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Front Fountain Beginnings

Posted by slowmedown (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 14, 09 at 18:07

This might be difficult to picture at this stage, but I've made a start on a fountain for my swing patio area. For those who can't quite understand this process, I hope this w/be sorta a tutorial. I've cut a half circle about 70" wide, and oh, probably about 34" deep at the outer middle point for the floor of the bowl that w/hold the water. Laid duct tape all around the outer edges, the cut into that edge up to the end of the duct tape (2")Then I turned those cut pieces upward to allow for stitches all around. Then I'm cutting pieces 16" tall to form around that edge to make the sides of the bowl. I'll fold/curve the top of of it outward about three/four inches to make a nice decorative smooth lip. I w/make three layers of this mesh for the bowl to ensure a good solid concrete bowl that w/hold water. This fountain was inspired by one I saw at a home/garden show in the spring, but I'm too stingy to pay $1000 for it, so w/make my own. It won't be as pretty as the inspiration fountain, but it'll please me juuuuuuuust fine.
Fountain WIP


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The Good Lord is in his Heaven when Slow is a mo-in!
Its gonna be awesome!


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Wow, Slow, this is going to be huge! I need a couple of things explained to me....(1) what do you make the 'stitches' with...I'm guessing wire???, and (2) how do you put the concrete onto the mesh...here, I'm guessing that you smoosh it on with your hands???

Can't wait to see the progression on this! I'm sure it will be beautiful, like all of your pieces.

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LOL, WACKY - you're so cute. Yes, GC - I'm using 17-guage wire I found in the fencing dept. at Lowes (really should be 19-guage). To make your "needle", cut a piece about five or six inches long, w/lineman pliers put a crook about 1 1/2" on the end to push through the two layers to catch a "stitch", pull back through w/the lineman's pliers, twist and clip closely to the mesh. W/rubber-palmed gloves I smoosh the mortar between the two layers of mesh.


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Slow, the stuff you make is simply unbelievable! I wish I could see it in person.


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I love to watch your big projects develope. I have been wondering if plastic zip ties could take the place of wire stitches.


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On some projects, ART, you wouldn't be able to feed and pull them back through unless your hand was on the other side of the place you're trying to stitch. Wire stitches can be applied w/o your other hand feeding tham back through. Thanks, CHARMO.


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Way to go Slow, this is gonna be awesome..as usual!!!heh heh!


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Slow, you make me tired!! I'm watching this post very, very closely to see how the whole process is done. Thanks so much for sharing your WIPs with all of us!!


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It's going to be huge, you will need a fence around it to keep the kids from falling in. LOL This makes my column look like child's play. I am sending after more mortar today so I can finish and get ready for tess. I have been breaking up broken terracotta pots etc to use on my column. Hopefully I will have enough by the time I am ready to mosaic it. Slow, have you decided to mosaic this new fountain or do it the dk brown color like the inspiration one?


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Taking a break. Was waiting on my friend Tracy to bring me more mesh, but he had problems w/his dog - vet putting her down today. He's asked me to make her a grave marker, so I'll have to take a break and make that from the mesh/mortar/mosaic, cuz he's burying her on his property. Soooooo sad. Anyway, where was I - went to Lowes, got more mesh, can't wait on him forEVER, and am working on the remainder of the bowl. Yeah, CHINA - I'm talking to myself, wondering if I've bitten off too big a bite, but onward I plunge. FLAG - plans are to build a wall around it for the street side. Since this is a wall-type fountain w/flat back, I can't have it just hanging out there in space. I'll have a wall similar in shape, and w/mosaic the street side, but w/stain the fountain terra cotta. This project is gonna take awhile to complete. I'm not gonna rush it. When I was out on the road to Lowes at 11ish, it was already 93. I could turn on the a/c in the garage, but don't like to close the door - claustrophobic w/all the c r a _ in there.


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Thanks for thinking of a tutorial on this project, Slow. I file a lot of this info away and hope someday to actually DO something with it. I love the idea of a fountain and will be checking in regularly to see what special piece it becomes.


