Oriel Hicks,                                                       Glass Artist.


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Living and working in the Isles of Scilly is inspirational.... but also has its difficulties!

Getting supplies of large sheets of coloured glass intact from the mainland can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the winter months when the only supply vessel is held up because of rough weather.

I thought people might be interested in the life of an island-dwelling artisan.

Mosaic Driftwood

By Oriel Hicks, Mar 17 2014 08:43PM

Along with the rest of the UK, the islands were ravaged by storms in the early months of this year. Our little freight steamer struggled to make it over and cancelled her trip on more than one occasion.

However, as a by-product of the terrible weather, large quantities of wonderfully distressed driftwood arrived on our shores, so I have started putting it to good use.

My latest venture is to chisel out shapes in the wood and set tesserae (little mosaic pieces) into it.

I have also discovered that the Cornwall Scrap Store stocks a very good substitute for gold leaf... but much cheaper! So the reverse sides of some pieces have their rough textured surfaces highlighted in gold!

I have photographed the first batch, and at the moment, I think I'm going to keep the one on the left.

Feb 13 2018 09:15AM by phoenixstainedglass

I use a very strong, very thick, clear adhesive. It takes up any gaps and sticks like ****! I can't remember what it's called, and you may not be able to get it where you are anyway, but it's a bit like clear, bathroom silicon. One big dollop in the middle of each piece of class and push into place hard.
My contact details are on the website, if you have any you've done, I'd love to see a photo.

Mar 17 2018 05:05PM by Pat

I also love your work, adding stained glass to driftwood. I’m also curious how you keep the stained glass piece attached to the piece of driftwood. Do you use glue, or just special nails?

Mar 17 2018 05:22PM by phoenixstainedglass

Just a strong, clear adhesive, but I chisel out the groove for the glass to seat into the wood before I use the adhesive, that way it doesn't really show.

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