Riana strawberry birdbath WIP

ladyronnieApril 6, 2008

I finally got around to working on the strawberry this afternoon. I mixed concrete twice and still came up short after I'd run out of sand, sure hope I don't regret that. I put a little more blood into this thing, but I think I'm gonna like it. I hope to be able to take the "ribs" off the strawberry when I mosaic it. SLOW, I'm sure looking forward to using those red tiles you gave me!!!

The berry/base:

The calyx/bath part:

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stjohnsgypsy

WOW..........I'm impressed...........I know I will never get around to doing this method........but I sure admire it...this is going to be so neat...and especially since you grow "berries!"

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 7:14PM
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Calamity_J

You grow berries? that's why the fancy technical word!ha! This looks awesome, great cement work! This is gonna be real ZOWEE!!!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 8:58PM
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crackpotannie

Looks really good Roni,it will be beautiful when tiled.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 9:02PM
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ladyronnie

Thanks, guys :) Yep, we grow berries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. And only about three weeks til strawberry season hits full tilt!

The REAL reason I made a strawberry in the class was because, I REEAALLY wanted DH to be glad I took the class, and I knew he would appreciate that I nodded to his passion. And it WORKED! I have wanted to get to work on it, but felt like other stuff took precedence, but he told me yesterday that he really wanted me to get it concreted AND mosaiced before we open to the public, since it will, what did he say?..."dress up the place" or something like that. So I have license to work on it without guilt! Genius! :)

    Bookmark   April 6, 2008 at 9:14PM
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cindiloo

Ooooo, that is sooo cool! Can't wait to see the finished big red strawberry!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 1:01AM
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flagtruck

WOW! You have really been busy since you left here. I finally got a bag of portland yesterday, so I will start my concrete on my big leaf soon. I have been wanting to grout my big urn, edgers and numerous other things, but the weather has not been cooperating. Today looks as if it is starting out okay, hopefully I will get a lot done today. Saturday I met the girl from Ft worth halfway to Dallas and picked up my English Mastiff rescue dog. He is a joy and wonderful guy, so now I have a new fella in my life. I am anxious to see how he likes grouting! LOL He will probably have a lot on him as I will. He did pretty good outside yesterday afternoon as I repotted a lot of my succulents.
Keep up the good work Veronica, I know you will make the deadline and have this done before the start of the season. I wish I was there to get some berries and see your finished work in person.
Carol

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 8:37AM
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curbdiver1954

Veronica, you strawberry birdbaht is so-o-o-o cute and original! Perfect idea to pay tribute to your DH's other passion with your super creativity! Looking forward to watching the progress on it VERY soon!

Pat (still jealous that I couldn't make it to the class)

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 9:41AM
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gretch1964

THat is so cool, i love your thought of doing something so different. Can't wait to see it all done.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 10:55AM
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Calamity_J

Lady Ronnie, We could be Sisters, with the way you think!!! ha! And I LOVE Berries!!! YUMMY!!!! Get going on this!!! You gotta deadline to meet!!!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 11:00AM
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mermaidmosaics

I love it!!! By the time it's done, you are going to have to put note about not for human consumption!! LOL.

I thought the strawberry top would look really cool as a starfish in a water garden, or as a twinkle twinkle little star in a moonlight garden with whatever of your plants look cool in the twilight. !!!

I know just what you need, another idea.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 9:06PM
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sbtexas

Lookin' great! I can't wait to see it completed. You did such a great job on the armature. I've almost completed a project I was working on prior to the class and then I'll try to finish up my head planter. Has anyone else from the workshop completed their projects?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2008 at 9:15PM
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ladyronnie

Thanks again everyone! I haven't finished the concrete yet. I'm so cheap...we have buckets of sand that have sat for a year, only one that wasn't full of water and dead leaves, but it had weeds growing in it. I took half a bucket of it, sifted it into a wheelbarrow of water, dumped the water and added more water and bleach, dumped that off and rinsed it again, and have it laying out to dry since yesterday afternoon, going out and raking through it every now and then. I REALLY should have just run to HD and got another bag of sand! BUT tomorrow I'll be able to finish up, I hope. Then on to busting tile and gluing glass!

