Several years ago I took a mosaics class and found a new hobby. I made clocks, frames and turned light switch plates into art screwed onto the walls. I wanted to sell pieces and decided to try something smaller in order to make more pieces more efficiently.
There is a local discount store that sells all kinds of kitchenware and glassware – including mini salt & pepper shakers. I stocked up on these (minus the screw on tops), found I could work on many at one time and finish in a reasonable amount of time. I used stained glass – transparent and opaque, millefiore from Venice and mirror glass. My goal was to create something garden-related and I came up with mini vases for dried flowers or grasses so I wouldn’t have to bother with water in the small bottles. I found that hydrangea flowers dried in all kinds of colors, depending on the variety or when I cut the flowers. Below are several pieces I keep on my kitchen window sill where the sun enhances the glass color during the day, and each side is different so I turn them around for a different look.
I work on these in the winter as an extension of real gardening, which is off-limits for me in the colder months.