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An ungrouted collage of beachcombing finds

Whitby shards

This collection is from a holiday in North Yorkshire. Fossicked from beaches and harbours are shards of pottery, sea-worn glass, pieces of clay pipes, fossil ammonites and belamnites, Whitby Jet, sea coal, and the odd shell or two. I wanted to make something which would display them and do them justice.

Whitby shards

I had a second hand pine mirror frame I bought some while back. I'd sanded the old paint off, but couldn't decide how best to use it until now.

I chose a selection of the most interesting items and arranged them around the frame until I was happy with the result.

detail of shards
beach mirror mosaic

I stuck the pieces on with PVA glue (white craft glue), or epoxy resin for the fossils and heaviest pieces of glass.

This is a mosaic without the grout, allowing light to shine through the glass. In fact, grout would discolour the abraded surface of the sea-worn glass. Everything has been eroded by the waves, so there are no sharp edges to these shards.

Some pieces overlap the edge of the mirror and their reflections give greater depth to the frame.

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