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OMG! Slow are you secretly the Energizer Bunny? I've never seen ANYONE with more energy than you have....I'm tired and all I've done is LOOK at all of your beautiful projects. They really are awesome. I had to pass my laptop around my living room for my hubby and daughter to see and they both had the same expression....mouth dropped open and a unanimous WOWWWWW! I too have learned a LOT from your postings. Please don't ever stop! We love it! I can't wait to see this finished too.

Addiesue


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Slow, I was a little surprised when I read that you were starting a fountain so soon after finishing your surround. But I am already hooked and committed to following this project also. I know you haven't got far, but sure would like to see starting pix.

Kat


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LOL - y'all continue to make me smile. I got the whole bowl fenced, three layers cut and placed in the floor of it, and one width of lath in on the fence. W/take pictures this afternoon. My friend and part time handyman Tracy and I'll be working on his marker for his dog's grave today also. Pics to follow tonight. Y'all sure know how to cheer one on to work faster.


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Oh goody, somebody pass the popcorn!


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You are sooo good to your friends!!! A SUPER DearHeart!!!


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I bow, CALAM. NT - this w/take lots of popcorn. Trace didn't have time, so I got to work on this monstrosity most of the day. Had to quit cuz I'm expecting a guest any minute. Got the three layers on and stitched - a gazillion stitches. Tomorrow I'll bend/fold down the top to form a lip, then I'm supposing I'll build an inner wall to give the lip some depth. Making this up as I go along.
Basin layered


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WOW! I'm gonna enter you in some arm wrestling competitions!!! Your gonna be buff, wrestling this stuff like ya do!!!ha! You got me all excited to start my Throne now!!!!


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Oh Slow U just never slowdown do U??? I still think we need to give you another name. Slow just doesn't fit!!! LOL!!! NeedforSPEED!!!! fits better I'm struggling along on my birdbath. SLOW is what you can call me these days!!!!! I sure hope this neck thing heals soon!!!! Really putting a damper on my summer!!!


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Yeah, CALAM - it is tough to handle, but I am obsessed. CATHY: Can't slow down - too much to do and my time is running out. Too tired to read the rest of the forum. Yard man is due any minute to assess the area where I want a concret slab laid for the basis to sit on and be level. It'll be just a bit smaller so it won't show.
Basin lathing finished>/a>


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Wow, Slow, this is going to be amazing!! I will have fun watching you work on it!


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Yeah, SHRTY: I'm hoping it won't be one of those failure thingys. Starting on the second section today, and the yardman is laying in a concrete base for it this morning.


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This thing is deep enough for goldfish. You putting any in?


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Mosaic goldfish!!! LOL


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Like I need something else to feed, and worry about when I want to take a trip - NOT. Toby is enough. Got one of two niches that w/hold candles made that w/be inserted in the second section (top section w/have one), and can't for the life of me figure out how to make the bowls for the water exit that w/be attached to the wall underneath the niches. Waaaaaaaaah. I simply can't figure out how to make a half bowl. Gotta go worry w/another try - one is in the trash followed by a whole string of bad words!!!!!!!!


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Remember Rianna put my leaf over a bucket and a hammer and made a bowl in it. Couldn't you do it over something smaller than a bucket? Then take some needle nose and make your little spigot for the water to fall from.
Want me to come help?


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I figured it out, and got one made. I HAVE to keep reminding myself that this is "handmade", and not gonna be perfect like the inspiration piece, which is cast fiber mesh reenforced concreted, professional piece. Thanks for your offer, but I think I can proceed tomorrow w/a clearer picture.


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Got the niches and water bowl spouts made. The front right shows the bowl on the left of the niche that w/hold a candle. The paper is half the pattern for the second section where two of the niches and all three of the bowls w/be. The top section w/hold one niche. I'll attempt to cut the front piece and TRY to get these placed evenly tomorrow. This isn't like sewing a dress or quilt pattern together - narry one is the same size/shape as the other, and the seams don't match!!!, but hey, it's handmade by an amateur!!!
Niches and water bowls


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Amateur my b-hind!!!!! Yur a Pro Slow!!!!! It's gonna be great!!! Just hurry please (LOL) I just love seeing the progress!!!!


