So, this is another piece that, when finished, really wanted to stay with me and, you know, hold jewelry and stuff for me. ‘Cuz that’s what trays do. But I said, “No, you must go out into the world and make someone else happy.” And the tray was sad. But not really. Because it knew it would have a great life and be useful AND decorative.
This is a simple yet elegant piece that reminds me how much I really like the way picassiette looks when completed. There is something entirely unique about the patterns and feeling of the broken china that appeals to me.
The base is a Reed & Barton stainless steel tray, and the border and center flower are from a lovely china plate I found somewhere (that probably had some chips or cracks, since I don’t like to smash up the ones that are intact…not right away anyway). I filled in the mid-ground with stained glass, and the beads were added just because I thought there needed to be a little more going on there.
There is one thing I will have to mention about the beads I used as this was another experimental piece. The glass beads – which are beautiful and SHINY when you glue them down? – do NOT survive being grouted over. You can see that I did not in fact use white beads, if you check the progress pictures in the gallery. They were pink and dark pink! I was disappointed but at that stage there was nothing to be done but clean off the rest of the color and go with it. I was glad that I did a small experiment with the beads though, and didn’t end up with that result on a large portion of the design. Then I would have been mad. Note to self here…glue beads on AFTER grouting.
So, if you are looking at this and thinking, well, it’s super cute but what would I use it for? How about a cupcake tray? No I didn’t make this up, it’s an actual suggestion from someone who saw the picture. I think it would make an awesome cupcake tray.
Size: 10-5/8″ x 5-1/8″
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