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texaswild

Lookin' great, LADY. I was thinking that when the public comes to call to buy berries, just think what an advertisement this little beauty w/be. I'll just bet you'll get some mosaic commissions from displaying it. Can't wait to see all the red mixes that your Mom was garnering via her cell phone while still here. I was so danged impressed at how fast you sat down after Riana's demonstration, and whipped out that huge project. You're a natural w/this technique. Anxious to see some color on there.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2008 at 8:36AM
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ladyronnie

I have finished the concrete, added another layer in places. It is still two pieces, here it is set together:

From above-ish:

I think I am going to leave it in two pieces. That base is HEAVY! And I haven't mosaiced it yet! It took me and 15 yo DS both to carry it into the house between rainstorms (we got another FOUR inches overnight last night! I was SO glad we had brought it in!)

A question for Riana/concrete people: Is it really ok to go ahead and begin to mosaic it? Especially since I added concrete over concrete? I did wet it first like she said to. But do I not need to let it cure for any length of time? I HOPE the answer is "no", but want to ask to be sure. I can just see my tessarae falling off in chunks, and DON'T want that to happen!

A question for general mosaic artists (yes, I mean YOU!): Would you use randomly broken red tile for the strawberry, or would you use tile cut into geometric shapes (squares, triangles, etc.) I lean toward random, DH says geometric. Neither of us are adamant, so give us your input. THANKS!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 4:10PM
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bamasusanna

I think you could go ahead and mosaic it if you're using thinset to adhere your tesserae with.
I would love to see it done in geometric shapes, but I think the random shapes would make it look more artsy.
I can imagine how heavy this must be!
Whatcha gonna do on the base?

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 4:23PM
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texaswild

WOW - no - W.O.W. - you really smoothed that puppy out - looks absolutely WONDERFUL. Smooth as a baby's bottom. That'll be a wonderful base on which to lay your tesserae. Now let me see, re your question on shapes of the tesserae. Hmmmmmmmm - why doncha you take a wet saw and nippers and make strawberry shapes? LOL!!! KIDDING!!! Random different shades is my vote. You ARE going to use thinset aren't you??? Yes, you can begin the day after it drys overnight. We started immediately last year - the next morning. When I unveiled my little nicho, it was wet but it dried out quickly, and KLINGER and I started mosaicing that day while the rest of the group bussed off to Bucerias and another little town. That looks soooooo good, LADY!!!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 4:27PM
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crackpotannie

Looks wonderful Roni,great job,I'm so impressed with all of you !So far ahead of me but thts o.k. I'm slow and am gathering things to do some pigs now.i hope to do concrete Mon.O.K. I didn't hear I guess to do a second coat which I'm sure I'm going to do because I won't be covering much with mosaic what or how are you supposed to wet and how wet before adding second concrete?Now for this I would break up tile with a hammer and then trim with tile nippers thats how I did my birdbath and I like the random look on them

most pieces are about an inch and smaller

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 4:34PM
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ladyronnie

>>>Smooth as a baby's bottomLOL That's the beauty of saving something as "Best for Web" in Kodak EasyShare :) It loses some of the detail at the lower resolution. It's really NOT as smooth as it looks, but I think it'll be ok anyway. Or else that baby has some SERIOUS diaper rash! Ouch!

Ya'll do make me feel good, though. Thanks!

ANNIE: Thanks for posting those pics! That IS the look I think I am after. I THINK I am going to try to grout in a color similar to the tiles.

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texaswild

WHAT - you're not nipping strawberry shapes???? LOL

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ladyronnie

Nope, sorry SLOW dear! BUT! Looky what I found in my stash to use for SEEDS! And they are already rounded rather than flat, so they lay nicely on the surface of the berry :) I have four of these bowls (one now in pieces), and it didn't break too badly. I'll likely shape them some with the Leps...sure wish I had a grinder right about now! The big tiles are the ones SLOW GAVE me, and the smaller ones are all I have of some my mom gave me a long time ago.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 5:48PM
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crackpotannie

What about doing your leaf in green glass for a more sparkly effect and I would use a charcoal grout???Don't forget to tell me about wetting the concrete???