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You know, Slow, you were right on with your name and the "SLOW ME DOWN"!! But I don't think you really want to be slowed, do you? LOL

I just briefly looked at the forum, and saw your name by one and a fountain, and I thought oh, it's the gorgeous Slow wall, and then realized. oh my.. it's ANOTHER project by the the QUEEN!!

Keep em coming.


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**Smiling** here - y'all make me want to work faster. I'm telling y'all, I'm talking to myself all day - frustrated to pieces, saying to self "whatever possessed me to think I could make something like this? - I must be CRAZY" Here's the facing of the second section - not finished yet. I dread trying to make the connection from front to back around those two curves, so tomorrow w/be interesting. Needs a lot of neatening up, but that's later.
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every time i look at what you have accomplished i am totally amazed. i live in a townhouse complex with a teeny tiny patio so i cant even imagine what its like to have the space to create like you do. it is of course probably good that i dont have the space because i also dont have the energy or the talent to do what you do. but, on this forum, i can live vicariously through you and dream...


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Just look at you go...amazing and looking great. Don't get ahead of yourself and forget to put a hole and hose thru before you crete. I will be waiting and not take another breath until you show us tomorrow. I am still breaking tile and experimenting with making a cradle for my column so I can lay it down for tess.


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FLAG: Tracy said to build it and he'll put all the plumbing in after it's finished. Remember - there'll be a small wall on the street side, so all the plumbing works in back and w/be hidden, but accessable from behind. KRAFTY. If I were confined to an apt., I'd have a container garden on that teensy terrace and definitely a small bubbler. You can make a water feature out of most anything you desire. Get crackin', girlie - THINK and DO.


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Oh My Lord! What I have missed!
Hanging on for the next phase!


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Y'all - THIS WAS HARD, but I got the second layer on this second section. Phew - I'm beat.
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Betty!!! I don't even know what to say...You're a Maniac!!!(Meant that in a Very Good Way, Bless Your Lil ol' Heart!!!ha!)Will you be coating it in your shop or moving it to the yard first? You must really have a feel for the cement/mortar mix by now with everything your doing!!! I noticed on Rianna's site under students...YOU are her main Protege!!! And I just downloaded a pic off the Hacienda Mosaico site of You, Me, and Klinger that I really love, we are eating at one of those gorgeous tables she had. It's my all time fav pic of you!!!


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CALAM: I can hardly hold my coffee cup this morn - rainy weather and the Big A attack - hope I can cut the mesh today. I tell you, there was one time yesterday that I said a real bad word and thought "this is my last big project". Yeah, right - that's what I said about the wall, huh. I'll mortar on site. They'd be too heavy to move. I have to enlarge the back of the basin for the second section to sit upon. I'll probably turn it on it's back then mortar the bottom b/f setting it on the slab to finish. I'll put down rebar in back, then wrap the enlargement around the rebar. Yeah, I saw Riana's pictures. She is still having problems w/her webmaster, so stay tuned for more changes. I, too, love those pictures of our first year in PV. I didn't take pics that year. I'm counting the months to get back there.


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Slow this is gonna be fantastico!!!! I sure wish I could go to PV!!!! Maybe next year my sister and I could come. She just recently got hooked on mosaics and we both love Mexico. We'll have to start pondering this. I'm gonna call her right now and put a bug in her ear!!! What's that site again please???


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Oh, how exciting to know there's a possibility of another forum member meeting up in PV. Believe me, you won't be disappointed. If I had time, I'd go twice a year. You w/go home so inspired w/so many ideas, you'll go back again and again. Here's the site.
Hacienda Mosaico


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Thanks Slow!!!


