Is this junk or what?

meadelFebruary 4, 2008

I was just cleaning up outside and came across these tile offcuts that were given to me some time ago. I have about 20 of the greyish ones ( 6x6) They are floor tiles and are petty thick. The other ones are just plain white.

Can you think of something besides the landfill? I am stumped.

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texaswild

Background for flower pots, surrounding colorful designs made w/chunky dish shards or stained glass, lifted w/something under the tesserae to lift them to your background level. I have a bunch of them too. Or, just use them as is to cover the pots. Also could use them to mosaic a little area in the garden - perhaps in conjunction w/other tesserae to make a little path. Lots of ways to use them.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 12:20PM
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mmqchdygg

Take a couple of the larger tiles, use them as substrates, then cut up the smaller pieces into even smaller pieces to use as tesserae for nice stepping stones.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 8:39AM
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texaswild

There you go. See - nothing is junk in our world.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 8:55AM
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meadel

Thanks, I guess I am just blocked with this pile, usually I have TOO many ideas. I've had these outside for over a year just getting dirty half hoping that they would fall apart..

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 11:17AM
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texaswild

Going through the same mosaic block lately, MEADEL. Keep Googling for mosaics on-line, and something w/"come and then you'll "build it" - you know that phrase from the movie - "build it and they w/come"?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 1:48PM
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natasha687

These are what I used for alot of mosaics. Here are some pics.


Large mirrors look really pretty with the floor tiles around them also...
I will post pics of them if you want just email me.
Natasha687

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 4:22PM
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andrea_2

You can use them as bases for trivets and coasters. You might want to add some felt to the bottom so your tabletops don't get scratched.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2008 at 11:40PM
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mmqchdygg

Ahhh...felt! That's what I need! I couldn't figure out where I was gonna find a couple of rubber 'feet' for a glass surface saver that was missing a couple. Thanks, andrea!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 4:04PM
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meadel

Thanks all! I think that my problem is I haven't done many mosaics with ceramics! ( just glass)
I think that I will start with a trivet as andrea suggested. I have some cork here at home, so maybe I'll use that. I just LOVE the signs you made natasha! That will be added to my "to do " list!
I learned a new word the other day, my fusing buddy uses " bumpons" that's what those little rubber feet are called!
Thanks again,
Lori

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 8:50PM
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meadel

Well, it took me only 8 months to do something with these~



Thanks for all your suggestions !

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 9:20AM
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rchovey

It was sure worth the wait! Good job! As Slow said, "nothing is junk in our world"!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 9:43AM
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texaswild

GOODGRIEF, GOODGRIEF, GOODGRIEF. These are outstanding, especially the bird. Lordy, you're G.O.O.D. Why aren't these posted on the other side, pray tell? I LOVE them both, but that bird is truly spectacular. I was so surprised to see what became of your "pile of junk". Yeah, RCHOVEY - nothing is junk. It's unborn art. Get this post on the other side TODAY.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2008 at 8:15AM
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laurastheme

OK, tell me how you did these outstanding projects. How did you make the apples, bird and trees. I'm new to mosaics, but hoping to try it soon.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2008 at 10:21PM
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becky_ia

I too love the apples! VERYYYYY nice work.

Becky

    Bookmark   October 16, 2008 at 10:45PM
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meadel

Thanks!
Laura, The apples were just cut from a pattern and glued to the tile then grouted. ( the pattern : http://www.glasspatterns.com/projects/freepatterns/pdfs/AppleofMyEyeFramedMosaic.pdf
though the finished picture on the pattern is slightly different then the pattern.. so I wasn't too happy with that.

The tree one : trees were made with copperfoil tape and solder ! The bird was stained glass.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 6:34AM
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Calamity_J

W>O>W!!! You are amazing!!! I used big tiles like those for bases for my garden art stuff like Gypsy Bunny's pedastal...

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 11:09AM
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meadel

Hey Janie !! Thanks!! I remember that bunny !! Thanks for that pic !
I still drool over your art room too , especially that glass rack ! omg : )

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 10:30PM
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