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ladyronnie

For wetting the concrete just use a spray bottle and spritz it good. Where I forgot to wet it (yes, I forgot in places) I just made the new crete more wet and smeared it in good.

I like your idea for the leaf. Right now I am collecting green dishes to use, but don't have a solid plan yet. I'm starting to think more of a pique assiette center though, rather than plain green. Green around the outside,then this surprise kind of center. We'll see.

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Calamity_J

Lookin' Good!!!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 7:41PM
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ladyronnie

It's got seeds! I thinsetted them on yesterday, gonna start filling in with red today after I brainstorm a while on how to go about it. I think I'm going to use geometric shapes, but probably not a real consistent pattern, since the spacing and especially the surface is not super consistent. This sucker is heavy!, so I used the mirror to see to position the ones in back. I just used my Leps to shape these, so if you look close, you'll take up a donation to get me a grinder :)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 4:12PM
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bamasusanna

I think the seeds look great! You did a nice job on spacing them out.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 4:28PM
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cindiloo

WOw! This is coming along very nice and fast!
SOoooo fun to watch! Just LOVE your seeds!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 4:42PM
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cait1

This is sooo exciting!! I love watching art come to life!! But maybe you should combine random with geometric shapes??? I like both and that's what I'll be doing on my bench so maybe I just want to see someone else do it first so I can get a better idea how it will look. Ah, ah, ah... asking you to be my experiment!! How kind is that of me?? ;-)

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 7:45PM
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flagtruck

I personally think that random would be better and allow the seeds to pop. You have done a great job so far and I am so proud of you. You go girl! Looking good.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 9:35PM
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ladyronnie

Well, it's 2/3 red now! It is what it is!

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 10:15PM
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texaswild

Well if you don't beat all. AND just look how smooth the side views are - not one tile point sticking out. Dang, girlie, that's BEAUTIFUL and excellent workmanship. LOVE those seeds. This is gonna REALLY be a work of art, and w/be great for your berry shop garden. I LOVE this.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 9:40AM
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curbdiver1954

Dang, that's so cute!! How perfectly your triangles fit the curvature of the berry! Wish we were closer so I could go berry pickin' at your place and see this in person!

Pat

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joyy

wow!!!!!!!! it's looking wonderful - i can hardly wait to see it all done.

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Calamity_J

Perfection!!! Excellent job!!! YES!!!

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ladyronnie

Oh, it's got it's points, believe me! I just got lucky with the angle of the photo :) Thanks for the kudos. I went all over town after work looking for Tints-All (small town, doesn't take long...) but no one seems to have it. I went to Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and an Ace HW, and called a True Value. Actually called the HD first also, but since they are notorious for NOT being very helpful, I WENT there also. The guy did tell me they would carry it at a larger HD. But this is a town of about 15,000, guess not enough of the 15,000 would be looking for the stuff! So guess I'll be ordering it. The Ace place did look it up and could order it for me.

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texaswild

Here you go, LADY.
Tints-All

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 4:25PM
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cacbeary

Here's the latest tip at Carl's place.

For tinting grout and thinset, Createx Pure Liquid Pigments go much further than TintsAll. Easily found in art supply stores, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and AC Moore.

Createx is artists pigment. So maybe a trip to Micahels may be in order. Have a Michaels or Hobby Lobby near by?

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texaswild

How nice to get this tip, CAC. Didn't know HobLob/Michaels have that. W/check them out.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 7:06PM
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mermaidmosaics

WOW!!! Lady That is one PROFESSIONAL work of art!! You are going to get commissions when others see that GORGEOUS strawberry. I love the seeds, the tiles , everything

You did WONDERFUL!! You should sent that to Riana for sure!!