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Still needs lots of stitching and straightening w/the hammer. Not sure I can add enough layers of mortar to cover the world of sins on this one. It's pretty crude, but IT'S HANDMADE by an old lady. What can I say? Oh, I'm thinking of some round dillybobs to add to the platforms on the sides of the top section, and maybe the second second section.
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Wow Slow this is such a cool creation. You really have embraced Riannas method and are making masterpieces. I can't wait to see what you do with the mosaicing on this.You do work so fast, can't believe your speed girl,
Cindy


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Hi, KLINGER: My original plan was not to mosaic the front, but it'll be reeeeeaaally tempting to do so. Still planning to build a small wall around it for the street side, and that w/be mosaiced. I'm lying awake at night wondering if I should add a couple planters to that wall. I'm telling you, this is very addicting. Riana even said "you've caught the addiction". Ha - waaaaay past catching it - it's raging. I can just see this w/a wall in front w/planters, rocks around etc. Oh to be able to work faster. Got the first layer of mortar on the bottom. WHAT a difference the three layers of mesh make - makes applying the mortar a piece of cake. This was one 60-lb bag. After appling another coat tomorrow, it'll be ready to move to the slab for preps for enlarging the back end to accommodate the top section.
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Oh Slow how you IMPRESS us ALL!!!! You are truly amazing!!! Await each day to see the progress....


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I am so envious that you can make decisions so quickly and move on. I am still hung up on whether to use glass or tile with a whole list of pros and cons tying me down. Your pieces really work.


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If I'd done that the pieces would be bent and dinged. You not only know what you're doing, you have a lot of patience to get things right, the Slow way. It looks beautiful.


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Wow , Slow you are trucking along. So what made you decide to do three layers of mesh? I'm sure it was harder to put it all together, do you think the easier mortaring makes up for it? YOU have inspired me to do a mesh project. I've got a project in the works. Nothing gigantic like yours are though. I really do find it hard on my hands though. And, I do think you should mosaic the front,
Cindy


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Ohhh Slow!!! Looks GREAT!!! You really are motoring along with this!!! I'm still busy with my garden beds...mulching now...but am trying to add garden art to the daily timetable too!!!heh heh! Am planning projects, doing bits and pcs...went to the dollar store with DD(didn't want to push it and go to a thrift store, not her bag...How can she be my kid???Switched a birth I tell ya!!!lol) and found $30 worth of garden art goodness!!!! Sidetracked again!!! Just few more projects....ha!


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ART: Begin, and inspiration comes w/the doing. Whatcha got to lose - one piece that you're not thrilled with? Hey, I have many of those. Each one, though is a learning experience. As I've said many times, fear robs us of so much fun. Get on w/it girlie. Thanks, DAISEY, but if you haven't tried it yet, you don't KNOW what you could do. Try a small project. KLINGER - I asked Riana about possible seepage and leaking, and she advised me on the three layers for the basin. Said her fountains don't leak, and there was no need to seal. As I remember, my concrete birdbath was my neighbors, and when they moved they gave it to me. When they bought it new, it seeped water, but in time, it sealed itself w/algae etc, and holds water just fine. I dreaded the three layers, but as it turned out, it wasn't so difficult once the first was done - then you just follow the original. Re the working w/the mesh, if you wear those rubber-palmed garden gloves (Atlas is the best, and also for smoothing the crete), it is much easier. I think I only got a couple nicks on my arm, but my hands were fine, except for the Big A. Had to hold my cup yesterday morn w/both hands. I'm so glad you're thinking of a mesh project. The possibilities are w/o limit. VERY addictive. I want to make so many things now - garden candleirs, lamp posts, planters - well - the list goes on. Now that my structure is done, I'm taking a rest day and working on cinder blocks.


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GOOD GAWD GERTIE! Leave you alone for a day or two and look at what you get into. I think you have done a fab job. The way you are going it will be finished by the weekend..LOL


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Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!! I can just see this now!! It's going to be incredible!! so do you have neighbors looking out the window, or stopping by to watch your progress?? That looks so incredibly sturdy!!

