Wareables By Design


                Debi Bilous - Artist

 

 

Exploring the creative process..... Life on the mountain.. And the trials & tribulations of selling your Wareables without losing your mind.


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On October 18, 2013 the full moon called the Hunter  Moon was being touted as a super moon...So we had to be somewhere to get a great view. Tom (my Loving Husband) Myself and Cristina (my loving daughter) took a ride and then a hike at High Point State Park here in N.J. , High Point being the highest elevation in the State at 1804' did not disappoint. We waited at the main parking lot next to the monument that is an obelisk akin to the Washington Monument  for sunset. What an amazing view!!! You can see the Delaware River, Pennsylvania,New York and New Jersey pretty much simultaneously.

The photograph above is my favorite  from that evening of the sun setting and moon rising. Below are some additional photos from our visit to High Point.

 



                     Silversmithing

One of the mediums in which I work is metals or silversmithing.  A perfect medium for a perfectionist to drive themselves mad. When you are dealing with millimeters and centimeters you know you need to be precise. But I have to say there is nothing like sitting down with a acetylene torch and soldering and constructing forms into which you get to place beautiful stones.  And anyone who knows me knows my love of rocks, when I travel it is inevitable my suitcase will be heavier on the way home because of the bags of rocks or single small boulder stowed away inside. You can purchase any of the jewelry pictured and many other pieces of my handmade jewelry by visiting my etsy store at : https://www.etsy.com/shop/Wareables​   Sorry I have not figured out how to hyper link each individual photograph.




      High Point Full Moon


            Mosaics



On October 18, 2013 the full moon called the Hunter  Moon was being touted as a super moon...So we had to be somewhere to get a great view. Tom (my Loving Husband) Myself and Cristina (my loving daughter) took a ride and then a hike at High Point State Park here in N.J. , High Point being the highest elevation in the State at 1804' did not disappoint. We waited at the main parking lot next to the monument that is an obelisk akin to the Washington Monument  for sunset. What an amazing view!!! You can see the Delaware River, Pennsylvania,New York and New Jersey pretty much simultaneously.

The photograph above is my favorite  from that evening of the sun setting and moon rising. Below are some additional photos from our visit to High Point.

 



       Elephants Love Flowers

This mosaic was a commissioned Valentine's Day gift. A friends girlfriend has a photo of this image as a screen saver on her phone and she loves elephants. 

The base for the mosaic was 1/2" thick masonite. I sketch directly on the masonite using pencil and then draw in the final lines with permanent marker. The next step is to cut the glass and build the image in sections.

For this mosaic I used gray and black cathedral glass tiles for the elephants,  blue and white swirl cathedral tile for the sky, carnelian and jasper cabochons for the flower centers and cathedral glass for the flower petals, mountains and leaves. Iridized orange tone glass was used for the side edge of the mosaic

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I began to work with Mosaic glass about two years ago. I really do not know what specifically drew me into wanting to work with mosaics, although I have had a fascination with mosaics that goes back to my childhood and growing up and going to both Catholic and Ukranian Orthodox churches and the stained glass windows and mosaic murals  in the churches. I remember how looking at and analyzing the mosaic and stained glass imagery in these churches were what I looked forward to breaking my boredom when I was forced to go to church.  I was particularly drawn to the smalti icons of the Saints in the Orthodox church and how the colors of the tile were blended to create flesh tones and details in the mosaics and the backgrounds of bright gold shimmering tile.

The first piece I designed is the top of my bedroom side table, actually I never finished that piece and it still remains ungrouted. I will get to finishing that table one day. I refer to working with mosaics as painting with glass because that is quite literally what you are doing when working with mosaics. You are painting with glass. Any image you can think of from photo realistic to hard edge geometric can be built in mosaic.

Below is a sampling of some of the mosaics I have completed. All are for sale if not already sold, so shoot me an email if you are interested in any of these pieces. Or have a custom mosaic built to your specifications. I LOVE custom orders.


