Desert WIP

cacbearyMarch 18, 2008

Here's the latest pic of the desert pic. Found the wedi board locally. Put the hangers in today.

I'm debating if I should put the beads in the flowers of the prickly pear cactus now or after I grout. I guess I will pipe the grout in between.

The long piece of the saguaro cactus is a different color than the rest because it is still drying.

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texaswild

Amazing. This is gonna be a real piece of work. Tell us what you've done here, please. It's so realistic I'm having trouble understanding. Didja paint the thorns on the cactus ? What is the glass of the S cactus?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 6:47AM
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cacbeary

Slow - The cactus I painted with those enamel paints you bake in the oven for 30 min. The saguaro cactus I glued clear reed glass on top of it. There was another textured glass I liked even better but I couldn't get a piece big enough. There is 2 pieces of green glass under it the length of the saguaro cactus. It's the same glass as the prickly pear cactus. Then I started putting the glass beads on the flowers of the pear cactus. They don't show up very well but I like the look of the bead flowers. Hopefully it will show up better when it's finished.

The reed glass was easy to cut but has really sharp edges - don't care working with that glass at all,

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 9:56AM
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siriusmosaics

You sure have put a lot of work into those cactus'. I never knew you could paint stained glass and put it in the oven. I like the texture of the other glass.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 10:01AM
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cacbeary

Sirius - They have the paint everywhere. It's the paint where you decorate vases & plates. The reed glass is cool. They had a wood grain clear glass I really liked because a cactus is really funky but I needed a long piece & the reed glass is what came in the long piece. This was my 2nd choice but I like it too.

Since it's such a big long piece, I had a hard time with the glue. It would make big air pockets in the middle of the glass when it would dry. I would pry it apart & would either break the green glass or the reed glass & start over again. I made 4 of them before one turned out. The reed glass splinters really easy. I ended up putting a really thick layer of glue on it & then weighted it down for a few hours to eliminate the air pockets. This is going to take days to dry, LOL!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 10:41AM
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foxglove44

very nice! And I love how creative you are with the paint and the reed glass!
I have never done any work with beads. Are they hard to grout? I imagine they are!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 11:34AM
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cacbeary

Foxglove - I couldn't tell you. I never worked with them either but I'm going to find out, LOL! It's been fun glueing them down - they are on tight. I'd doing some other beads too so it will be a learning experience. I believe I read it's good to give them a coating of weldbond or something like that & will probably try that.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 2:51PM
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Calamity_J

Looking good so far Cac! Can't wait for the dimensions to really POP!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 10:42PM
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stjohnsgypsy

WOW.......I'm so impressed.......! This is going to be awesome!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 11:04PM
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cindiloo

Your saguaro is looking good....like that glass!
The pink beaded Prickly blooms are perfect!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2008 at 12:07AM
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chickeemama

Thanks for the explaination of the cactus and how you got the thorns on there. It looks fantastic, I think your spacing is perfect!!!!

I got this tip from someone else but Im gonna pass it along to you. When your done grouting the beads it will help to use a toothbrush to uncover them as they tend to cover up easily.

You are doing wonderful! I cant wait to see it done!!!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2008 at 1:39AM
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rchovey

Very creative! Can't wait to see it finished.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2008 at 3:09PM
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cacbeary

Here's an update

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 10:10PM
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texaswild

Oh, W.O.W., CAC. That's so dimensional - looks almost like an oil. You really have a painter's eye. WONDERFUL.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 9:35AM
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crackpotannie

Wow is right,boy what an artist you are....looks like the real thing!Love it!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 9:49AM
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gretch1964

Oh that is looking great.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 10:26AM
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cacbeary

OK, here is the progress I've made up to now.

I sure would appreciate everyone's input on what I need to do with this - changes or whatever. I'm so frustrated with this I can't think anymore. My head just swims.

Even down to the grout color. There's the sand in the lower right. Thinking of a tan color - but what shade. I'd like it darker in the sky & rocks because it would show the brown of the rocks I think. But the sand part a lighter tan - not sure of that either. If I did do 2 colors of grout what on earth should the saguaro cactus be? That's in both. Or a darker tan all the way around. Do I sound confused? You betcha!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2008 at 11:41PM
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cacbeary

It would help if I put a pic now wouldn't it.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 12:31AM
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cacbeary

I finally think I am calling this finished.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2008 at 8:11PM
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cait1

I've always wanted to go to Monument Valley!!!
That is SOOOOO EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is that sanded grout you've used? It's PERFECT!!
I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 9:01AM
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hrsg

Love the look of this piece! What incredible detail is being shown with the glasses you chose. Excellent work!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 9:42AM
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Calamity_J

Cacbeary, this takes mosaicing to a whole new "level" (literally too!) You TOTALLY succeded the 3d part!!! Amazing! I love the border, the coyote, the rocks, the...heck EVERYTHING!!! I gotta try this sometime! See, another thing of yours I wanna copy!!!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 9:58AM
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cacbeary

Calamity - I had a lot of good advice from the girls. I couldn't have done this without them. A lot of stuff I tried & would rip off & do something else. You can't copy me - I copied from Yellowrose's sea turtle with the sand. Remember that piece? I loved the use of sand in her piece & she made the turtle 3D & the water.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 11:51AM
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cindiloo

Commented at Carl's, but this is worth another
Bravo! All that cutting and changing things and
hard work really paid off! I would be afraid to
touch the prickly pear, it looks so real!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 1:08PM
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crackpotannie

Beautiful piece of art,love all the details and the sand just finishes it off perfect.Great work!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 4:51PM
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gretch1964

OMG, that is awesome. Wow love all the little details and such. Great job.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 11:07AM
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texaswild

OH, OH, OH. I agree w/CALAM - this is REALLY a fabulous piece. You've actually painted in glass - there's so much depth to this. BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 9:02AM
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cacbeary

Slow - Yes, I used those paints that you bake in the oven for 1/2 hour. It's great for van faux glass. It don't scratch off so you can cut it up beforehand with no problem. But with the cacti the sanded grout some of the paint come off & I had to do touch ups when finished. But it says it air drys in 21 days or you can bake it so it should last.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 11:27PM
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texaswild

No, CAC - I meant your glass work LOOKS like an oil painting it's so good. You've created a "painting" using glass.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 7:29AM
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cacbeary

Duh! - Thanks Slow. Wow now that's a compliment.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 8:58AM
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siriusmosaics

That turned out beautiful. Love everything, the cactus' the way the rocks look, the sand you used just like being in the desert. The depth you created is amazing.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 9:23AM
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