I just found another place that Riana will be teach at. The Fernery- modeled after Haciendo . The gals name is Barb, not sure the last but maybe you met her in PV. They open in the in the fall. I almost shouted when I heard Riana would be there, and they have some other great courses. Pierson , Florida north of orlando, west of Daytona Beach

Here is a link that might be useful: Another art studio/vacation spot


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Oh, yes, MER: Think I've met the famous BARB. The first workshop w/Riana, I was going 'round the group commenting on their work, and when I came to "BARB", out of my Southern mouth pops "You l'il heifer, that's beautiful". Well, the fight was on w/Ms. Barb and Slow. KLINGER and CALAM w/remember this. Needless to say, margaritas put my mouth in second gear - it stays in gear all the time, and we went round and round. I DID NOT CALL HER A COW. I ended up trying to make peace b/f the end of the workshop. Oh, yes, I know Ms. BARB well. This past trip, I let loose w/the same expression of "you l'il heifer". WELL - that started a discussion about a former participant that related the story, and believe me it WASN'T like it happened. Think I better not go any further here. This should be on the discussion side. Oh, yes, I know Ms. BARB well. Have a wonderful time, if you choose to sign up for a workshop there, but believe me - it won't be like one in PV. You just can't make Florida look like Mexico. Wherever you can take a Riana workshop w/be wonderful - even if it is outside in a tent in the middle of Africa.


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I'm definitely looking into that workshop! Even if there will be "heifers" there!! Just kidding. It's just about a 4 hour drive for me - maybe mzclassic will go also!


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Oh Noooooooo SLooooooowww. maybe I don't want to take a class there. I remember your comment awhile back about a problem with calling someone a heiffer... Sheesh.. And I just mentioned that i knew some other folks from GW that went to Mosaico when I emailed her. Thank goodness I didn't say SLOW!!!

And yep I know , i think i would love to to to PV. I had a very bad experience in Cozumel but a great time in Cabo. And I just love the pix of the place (saw you gals at a table) and the artist concept.

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Oh, noooooooooo, MER, please don't let my comments put a damper on your desire to go to the Fernery. Like I say - Riana's workshop is what it's all about, and from the pictures, the Fernery w/be a wonderful place to visit. CHINA and MZ - great that y'all are close enough to go. Just don't say that horrible word that starts w/an "h". It's an expression so often used in the south (or maybe I should say TX) when we like someone or something - things positive - NEVER negative. I use it almost as much as I use the word "darlin'", and that's a LOT. Barb makes beads also, so check out her website "Barbara's Beads". Believe me, though, you w/LOVE PV. The town is so filled w/art - especially along the beach, and it's such an easy place in which to get around - taxis everywhere, and the food - oh - I could write a book about that subject. You can't find a bad meal anywhere, and sitting under a thatched umbrella on the beach in front of the Casa Corozon, listening to live music, eating fabulous food, drinking 'ritas, buying jewelry and sweet meats from the beach merchants - well, I can't tell you how wonderful it is - you just have to experience it.


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Second coat on the bottom, and first coat on the inside bottom. I learned a lot about applying mortar to dry mortar. I spritzed the dry first, but when I started to apply a very wet mortar, it wasn't sticking, so ended up pouring water from the spritzer over the area to which I was about to apply a handfull of mortar. That worked beautifully. Didn't take as much the second coat, so I had enough of the 60-lb bag to give the bottom of the inside it's first layer. All that w/my rear end in the air for the neighbors viewing.
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OH SLOW You crack me up!! I have a feeling seeing you w/yur REAR END in the air ain't nothin new for your neighbors!!!!! Heck they've seen you stand on your head!!!!LOL!!!! They probably just see you and say "That carzy heifer's at it again!!!!! LOL!!!! sure wish someone would go over there and get us a pic of this sight!!!! (The rear end while in progress!!!!!) LOL!!!!!!!!!!!


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Cathy= I posted one of her in that postition when she was working on the first fountain surround, check my Flickr album. She for sure won't speak to me if I sneek over there again and post another one. If you guys want to see this time, come on down to Texas. She will put us all to work.


