Crushed Stained Glass Micro Mosaic

Back in 1978 I created the method of crushing stained glass and placing the tiny shards one-by-one to create images. It took years of trying out different glues, substrates, cleaning process, and what were the possibilities. Part of the reason it took so long is I worked and had a family to care for. Now, I am able to explore my artistic side and of course continue working with my first love of creating crushed stained glass mosaics. During my time I did do some smaller pieces like jewelry, vases, and other objects which are not displayed. You can view these pieces, works in progress, and other art on my Facebook Page.

Three Wishes

You can buy 1, 2, or 3 wishes! These lovely fairies bring good luck to those that own them and the containers can be used as candle holders or vases. 

Fairies are magical beings surrounded by many legends that depict them as good or bad. They have numerous physical descriptions but I think my favorite is the chubby appearance since it reminds me of abundance and nurturing.

Created: 2018

Honoring My Spirit Animal the Bear

Traditionally the center is green and represents self so I thought this was a good way to show what the self needs to learn.

Bear – Support in times of difficulty; courage and a stable foundation to face challenges; and time to stand up for your beliefs or truth stepping into a leadership role in your life and take action without fear. Reflect on qualities of inner strength, fearlessness, and confidence in yourself and how you can protect them in your world.

NE = Journey, Yellow, Mind/Heart
NW = Magic, Red, Mind/Body
SE = Love, Black, Soul/Heart
SW = Protection, White, Soul/Body

  • North = Air, White, Mental Aspect, Wisdom/Logic, Winter, Animals with Blue Apatite background
  • West = Earth, Black, Physical Aspect, Introspection & Insight, Autumn, Earth/Physical with Carnelian background
  • South = Water, Red, Emotional Aspect, Trust & Innocence, Summer, Plants with Green Opal
  • East = Fire, Yellow, Spiritual Aspect, Illumination & Enlightening, Spring, Sun/Fire with Chrome Diopside

Blue Apatite = Promotes a humanitarian attitude, inclining towards service. Increases motivation and builds up energy reserves. Stimulates creativity and intellect, expands knowledge and truth with a high level of spiritual guidance.
Carnelian = Anchors in present reality. Combats sluggishness and invigrates mind and body.
Green Opal = Enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions. Promotes emotional recovery and aids relationships.
Chrome Diopside = Renewal, connects heart to Mother Earth teaching how to care for our planet and all upon it. It insights deep peace and tranquility and said to have fallen from the Tree of Life.

As you can see there is meaning within all aspects of the image, including colors, placement, and symbolism. 

Created: 2018; Framed Size: 11 1/2″ x 13 1/2″

Tiger

The Tiger is a beautiful animal that I admire for its strength, willpower, and courage. It also represents:

  • Shadow or part of you that you would normally try to hide or reject.
  • Aggression or anger directed at you or felt towards someone.
  • Unpredictability in life, actions or feelings.

Created: 2018; Framed Size: 13″ x 11″

Celebrating the Healer

Upon Sarah’s arrival to the forest everything seemed to come alive. It was almost magical as the animals returned, and the plants blossomed overnight. Sarah was a healer who tended to the forest and everything in it but she also helped the nearby village. Crystals used are:

  • Bloodstone – Excellent blood cleanser and powerful healer believed to have mystical and magical properties controlling the weather and conferring the ability to banish negativity. It heightens the intuition and increases creativity. An excellent grounding and protection stone.
  • Argonite Sputnik – Earth healer and grounding stone attuned to the earth goddess. It encourages conservation and recycling, and useful for stress. Teaches patience and acceptance.
  • Carnelian – Anchors in present reality. Warms and energizes, including other stones. Combats sluggishness and invigorates mind and body. Removes fear of death.
  • Tourmaline Quartz – An effective grounding stone, it strengthens the body’s energy field against external invasion. It detects detrimental environmental influences. It turns negative thoughts into positive ones.

Created: 2018; Framed Size: 15″x12″

Spiritual Journey

A hand dealt upon embarking on a spiritual journey. The Sun, Death, and Judgment is the hand dealt while the Fool and Tower fall away. This is further emphasized by the usage of crystals for the backgrounds.

