Some progress on Mr. Sea

loribee2May 14, 2011

Okay, so these fins are HARD to mosaic. I tried a couple things before deciding to define the edge then let it dry good before I try adding the sides.

As I mentioned before, I redid the eyes and nose three times before settling on this:

boy, the face really defines the mood of the whole character, I discovered. But this is what I wanted. The others ranged from goofy to strange, lol.

This section of white on the side is supposed to be the splash when he comes out of the water. I was going to put a few of them around him and I've got NO IDEA whether the concept is going to work or not. This is the kind of seat-of-my-pants side of mosaic that I hate (I prefer knowing whether or not something is good before I do it LOL), but what can you do? Sometimes, you've got to just run with something and if it ends up sucking, live and learn!

3D mosaic is definitely a challenge, but I'm having a lot of fun watching him come to life.

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loribee2

Update: Well, my little white splash is gone. Hubby and son came home and agreed that it would look better without it. So I scraped it off quick before the thinset hardened!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 12:08AM
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jenel

Loribee, that is SO COOL!!!! Thank you for posting your progress pics. I'm in awe of your talent to create the form in the first place. I love the copper flames coming out of his nose. And your glasswork is amazing. I like how you keep the tessarae close together so that when the piece is finished, the grout will enhance the piece, not overwhelm it. Beautiful!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 9:45AM
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lascatx

I love Mr Sea!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 10:19AM
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texaswild

Ditto the above. You're going great guns already. Love what you've done w/the spine and face too. The whole creation is truly magnificient, and I love it's base. To think - you made everything from scratch - must be sooooooo satisfying. This w/be a spectacular piece when finished.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 2:36PM
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loribee2

Thanks ladies! I am having a lot of fun with him.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 6:09PM
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nanatricia

Yes that is so looking great!!!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 10:36PM
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loribee2

Now it's back to work for me until next weekend. :-(

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 10:26AM
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lascatx

That's just going to be fabulous! Makes me want to try something, but I think I'd be sorely disappointed in comparison. I love that you have a window at your workspace too. A definite plus.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 11:09AM
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oldcrafty

Absolutely lovely. What a handsome guy he's gonna be. Love seeing all the steps as you progress.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 11:17AM
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loribee2

Thanks! I do love my workshop. It looks out onto my veggie garden and is my favorite "room in the house". LOL

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 11:58AM
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texaswild

Looking great.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 3:21PM
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Calamity_J

I'M SPEECHLESS!!! He is gonna be PERFECT!!! Love those nuggets and the colors!!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 7:58PM
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shrillmtb

OMGoodness he is looking so fantastic! I also have workshop envy :)

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 8:01PM
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concretenprimroses

He's terrrific. Great color choices. Interesting to know about doing the edges first. Love the face.
Kathy

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 7:25AM
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rock_oak_deer

He is looking so good, wow!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2011 at 5:04PM
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fldirt

Wow..can't wait to see him finished. He's going to be awesome!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 10:31PM
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