Evolution of a Serving Platter

Here is how I made a mosaic with all reclaimed and recycled materials.

I began with a serving platter purchased from the Brown Elephant Thrift Store in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. I love to shop there because the proceeds are used to provide health care to underinsured clients of the Howard Brown Health Center.

Bare Platter







Using a compass and pencil, I created geometric patterns on the platter.   I then began to mosaic the parts of the pattern that interested me.  If you look carefully, you can see pencil marks on the platter in the photo below.

I glued Kismet glass tile, made with recycled materials, to the center and perimeter of the platter.

Platter in progress - ReclaimedMosaics
Platter in progress – ReclaimedMosaics







I then filled in the empty spaces outside of the flower with pieces of glass from a broken stained glass lampshade.  This is what the platter looked like before I grouted it.

 Platter completed, no grout - ReclaimedMosaics

Platter completed, no grout – ReclaimedMosaics


I then filled in the gaps with a buttercream colored grout.  Here is the finished piece – completely upcycled.

Platter with grout-ReclaimedMosaics
Platter with grout – ReclaimedMosaics