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c'est fini! the mosaic project that took 6 months

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

not because it was all that complicated--just a big job and a lot of interruptions, but at long last, my firescreen is done. here it is:
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    That is incredibly beautiful! I hope that you made that for you and Rob! I love the colors and patterns in it. It really is stunning! Bravo!!

    Now I am curious about dorijane...when you say she "goes down", do you mean she collapses and can't get up and walk at all? I'm wondering if she has a pinched nerve somewhere or has that been ruled out? Did the muscle relaxer help her? I'm glad that new vet was able to help. That practice sounds wonderful! Hold on to them for sure! How is dorijane today?
    1821 days ago
    What a beautiful wormanship you accomplished. you remind me of Tiffany's work on many buildings. That is a preacious art.
    1822 days ago
    It's beautiful!
    1822 days ago
    thanks you guys--ladysmithc--mosaic is not difficult at all. this style is called "pique assiette" which means "one who eats from others' plates". its really the simplest type of mosaic to do--you just amass a collection of plates, cut them into pieces and then fit them together. there are indeed some special plates in this piece--they were laid first and then the borders around them and then all the fill pieces. the edges are iridescent tile. there is a lot of info on the web about how to make mosaic--this is a very good place to start:
    the tools you need are fairly simple, safety glasses, a wheeled tile cutter, pair of nippers, glue (weldbond or titebond--which you can buy at home improvement stores) and a few other things. then you head out to thrift stores and start hunting for pretty plates and things. you need to look for dishes that have the pretty part on a relatively flat part of the plate, and the majority of the design needs to be positioned on the plate so it doesn't fall over the "foot" on the back side of the plate. this part will not lay flat unless it is ground down. if you have always wanted to try it--give yourself permission and give it a shot. start with something small, like a picture frame or a flat box--something like that--and have at it. you grout the tile at the end, but that's not hard either. you just use sanded grout, mix it with water and let it set (tells you how to do it on the bag) then you wear rubber gloves and smear the grout all over the piece, pushing it into the spaces as you go. then you take a damp sponge and begin to wipe off the excess. one thing to remember--NEVER dump water with grout or thinset mortar in it down your drain unless you want to cement them shut.
    1822 days ago
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    That is very beautiful emoticon
    1822 days ago
    OMG! no really OMG! I want to learn how to do this. I recently visited a woman who had cracks in her floor tiles, so what did she do but lift the tiles and make a mosaic pathway in place of the broken tiles. She has talent and YOU have talent! Where did you learn the secrets for this creation? How did you begin?
    It appears as if you have used a special plate or 2 in the design.
    You need to tell everyone a bit about it oh- and answer my questions too.
    Well done!
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    1822 days ago
    WOW! That's beautiful!
    1822 days ago
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