A while back, I started working with a tile called "mosaic gold" which consists a thin layer of 24-carat gold leaf placed on top of poured glass and then another layer of molten glass is poured on top. Mosaic gold comes in a variety of amazing colors including golds, coppers, greens, blues, and silvers. I am fond of "acid green" and the coppers. When I started working with mosaic gold I created jewelry pieces that were comprised of only the mosaic gold. I soon learned that I would have to charge a hefty amount since the mosaic gold is pricey as well as being difficult to work with. I decided to incorporate the gold pieces into my tile mosaic jewelry. This turned out to be a good idea as the mosaic gold looks stunning next to the Moroccan tile.
I continue to explore working with mosaic gold, combining it with other materials as well, such as Italian glass and millefiori. Below are examples of mosaic gold jewelry. The round pendant was created using only mosaic gold and dichroic glass. It took a long time to create the pendant as I had to "keystone" cut each piece of the gold and then place the gold piece by piece into a bed of epoxy which was very time consuming. In the photo on the right, the pendant on the far right contains copper mosaic gold mixed in with the Moroccan tile. The mosaic gold is reflective and shimmers creating texture in the sea of tile.
In the photos below, you can see the stone mixed in with the Moroccan tile. I used verde cina and peperino grigio in the pendant on the left and just the peperino grigio in the pendant on the right. I wanted to achieve a natural effect so I used only neutral colored Moroccan tile. I am happy with how the pendants turned out and I can't wait to create more.
When cutting mosaic gold, I use my Montolit wheeled nippers, pictured above far right, which cut through the mosaic gold glass like a hot knife through butter. The only problem is, sometimes the glass has a mind of its own and it crumbles. Other times I can cut it into nice tiny squares, perfect for my mosaics.