The Sun: Satisfaction, Accomplishment, Contentment, Love and Joy is reinforced with Red Garnet (revitalizes, purifies and balances energy) background.

Death: Transformation, Loss, Failure, Change of Old Self is reinforced with Green Calcite (dissolves rigid beliefs and old programs, restores balance, and absorbs negativity) background.

Judgment: Atonement, The Need to Repent and Forgive is reinforced with Pink Azeztulite (bioscalar wave healing and gentle releasing) background.

The Fool: Extravagance, Thoughtlessness, Excess, Inattentiveness, Inconsideration is balanced with Bloodstone (banish negativity) background.

The Tower: Change, Breaking Down of Old Beliefs, Loss is balanced with Quartz with Gold (inspiration, depth in experience, abundance, law of attraction) background.

The Cross symbolizes Christ and is Chrome Diopside (thought to have fallen from The Tree of Life). The Star in the center of the cross is Diopside (ultimate love).

Created: 2018; Framed Size: 20″ x 24″

Dragon

Besides animals, fantasy is one of my loves so I definitely had to create a dragon with fairies observing.

Dragons are the most ancient and imposing guides, and drawn to people of intellect, dignity, contagious enthusiasm and authority. It teaches you to find your voice while being heard and truly understood. 

Because dragons don’t give up their secrets easily you may find yourself struggling to find out what it is bringing to you. Still, the struggle is well worth taking the time to find the meaning specifically for you.

Created: 2018; Framed Size: 13″ x 16″

Elephants

I always admired the grand and graceful elephants, and had to make sure that part of my collection had at least one picture of these magnificent animals.

Elephants embody strength and power and symbols of the mist that separates the formed worlds from the unformed. 

Because the tusks are used as weapons and tools it gives the elephant links to the world above and below.  Family and societal ideals are important and should be established in your own life. 

Elephants are seen as having great sexual power.

Created: 2011; Framed Size: 16″ x 13″

Spilled Tea

Making lemonade out of lemons. I was covering a teapot when it had gotten broken. I had done too much work to let it go so I decided to make a picture with it.

Created: 2009; Framed Size: 21 1/2″ x 25 1/2″

Wolf

I do love wolves because both my son and husband have them as guides. The bear has always been by my side and I am a bit relieved it isn’t a live one.

Created: 2007; Framed Size: 19 1/4″ x 17″

Hummingbird

Once I moved to Milk River it was the first time I ever saw a hummingbird in real life. They are amazing little creatures and since that time I have seen them more, especially since my yard has been done.

Created: 2007; Framed Size: 17″ x 13 3/4″

Polar Bear

The Polar Bear belongs to the snow domain and makes itself at home in it. It migrated north a long time ago, and began the inner journey to change to adapt to its environment. Endurance, strength, acceptance and surrender are the powers of the Polar Bear.

Created: 2001; Framed Size: 9 3/4″ x 9″

Choice

This was a spiritual quest for me when I created this image. It signifies that we all have a choice as to whether the world goes into the fire or out of the fire. There is symbolism with every part of the design but I prefer people to find their own meanings.

Created: 1982; Framed Size: 22 1/2″ x 17″

Pheasant

The pheasant was my second picture and always represented freedom to me. Every now and then I would see one along the road and thought how beautiful they were.

I did experiment a little with this one by adding a resin coating over top but found I was disappointed as it lost its sparkle. I definitely love the detail I could get by going with smaller shards.

Created: 1981; Framed Size: 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″

Sparrow

The sparrow was my very first creation. I used larger pieces of glass before deciding to go even smaller to get more detail. That is also where the second strainer came into play. I always thought a sparrow to remind me of the smaller things in life. It is plain and tiny, and yet it is beautiful in its own way.

The sparrow is a perky, assertive bird that can hold its own against many forms of predation. It lives in all habitats. There are many tales of how the insignificant sparrow triumphs over powerful enemies. 

The sparrow reminds you to not forget your own self-worth and how to survive with a new sense of dignity.

Created: 1978; Framed Size: 10″ x 12″