            Skull with Diamonds, Hearts, Clubs and Spades

This mosaic was constructed using cathedral glass, gold Van Gogh glass,turquoise van Gogh glass, iridized glass, black glass gems, onyx cross, black glass evil eye, and a large turqoise dyed agate carved medallion on forehead. Currently selling this piece as a wall hanging but it can be converted to a table top as I have legs available in two lengths that can be painted to your specifications. Finished with black grout. E-mail me for availability and pricing.

                  Burning Love Wall Hanging or Table Top

This mosaic was constructed on 1/2" masonite. Using cathedral glass, glass evil eyes, turquoise beads, onyx crosses, jasper crosses, unikite crosses and mirror. Finished with black grout. The back of the mosaic is painted in black acrylic paint.

I have not attached legs to this mosaic so it is available as a wall hanging. I do have table legs in two lengths that can be attached and painted made to order.

E-mail me for availability and shipping costs. $160


                          Sunflower Table

Ii absolutely love this table. It is as bright and beautiful as an actual sunflower. Mosaic built on a maple tripod table..

The top is constructed using cathedral glass, glass gems, black abalone shell, yellow agate, dichoric glass and pacific ocean beach stones.

The base is encrusted with glass gems in various shades of green.

This table is available for sale. $425. Contact me for shipping costs 

                Burning Love - Round Table

Another version of the burning Love/Heart motif. Great sofa side table. this mosaic was costructed using cathedral glass, millefiori, glass gems and mirror. Wood base is painted in primary colors using acrylic paints and is topped with a matte clear acrylic finish.

Available for sale. $155.. Contact me for shipping costs and details

                    Peacock Feather Table

Another perfect sofa or lounger side table. This mosaic is constructed entirely of cathedral glass and has a steel base. Available for sale $225.  Contact me for shipping costs and details. 

Mosaic Jewelry Box - Skull  - Rose and Heart 

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                          Shabby Chic Shelf

Lovely pastel wall shelf in white, pink and pale turquoise. Constructed with pink iridized glass tile, broken rose pattern dishes, glass gems and crowned with capidimonte rose. Finished with white grout. Avaiiable for sale $110. Contact me for shipping costs and details.


Perfect opportunity for custom mosaic work is that box of dishes we all have inherited from family members. They sit in a box collecting dust for years. Why not turn those dishes into a custom mosaic. The possibilities are endless 

               Large Shell Mosiac Mirror

Not for Sale

        Embellished Natural Skull - Nutria

A genuine nutria skull i have painted in brilliant gold acrylic and embellished using genuine turquoise and coral, millefiore glass beads, moonstone and glass gems. One of a kind piece perfect for a skull collector.

available for sale $75. Contact me for shipping costs and details.

           Small Shell Mosaic Mirrors

Top mirror has sold. bottom mirror available for sale $45. Contact me for shipping costs and details.


A perfect opportunity for a custom mosaic is to have a mosaic built using those shells you have collected and that are just sitting in jars and boxes. I could create a mirror, or a table top, a planter or a glass block encrusted with shells and electrified for a beautiful accent light.. Contact me I love custom orders.

                  Peacock Jewelry Box

This is a beautiful mixed media jewelry box. The peacock feather motif is a relief on 36 gauge aluminum tooling foil. A process in which you draw with a stylus directly onto the foil raising and sinking the details to create a relief sculpture. The foil is then hand colored using permanent markers and is sealed with a clear acrylic coating. The foil on this box is surrounded by purple and turquoise Van Gogh glass tile. the rest of the box is hand painted with acrylic paints.

available for sale $65. contact me for shipping costs and details.

      Mosaic Glass Dish - Flower Pattern


             Sugar Skulls

                     Paper Mache

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    Sunflower in Radiant Orchid and Turquoise


            Sunflower in White and Yellow


           Roses in Black and White 

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           Sunflower in Black and Yellow



                  Roses in Black and Copper

                SOLD

          Roses in Black and Gold


            Roses and Hearts on Fire