I bought two color tints on EBAY, they are called Colorants.. I just did a search on ebay and found some listed if you want to check

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 7:31PM
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ladyronnie

Glad you all like it :) I spent another hour plus tonight cutting up two more tiles. That's work! But kind of satisfying nonetheless.

BAMA suggested over at Carl's that the red I want to use will cause it to lose some of its mosaic quality, and I know she's right. So now I am rethinking it. I used some of the grout samples that CRACKPOTANNIE gave me, laid them into the grout lines, and I am really having second thoughts about the red grout. I think I'll probably be going gray after all. (Well, I've been "going gray" for a long time, just very slooooowly! ;) I like the looks of the black between the red, but not around the seeds. OR I have white. What do you all think?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 9:31PM
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lascatx

Boy, I'm away for a while and see what I miss! Makes me think I should have come to join you all for the class. We drove 45 minutes to hear DS's band play 3 songs and then they left, so we had to leave too. He was going to want a ride home when they got back to the school. So I misse the class for something that turned out to be a lot less than I expected, but his section sounded great and earned a special recognition. That was great... but I digress.

I LOVE that strawberry! I would use black or grey grout myself. Reds are tricky things, and if it's not just right, it could be awful. The seeds would really pop against black, so if you want them softer, go with the grey. I think white would be great witht he red and yellow colors, but harsh and distracting for the design. Does that make sense?

Did I tell you I love that strawberry? ;-)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 10:41PM
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bamasusanna

Er, I think charcoal/black all the way!(even around the seeds)

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cacbeary

I second that thought Bama. The thinset that is still wet looks great against the red & the seeds better than the light gray.

So nice to be thinking of DH & the guilt free mosaics, LOL!

I think you will like having it in 2 separate pieces - cleaning it will be so much easier. You can clean, scrub & just lift & tilt the top to get the dirty water out. I have a cement leaf birdbath that weighs about 70-80 lbs & that's what I do. Very easy. And those birds sure get dirty!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 11:33PM
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crackpotannie

Looking sooooooooo good Roni,it will be so wonderful at your place when people are buying berries.Can't wait to see this finished.Excellent job.How is moms angel coming along?

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texaswild

I agree w/BAMA/CAC - charcoal or black. BEAUTIFUL and what a piece for your berry business.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 9:29AM
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crackpotannie

Yep like I said in the beginning charcoal,will make the red stand out more and really show the mosaic...good choice I think!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 10:17AM
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ladyronnie

OK, decisions, decisions! I bounced it off DH, and after he recovered from the blow :) he voted for more of a gray than a black. Sooooo...gonna finish the red tonight, then decide what to do on the base (to mosaic or not to mosaic, and if to mosaic, what to use...?) then the grout then the top piece, with yet MORE decisions...but I DO have IDEAS!

I am so glad to have all of you to help me with this! Funny...it would have been different in the end without you, and no doubt it's better WITH you in the stands! THANKS!

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cait1

Charcoal is my fav to use and with the red and seeds gonna POP!!! I kinda think mosaic the base but that will add to an already heavy piece. But mosaicing may also make it sturdier??? Heck, what do I know! ;-)

It's coming out FANTASTICAL and I can't wait for the next installment!!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 5:20AM
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curbdiver1954

Really like the idea of the charcoal grout, too. I'd be tempted to mosaic the base with something neutral relative to the setting - like a brown/tan if it's going in a bed of mulch. Just my 2 cents.....

Pat

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lascatx

Then make it a dark grey (which is what I pictured for grey anyway). Dirt and dust outdoors can make the grey darker or the balck lighter, so they may look much the same after time passes. Or am I just rationalizing for you?

I would mosaic the base -- either something sandy or medium neutral or possibly green to blend in if it will sit on grass or covered with leaves and like the leaves a real berry would sit against on the ground. If you have your placement picked, I'd tend to go with the one that will blend in the most.

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ladyronnie

It will likely sit in a grassy area. BUT I've begun thinking of maybe doing the base with PEBBLES...still cogitating on that...(Yeah, I know, how much heavier can I POSSIBLY make it??)

