grouting practice

katkerriJuly 21, 2008

Mosaicing a small(8x8") step-shelf with thinset

this is the back\- the scanner canÂt see the top on front in one shot. shelf side: my grouting efforts are sloppy and the nippings arenÂt going v well either. front\-top half of the little gems, etc. fell off as soon as i stood it upright on worktable.

then picked-and-sanded glumpy, messy grout.

getting some ge silicone11 glue for doors/windows asap.

bottom front: turning out to be an earring hanger,

shelf top mosaiced w/ clear half marbles and is becoming

a nifty reading glasses shelf.

inner edges of shelf legs mosaiced with clear half marbles.

ge glue would be better for the gems&half-marbs but i do like the way thinset looks with tiles.

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Ohhhhhhhh. That is going to be so great! I can hardly wait to see!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 10:09PM
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You may be having trouble, but it is gorgeous! I love the colors and all the media you are using!
Just take your time with the grouting.
I can feel very "under the gun" when I am grouting.
I have learned to make small batches and take my time, cleaning as I go. That seems to work for me.
I think your nipping is fine. This has a wonderful feel to it. Keep up the good work.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2008 at 11:11PM
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Looking good! It's all about learning as you go....

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 2:47AM
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I admire your efforts, girlie. I might suggest you use the Type I Tile Adhesive. It's a ready mix in a little tub from Lowes, for inside projects such as this instead of thinset. It's a great adhesive - sticks immediately. I'm using OmniGrip - a ready mix for exterior from Home Depot right now, and it's great. You're right about the GE II w/hold those half marbles. Just be careful that you have plenty of ventilation when using it. I've heard some sad stories of people who've used it for years.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 9:20AM
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This is REALLY CUTE!!!!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 9:53AM
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