I created this awesome Florida State Seminoles stained glass mosaic for my family.
Read along as I teach you how you can also make this incredible piece of art.
Here’s what you will need in order to make the Florida State Seminoles Stained Glass Mosaic:
- Wooden Board – mine was 12″ by 12″
- Stained Glass – Garnet and Gold
- I used stained glass made by Bullseye.
- Running Pliers, Breaking Pliers, Pencil Style Glass Cutter
- You can purchase all these tools from Amazon here.
- I recommend Weldbond. My local craft store didn’t have it, so I purchased another brand.
- White Grout
- I recommend sanded grout from Home Depot. Snow White were the shades used for this project.
- Tracing Paper (Optional)
- Stencil (Optional)
- A stencil can be used to trace your art on the wooden board.
Tracing the Florida State Seminoles Logo
I used my electronic cutting machine to cut out the Seminole’s logo. After sticking the cut out vinyl on the board, I traced the logo onto the wood.
How to Cut Stained Glass
Click here to read our entire detailed article on how to cut glass. It includes lots of gif video clips showing you how to cut the glass to your desired shape and size.
Creating the Florida State Seminoles Logo out of Stained Glass
Keep in mind, we are all artistic in our own way. That’s what makes everyone’s art so interesting and fun. I personally like to make my pieces more exact with more preplanning. Some people like to work in a more free flow manner. Do what makes you have the most fun! Below I’ll be describing how I created my piece.
My tip is to start with the smaller details located in the middle and to work my way out, finishing with the background last. But, there is no right or wrong way to start!
Last tip, you don’t want the glass pieces to touch one another. Think of every piece of glass on an island.
Gold FSU Logo
As described above, there are two ways you can complete the logo. 1) Cut exactly shaped and sized pieces to fit inside the sketch. Or 2) fit any shaped and sized pieces inside the sketch using a more free flow approach. I detail how I created option 1).
Begin with using your tracing paper to trace out a section of the FSU logo. Using scissors, cut the traced paper out.
Then draw thick lines inside the traced section. The lines are where you want to cut the glass and the shapes you want to create. With scissors, cut along the thick drawn lines. Your traced section of the FSU logo will now have a few oddly shaped cut outs.
Place all the small oddly shaped cut outs on the gold glass. Then score the glass along the outline of the cut outs. After scoring and snapping the glass with the pliers, your desired pieces are created!
Fit your newly cut glass pieces inside the traced FSU logo on the wooden board, like a puzzle. Make sure the pieces are not touching one another.
When the pieces are laid down at a desired spot, glue them.
Continue working on different sections of the FSU logo until the entire logo is filled with gold glass.
This is not necessary, but I generally try to make my background glass pieces larger than the center or detailed pieces. Your piece to be easier to look at from afar and allows you to finish your project quicker since you will be working with less pieces.
Click here to read my detailed article on how to grout your stained glass mosaic.
But here I’ll describe quickly how to grout the Florida State Seminoles mosaic.
Make the Snow White grout by mixing the grout with water inside a bucket.
Once your grout is wet and ready, cover the Snow White grout over all the glass. You want the grout to fall in between all the pieces of glass.
Allow the grout to for 15-20 minutes. Keep it in the shade, away from the sun. After 15-20 minutes, take a wet sponge and wipe across the mosaic, removing the left over grout that was drying on top of the glass.
See your stained glass mosaic is coming to life?
Vinegar is a great way to clean off your mosaic and allow for it to shine! Wipe some vinegar over the glass and it will sparkle.
Get a hanging hook, find your favorite wall space, and hang that masterpiece up. Congratulations on making an incredible, one-of-a-kind piece of art.