Now, to belabor the grout question...Here is the photo I have been working off of, which is from a brochure we have:

And just for juxtaposition, here is the project again:

WHAT IF...I use dark grey grout around the seeds to make them pop, and do the rest in white? I know some of you are, like, totally biased against white grout. But in the interest of semi-realism, based on the photo which shows how highlights show up on a strawberry, just WHAT IF I did it this way??? hmmm?

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texaswild

When I was painting in oil I was told that what I did was to over-emphasize - NOT be real - in order to make the statement I was trying to make. IMO you w/be making a big mistake if you use white. your white in the photo is a reflection of the light hitting the high points. This is a mosaic - not a replication of a photo. In order for your pieces to really show up, yes, white w/do it, but it wouldn't be as pretty as if you used dark grey. You could always put a little white on a spot, see how you like it, and if you don't, b/f it drys, wash/scurb it out. My two cents.

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ladyronnie

SLOW, you make a very good point which I hadn't thought of, and I value it a great deal! That is why I keep bouncing this stuff off you guys before I just dive in with my first idea, or second or third even!

I want this to be GOOD, and I will owe it to my friends here if I succeed. Thank you, again!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 6:09PM
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pjtexgirl

No helpful hints from the newbie here. I absolutly LOVE that strawberry and can't wait until I'm good enough to try something like it.PJ

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cait1

Ok, I'll add a cent... something one of my art teachers said was to step back from your work and squint at it. I squinted at both the brochure pic and your mosaic pic and IMH estimation charcoal is the only way to go. Like Slow said, the white is the reflection and when you squint you can see the reflection off your mosaic as white. It's almost as if the charcoal will become the shadow side of the white reflection - since your mosaic is flat and not pocketed like the 'real' strawberry is. At least that's how it looks to me when I squint.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 10:03AM
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diana1952

Hi Everyone,
I am new here. Lurking for now. I have never done mosaic but it looks like fun and I want to give it a try. First off ladyronnie you are very resourceful and creative, love the strawberry. what I was thinking, is you know how you can get those programs that let you explore color on your computer when you want to paint your room a different color. I believe they have a program that actually shows what your actual room will look like in that color. Well I was wondering could we take a picture of something we want to grout attach it to that prgram and play with different grout colors. It seems to me what I'm learning here is that the grout color can make or break (pardon the pun) lol an item.
Also Crockpotannie(what a cute name) would you walk me through how you did your birdbath. I just bought a cement birdbath on craigs list for 10 bucks and thought I would take a stab at this. I love shabby chic so your birdbath really appealed to me. Back to reading and studying the posts. I have a question to all of you. What was the first thing you ever mosaiced (is that a word lol)? And any tips for a beginner? Thank you all ahead of time. I just retired and now its time to play with junk. Woohoo!
Diana
P.s I just moved to Boise this winter, and I just found out they have a mosaic art studio here and you can take classes. Very Cool!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 3:25PM
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rchovey

Well...I've been watching this through the entire process, but can't find where I've commented...I think it's fantastic!! This whole method is so fascinating to me. Way beyond anything I'll have the time or inclination to tackle anytime soon, but fascinating nevertheless! Can't wait to see it on display, it is going to be wonderful.

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ladyronnie

DIANA: Thanks for coming out of lurkdom to comment on my project. Glad you like it. It sure has been a challenge to determine the grout color, and I have thought about what you suggested myself. But I also figure the experience represented by this group is worth so much, I'm going to follow their advice. For what it's worth, CRACKPOTANNIE (love that name myself :) gave me a set of grout sample colors (they're plastic), and I have used them to see what I thought on a small scale. Here's what one trial of that experiment looked like:

I like the black, DH likes the gray, most everyone else who doesn't say black says gray, so gray it will be! I did finally get all the red finished this afternoon. Phew!

