Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flow Blue Mosaic Mirror

flow blue mosaic mirror
Mosaic Mirror
I have loved china since before I picked out a china pattern as a bride many years ago.  This strange love would have me window shopping the china sections of department stores for years after I was married, enjoying the many patterns that were out of my price range, and knowing I would have a hard time choosing just one anyway.  My everyday tableware?  The versatile and hardy "Just White" by Corelle.  I used this daily, for over 20 years... 

I started collecting china at rummage sales.  I would see lone plates and buy them. (I guess I started collecting china for future china hutch displays and table scaping, which I hadn't yet heard of, but at the time I told myself - "Maybe I will use this plate for mosaics."  It gave me an excuse to collect china I liked.)  I would buy teacups and saucers, even though I don't drink tea.  I would buy broken and chipped china and glued together china also, spare saucers without a cup, etc.  After a while, I even went to some antique dealers and arranged to buy broken and chipped china that they wouldn't usually sell.  These dealers, too, had a hard time throwing out beautiful pieces of china.  I got my first pieces of flow blue china as broken plates from an antique dealer.

I made some stepping stones for outside, a couple of trivets, and then I really wanted to use my broken flow blue china, so I made the frame shown.  This mosaic frame square is 10.5" wide x 10.5" high, framing a square 3.5" x 3.5" mirror. (Does anyone else recognize this as an IKEA frame?)  Even the sides of the frame have mosaic china edging.

flow blue mosaic mirror
Mosaic Mirror
I may never have china of this caliber to work with again, which is why this is my favorite mosaic creation to date. This mirror is a delight to my eye - eye candy for the wall.

The china pieces in this mosaic frame include:
"Astoria" Flow Blue pattern (one of my favorites)
"Kelvin" Flow blue pattern
3+ different Blue Willow sources.
A Japanese version of blue onion china.

The Astoria and Kelvin china sources were cracked, chipped or damaged to the point of not being salable by the antique dealers who are my source for great china.  "Faux flow blue blue willow" patterns were also used.  (I like saying that, but my husband doesn't get why that is funny.  Is it funny to any of you blog readers?)

No historically important china pieces were harmed in the creation of this frame, which hangs in my bedroom.    :)

This type of ceramic mosiac work (using china) is sometimes called Pique Assiette.

Click on the images to see them enlarged. 

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Coloradolady said...

I love the mirror! So pretty. Happy VTT!

~SueSCharmingChippyCottageCreations~ said...

Very pretty china and I can see why this would be eye candy. I love mosaic's there is a special charm to pieces when you add beautiful china. I have done mosaic to wood trays and to table tops so much fun you did a great job!

Honey at 2805 said...

Such a pretty mirror and was so relieved to read you footnote that no important pieces were distroyed. Funny...sounds like a commercial. I am a new friend and follower.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Such a pretty mosaic!


Vintagesouthernlife said...

I love the mosaic! The blues are just gorgeous. I have always wanted to try this...maybe someday.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Great job. I have done outside path stones like that. The color for that mirror is beautiful.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

How beautiful!... I too collect blue and white china, my favorite... your mosaic is just gorgeous!... xoxo Julie Marie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Beautiful mosaic! I love blue and white china! Thanks for joining JFF!

Anna said...

Beautiful project, I love blue china and blue glass. We are also using good old white Corelle plates, durable and practical, for every day. I am lucky to have my great grandmothers transferware, but that only comes out for very special occasions. TFS!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Your mosaic is just lovely. And my thinking is that if something is not usable in one way, then it's fine to make it work in another. Just beautiful work!
Thanks so much for joinging in for VIF!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is absolutely stunning. You did a great job!


Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

That turned out beautiful! Love the blue and white.

Mare said...

what a charming look and wonderful idea...... I love mosaics:)).....
kisses from croatia:))...

AshTreeCottage said...

Great job!!

Susan and Bentley

Bridget said...

Fabulous use of the china pieces in your basement! They look much nicer on the IKEA frame. ;-) Miss you!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there- great idea to use those pieces on that mirror- it is beautiful and you did a wonderful job on it. Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your mirror turned out great! While I've worked with glass, I haven't made any mosaics with china... yet:@)

Cindy said...

That is awesome! Someday I would try a mosaic; it's one thing I really want to do!

Amie said...

Oh gosh, just TODAY I bought a mirror with a huge wooden frame/border around it because I thought it had a lot of potential. THIS is exactly what it needs!
Amie @

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Jeanne, that is so pretty. I hope this post will inspire me. I have a box of china pieces in the attic. (In my 42 yrs of marriage, I have broken some china pieces, and I have put them in a box to save them for a mosaic of some type - I always thought I'd do a table top, but that may have just been too daunting for me. I may start with a picture frame now that you've shown me your pretty mirror frame). Thank you for linking to Favorite Things, and thank you for the inspiration. laurie

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

fabulous! love the colors in the mosaic!

Allison Shops said...

Nice job - love the blue!
Hope you'll come see the picture wall I helped DD2 create for her home.


My Cottage Charm said...

I too have a thing for china..just can't seem to pass up a pretty plate, even it it is chipped a little. :) (and I don't do mosaics! lol) Your mirror is very lovely, thanks for linking it up to my Treasures and Trinkets're always welcome to join in. :)

Brambleberry Cottage said...

You're a woman after my own heart, Jeanne. I love china, too, and cannot bear to throw pieces away when they become chipped or cracked. I starting saving all my broken pieces for mosaic projects, but unlike you, have yet to create my first piece. Your Flow Blue mirror is lovely.

Thanks for joining the party. Hope to see you each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

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MisImpulsive said...

That is SO lovely. Watch it, you'll get me going on another hobby! I'm always getting drawn to blue and white plateware... ooo this is just going to be trouble.

Pamela said...

I would so appreciate you help with mosaics. I have collected my broken china for years with the hope that one day I would use it in a mosaic of some kind. I currently have a birdbath that is patiently waiting for me to 'fix' it. I have all this broken china from when the kids were little that I want to use on it for 'memory' sake' and yet I don't know what glue or what grout to use. PLEASE help me!!!! I would like it to be weather proof.

Thank you for all your help.


Upscale Downhome said...

Just found your blog from Naps on the Porch. First of all, I love flow blue and the mirror is gorgeous! I made a mosiac mirror a couple of years ago with many different colors of broken china. I love the impact of the monochromatic blue you used. Secondly, I used to live in Mequon for 10 years. I now live in a small town near Appleton. I have just started blogging myself so it's fun to find a fellow Wisconsinite in blogland. I look forward to following your posts.

Armelle said...

I love the mirror you made. Just checking out your posting from a comment you left on mine from my collection of flow blue china. What a great way to us the pieces of broken ones. I have another broken antique china plate( not flow blue), and couln't bare to throw it away- I think I'll try making a mirror too. I did recognize the Ikea frame as I have many of them too.

Armelle at