!st mosaic project wip

katkerriJuly 16, 2008

~ trying to mosaic a wooden picture frame with broken flowerpot shards~

Such an exciting process! IÂm just loving it !!!

I read about Gorilla glueÂs expansion factor

right b4 I was just about to use it !!!

Had already opened the bottle then

thought to read about it 1st.

Ayyayay,

my little project could have been ruined or too difficult to fix

and I probably would have been discouraged n given it up altogether.

Luckily, i did find a box of grey thinset on my "future projects" shelf

and mosaiced the top-and-bottom parts of the (12x13.5")frame so far.

NowÂm sanding the edges of the remaining shards w/ a rock.

Tried sandpaper first but it shredded itself pretty quickly.

I do like the color grey of the thinset better when itÂs wet than when dry.

No camera, but will try to scan whenever the thinset dries

Will that be by tonight or tomorrow? :)

k

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texaswild

Boy, do you like to tease us or WHAT. Can't wait to seeeeeeeee. Huuuuuuuuuuuuuury.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 1:46PM
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texasfern

Yup, what Slow said, hurry up!
It sounds great!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 4:17PM
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daisyme

If we can't wait, bet you can't either!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 5:25PM
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Louisiana_greetings

sure glad you didn't use the gorilla glue, i want to see too.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 5:37PM
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texaswild

Yeah, once was enough for me on that Gorilla glue.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 6:52PM
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katkerri

You all are so much faster than me!!
I can't remember how to post an image to the forum.
Where to click?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 10:43AM
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katkerri

Sort of glumpy, but hope grouting will make it look smoother.
I found some tan-colored grout, do you think that will work w/ these colors.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 11:38AM
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Louisiana_greetings

i really like those colors, is that tile or broken plates? i think tan or gray would look good
bonnie

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 12:16PM
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katkerri

Hi Bonnie, yes it was a broken flowerpot
from Oaxaca, Mexico. Smashed and sanded
into little pieces.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 12:34PM
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cindiloo

Oooo, that's pretty pottery! Looks good on that frame. I like the dark gray color of that thinset for grout. I think a tan color might make you lose the tan color in your pottery, imho.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 1:58PM
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texasfern

What beautiful pottery! That gray sounds good.
Just a tip, keep your grout lines small. Just makes a richer looking piece in my opinion.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 4:15PM
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texaswild

Very pretty, KAT. You've done a beautiful job of laying the tiles. The background looks so good it appears to have been grouted already, so charcoal or grey w/be better IMO. Remember, you don't have to "color between the lines" on these frames. Some of the most beautiful ones I've see, go waaaaay outside the frame, and into the center. Whatcha gonna put in this little beauty?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 8:33AM
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Calamity_J

Gorgeous already, and the grout color will make it POP!!!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 10:50AM
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mermaidmosaics

Kat, it's looking very pretty, can't wait to see if finished, i agree dark gray grout and wow it will POP!! Great. job, isn't this fun??

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 9:40PM
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katkerri

~many thanks for kind encouragement from everyone ~
yes iÂm getting some charcoal grey
grout my dd sychronistically found in her garage today,
so weÂre pretty sure the mosaic fairies are helping.
today i mosaiced the outer sides of the frame, with just a few tiles leftover.
applying cowry shells to inner edges of frame w/ thinset.
thinking of adding beads/tiny shells to wider grout lines
when grouting?
iÂm hoping to find a mirror to fit into the frame somewhere in this house.
yes, best fun! blessings, kat

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 2:06AM
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texaswild

WOW - There's that word again, but I can't think of another one for a first mosaic project. You should have seen my first piece! AWFUL. Your mirror frame is absolutely beautiful. Anxious to see it grouted. Just a note about adding smaller things as you grout. IF you want them sitting IN the grout, it w/be a good idea to make an indention in your damp grout to put them in w/glue later. If not, your grout, unless you add glue to it, might not hold them as w/your thinset.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 6:59AM
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Calamity_J

This is a great first project! And I am blown away by your sanding efforts!!! I bought a sanding stone from a flooring shop, plus I have a rock tumbler that Slow sent me from harbor frieght, so much cheaper costing than here in Canada, and I love using that puppy!!! Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done...now you'll be hooked!heh heh!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 11:04AM
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daisyme

I can't believe this is your first project. What a wonderful job you've done. You had some really great tile to work with, didn't you? It's just turning out so great! It'll be fun to look back and know this was your "first" project and it turned out sooooooo wonderfully!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2008 at 11:57PM
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trancegemini_wa

oh this is lovely! and how gorgeous are those pottery pieces. I cant wait to see this finished, well done!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 10:12AM
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crackpotannie

Beautiful job,I have never sanded edge of plates or tile,really gives it a different look,looks wonderful hard to believe your new to this.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 11:10AM
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scootsmom

I love this! Such pretty tiles too. You did fantastic on your first project, but I oughta warn you, it WILL NOT be your last. I bet you are hooked now. I wish I had some mosaic fairies!

Allyson

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 7:26PM
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lovemosaics

Your gorilla glue project turned out so much better than mine did! I tried that stuff too.....NEVER AGAIN! mine went in the trash. Sure would've been a shame to lose those
pretty tiles.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2008 at 1:32AM
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theeggshelllady

This is beautiful! I like the way the sanded edges of the tiles look - very professional!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 2:11PM
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daisyme

This is just one of my FAVORITE projects. I love the tile you used and it's turning out so wonderfully. Did you file each piece by hand or use a sander? I like the look too!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 4:21PM
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flagtruck

BEAUTIFUL you should be proud. This is a great start if this is truly your first project. I love the tiles or shards from the flowerpot. You did a beautiful job placing them. Great Job

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 4:25PM
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