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fiddlekate

Lady,
I haven't been able to write much in the forum.. but I sure have enjoyed seeing what you're doing with this project. It's wonderful!!! I was wondering.... if you might get the effect that you're looking for if you put a little pearl... or small whitish bead next to each "seed"....? It might really make it pop with the charcoal grout... ? Maybe? I put your picture in Paint Shop and added a few "pearls." I put a link below.
What do you think?
Again... VERY cool project! I'm anxious to watch it! :)
Katie

Here is a link that might be useful: Lady Ronnie's strawberry.. with added highlights

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 9:22PM
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ladyronnie

KATIE: What a novel idea! I'll have to consider it. Or maybe some little bits of mirror? hmmmmm....

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diana1952

Me again Lady,
Well I would probably trust the more experienced also. But I know I would have been interested in seeing cream colored grout or deep burgandy. Just my two cents for what its worth. I love how everyone is helping you birth this big red strawbaby. Can't wait to see the green added. To me thats whats going to really show off the strawberry.

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texaswild

LADY: When you were here, do you remember the mosaiced lady w/wild hair that's in the l.r.? I used dark green grout on that - it's almost black. Hate to say I've changed my opinion on your berry. Now to REALLY throw some confusion in the mix, since green is the compliment to red on the color wheel, danged if I wouldn't use that very dark green. You can't REALLY tell it's green, but it's darker than the grey and not as harsh as black. B/f you grout,is it possible for you to check out the dark greens? It's not on our grout chart that CRACK gave us. I THINK it was Hydrament brand. The darkest green on CRACK's gift is Onyx. The green that I'm talking about is about as dark as the Charcoal on CRACK's gift. Just a thought.

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miss_maggie_1967

Hi Diana 1952, Just dropping in. Been gone for awhile. Turns out we are almost neighbors since you live in Boise.You can click on my name and email me. Will be great to have a mosaic friend not too far away. Maggie

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crackpotannie

Roni,the gray that I used on my garden budda head was called Bay Leaf from Hd it looks grey with a greenish tint,it would look good on the red but if your going to grout all the same colors from the samples you showed I still think dark grey charcoal..heres the greenish grey,I think it's in that sample box i gave you too????Now that I went to the picture it doesn't show true color so not much help I'm afraid it's darker than it looks,and dosen't show green tint oh well sorry ..charcoal (dark)

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diana1952

Crackpotannie,(love your name) if you would look at my first post I would appreciate it. I'm new here. Your Budda is so well done. Very impressive.

Lady, I also like the idea of the dark green. What ever you pick it will be right. Cant't wait to see the finished project.

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ladyronnie

I guess if you stick with this hobby/addiction long enough, eventually you WILL wind up undoing several hours of work. I did so today. I started on the green/leaf/calyx/bowl part, had much of the bowl done, and just never was happy with it. So I have unthinsetted most of it, and will start over. I might even wind up taking off the little I left, which ain't much! But I feel better having pulled it all off than I did leaving it on.
So! Onward!

PS I am not discussing grout any more. For now anyway! I have been on overload trying to make the FInal fiNAL FI-NAL decision on it. I so appreciate everyone's input! It has given me much to think about. Now having said ALL THAT, I am not discussing grout anymore :)

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 7:33PM
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texaswild

Oh, doncha hate having to un-do? I was thinking we had totally confused you on too many opinions on grout, so we'll back off and wait patiently (NOT) for your next pictures.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 7:03AM
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bamasusanna

Pictures?? Did somebody say PICTURES??

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 9:00AM
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crackpotannie

Diana,I was going to e-mail you so as to not take over Roni's post but couldn't find address so I'll tell you here,All I did on my birdbaths was to break up tile with hammer,but I nip them nicer as I work with it,the plates I cut with a wet saw and tile nippers also,then I buttered each piece with thinset using craft sticks,then grouted.I did not seal birdbath first,don't even think I sealed grout but I would do so now,I did this when I first started.Very easy just go for it.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2008 at 9:21AM
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chickencollecter

So is there a finished picture of this magnificent berry around somewhere? I'm awestruck just thinking about the amount of work going into this piece. And it is looking truly magnificent!!! I would never even think about doing something of that size or weight.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2008 at 9:41PM
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ladyronnie

