found I can’t achieve the level of detail I want by doing this, and would love to have my image directly behind the mesh to guide my work. Could you recommend a CLEAR, heat-resistant release paper I could use behind the mesh that would not obscure my image? Thanks so much for your time! Cheers! ~Lynn
I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying the No Days mesh, Lynn! Since it is easiest to work in one foot squares (for installation purposes as well as ease of using the kitchen oven to adhere the tesserae), I create my design on any paper I want and divide it into workable shapes that I can piece together easily and conveniently. Then, instead of using the release paper (save it!), I use waxed paper and put the mesh on top of that. You can see your design and the mesh can be heated and will release. CAUTION! Test your wax paper. Some recent purchases have not been adequately strong, the paper was inferior. Try a test square and keep notes on what works for you And please let me see what you do!
UPDATE: I have found that Reynolds Parchment paper (the side with the writing on it) will also work well as a release liner.
Meet Jackie Doehling of Full Moon Loon Designs!
Full Moon Loon Designs is my artist name & the Doing Business As (DBA) name I chose when I decided I might want to pursue this as a little more than a casual hobby. Why “Full Moon Loon?” The loon is our state bird here in Minnesota, and the full moon – well, that seems to be when I feel the most creative. Sometimes I am just bursting with creative energy around the time of the full moon, and in fact there was a full moon when I came up with the name.
I still consider myself a beginner in this wonderful world of glass as there are so many techniques and methods I have yet to try. I was introduced to glass fusing in a small workshop type get-together a friend of mine had at a local studio. We made pendants out of scrap glass and that was all it took, I was HOOKED! Back in 2010 I bought a microwave kiln and it was a fun way to get started with small pendants and pieces, but I knew I wanted to do more. I bought my first “real” kiln in early 2011 and added a second one a year later. One of my favorite methods in glass design is using stencils and powders. Powders and frits allow you limitless possibilities when it comes to design. You can follow a pattern or create something completely random and unplanned (sometimes those are the best projects!)
For the past two years I have entered pieces into the Minnesota State Fair and on both occasions I won a third-place ribbon. This year I am entering a piece where I used a method I learned in a No Days Road Show, frit painting. The top layer is a pair of Lady’s Slipper flowers (Minnesota state flower), the second layer is our state bird, the loon, and the base layer is a piece of blue swirled glass representing the “Land of 10,000 lakes.” Each layer is actually a design layer plus a layer of thin clear fused together, so in the final firing it was six layers of sheet glass plus frit. I call it “Minnesota in Glass” and while it didn’t make it past the first round of the juried fine arts competition, I am not giving up! Instead I am entering it into the Creative Activities which is where I have entered the past two years. Perhaps the third time’s the charm?
I love the No Days Liquid Fusing Adhesive as it works great for not only the frit painting process, but also for holding things in place before firing. It always burns off clean and has never left any marks or residue on my glass. My first experience with a No Days product was the ThinFuse Adhesive. It works great for building designs with several pieces of glass like a quilt pattern or mosaic design. I also like the BailBond adhesive for attaching bails to pendants, it works like a charm (no pun intended!)
While glass is my true passion, I am employed full time in IT as a business analyst. I earned my Master of Science in 2012 in Technical Communication and my Bachelor of Science (2006) is in Management Information Systems. While I’ve never taken any art classes while working on my degrees, I do pursue local workshops and classes from time to time and wouldn’t mind teaching at some point. I keep hoping to win the lottery so I can retire and play with glass full-time! So far, I haven’t sold in any shows but I am getting my website up and running and hope to have my store page live this year. You would think being an IT type, the site would be a no-brainer, but if it’s a choice between working on glass and working on a site about glass, well you can guess where I am likely to spend my time!
Owner & Artist, Full Moon Loon Designs