Weeeeeelllllll...It's STILL a work in progress! I grouted the red part of the berry this past weekend (and REALLY like it if I say so myself...still a surprise to see what color I went with...teehee...) Last night I cut 1.5 square feet of an Armstrong variegated green stained glass into small enough triangles to hopefully have the calyx part smooth (enough) when it's done. No Morton or Beetle Bits, just a scorer and running pliers and Leps. One of these days! And that's only half of what I have to do, and THAT's only for the top side! Haven't decided whether to mosaic the underside of the green or not.

All that to say...like the Energizer bunny..."Still going!"

    Bookmark   May 16, 2008 at 10:31PM
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texaswild

I can't wait to see this puppy in place in your garden. Wish I could find time to get back to my Riana project - Shea's birdbath.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 8:59AM
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Calamity_J

Oh LadyRonnie: You've got us waiting on baited breath!!! This is gonna be such a great project sitting in your yard!!!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2008 at 11:04AM
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ladyronnie

My digicam is on the fritz, DH is gone to town RIGHT NOW to get me a new one. No pics, may as well close this thread right now...

But in case you're curious about what's happening anyway...I've got the top mosaiced now, trying to figure out the grout on that one. I don't think it's going to be quite the dilemma the strawberry was. I'm experimenting with a couple of ideas. I had hoped to have it ALL done by today, but not gonna happen. Maybe by the end of this week? And maybe I WILL give in and post pics of the current status, if DH does bring home a new camera :)

    Bookmark   May 25, 2008 at 8:07PM
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texaswild

Where's the popcorn. Nag, nag, nag.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2008 at 8:46AM
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bluestarrgallery

Wow, is all I can say. Unbelievably wonderful.

I am wondering how the concrete form was made? As if you have time to explain that with all that work on the strawberry you are doing and not to mention your farming of all your berries.

Is there another post on how do this type of concrete form?

Can't wait to see the finished strawberry in it's place of honor.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2008 at 6:20PM
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Calamity_J

Spring, just search this forum for concrete forms, or google it, there is a lot of it in Wisconsin.
LadyR: PICS???????!!!!!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 10:16AM
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bluestarrgallery

thanks calamity j, I'll try that. I was telling DH about LadyR's strawberry last night and how amazing I thought it was (inside he is probably thinking I am going to try something monumental and is worried about all the stuff I will need to collect to accomplish it). Heck - inside I am thinking the same thing - what great fun to do something really big - a real statement - HA!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 10:43AM
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doone

Very nice! How about red grout same as your tile? Black will kinda take over and you won't see the red (in my humble experience)...it will be very dark.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 11:51AM
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nicethyme

I'm with Slow, pass the munchies and down in front! please!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 3:44PM
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ladyronnie

DH didn't get me a new camera, he decided I'd better go for myself. I haven't had time yet, so no pics yet, sorry!

DOONE: The strawberry is grouted already, just haven't divulged yet what I wound up doing ;)

I ordered grout today for the bath part, won't get it til next Tuesday.

Go ahead, everyone, breathe! It's coming!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2008 at 10:11PM
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bamasusanna

Argghhhh TEASE!!!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2008 at 10:27PM
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cadonna

POPCORN POPCORN POPCORN POPCORN POPCORN POPCORN POPCORN

JK, i really am waiting patiently,,,,,,,

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 2:00AM
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meadel

Pffffffffttttttttttt!!!!!!!! Giving you raspberries for NO strawberries ~~

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 9:57PM
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texaswild

I'm all out of popcorn - anybody have any M&Ms or cookies?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 10:15AM
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bamasusanna

Dang it. Where's the FRUIT LadyRonnie??????

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 3:08PM
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meadel

IT's Tuesday ..... Show us the berry !!!!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 8:16AM
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texasfern

Whew, what a read!
Great work. I cannot imagine taking on a project like this.
Can't wait to see the final pics.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 11:07AM
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