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FLAG: I would give my, something (not sure what I can spare at this stage of the game) but I would LOVE to come and see yours and Slow's places!!!! Lordy I have no doubt I would be sooooooooo jealous of you both!!!LOL!!!!
But believe you me if I ever do get back to that necks of the woods I will WITHOUT A DOUBT be by to see you both!!!! May not want me but I will come a callin....You both are so encouraging and inspiring and you work is so AMAZING and I would soooo LOVE to see it in person!!!! I'm working on a plan to PV!!!!! I love MEXICO and it all sounds sooo FUN!!!! And I sooo want to learn all I can!! I thrive on knowledge, I can't get enough and I know I would learn so much and I dearly love MEXICAN food, the hotter the better and RITAS YEEHAW!!!!! I had a Mexican nanny growing up and she was the best cook ever and I so loved her!!! I kept in tough with her until her death a couple of years ago. She was my other Granny!!! My Granny used to tease me and say i loved her more because she was a better cook!!!! My whole family loved her!!!! Anyway I will check you pics out. I just know all SLOW's neighbors probably thinks she lost it!! LOL!!!SLOW: I am just teasing don't get Mad @ me!!!! I would dearly LOVE to have you as a neighbor!!! But for what it's worth my kids, (and friends) think I'm a little crazy so we'd get along just fine!!!! LOL!!!! later, Cathy


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Ha, FLAG - wild horses couldn't drag you away from that column, so I'm not worried that you'll show up here for awhile. CATHY: I'm sure hoping you make it to PV. You'll never be the same afterwards. My first trip in 2007 changed my life. It opened up so many new ideas I'm still inspired. Can't wait to get back there every year. You won't regret it.


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Basin almost finished - plumbing going in tomorrow. Rim is still bumpy - need to smooth it out w/another coat of mortar. Also a picture of the finials I found at HobLob that I plan to put on the top section.

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I think those finials are just meant to be on that. I kinda like them the color they are, Isn't that about the color you were going to stain the front? What did you and Juan work on today? The basin?


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wow, you are like a fabrication factory! this is AWESOME!


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Amazing how fast you work...just putting me to shame!!! Love those finials!!! I'm Sure, you're gonna bling them out too!!!


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You've made great progress!!I love those finials, too!!


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Girl you are somthing else!!!!


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FLAG - EXACTLY the color I planned for the fountain. I plan to give the resin finials a couple coats of mortar and then hope to attain the same color again. Resin breaks down outside, so they have to be coated. Juan and I put three bags of mortar on the basin. Y'all - the hardest part of this technique for me is cutting the mesh. It's really not difficult to do - y'all can do it too.


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SLOW been worrin bout you girl...Haven't heard from U since Sun. Are you OK???? Was just wonderin you sick?, tired? sick and tired or just like keepin us hangin?? LOL!!! Hope all is well....Csthy


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Raining. Took Sunday off, and it's been raining ever since - off/on, so don't want to take a chance on mixing up 60 lbs. and have to quit. Thanks for remembering/caring about me, darlin'. While chompin at the bits, I can't be still, so have been mosaicing the other three sides of all those cinder blocks I had standing by the fountain b/f the wall. Still have three to go, and w/have to spend 3/4 of a day to grout them all. TONS going on around here. Just had to start another project today too.


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OH SO GLAD to hear all is well with you. Rainin here too!!! Darn near the whole danged month of July!! I'm gettin pretty tired of it. Hopefully August will be better for ALL!!!! I'm starting grouting on my Nature piece today and starting another for something to do while grout dires. Anxiously awaiting the rain to stop so I get my SLOW Fountian fix!!!!!


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Slow you are my idol..

I've got a question. is the mesh you are getting easier to work with than hardware cloth// or is is about the same. i am having a tough time with the hardware cloth just making a stupid bowling ball stand. i can't even imagine what you are doing!!!

It's looking fantastic. Go away Texas rain and awful humidity. We want the Texarkana girls to work their magic.


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MER: I've used hardware cloth, and it IS a little easier to cut, but not enough for me to use it exclusively. I used some of it on the grotto project. You have to be careful to line up the second layer so the holes don't match so that the crete w/hold. The Atlas garden gloves help a lot too. You can't use either of these wires effectively w/o gloves. Stay w/it, and show us some pics.


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Ready to mortar the top. Filled to 7" of water this morning. One teensy leak - has lost 1/4" since early morn. Tracy w/put the drain in tomorrow morn., and I'll drain and crete the corner where the leak is. I'm really encouraged that there's only one small leak. GEESH, this thing is big. Gonna need some tall plants/shrubs to disguise it's size a bit. Banana tree needs thinning, so there's one. Problem is - they'll have to be in large containers cuz of the huge tree roots - impossible to plant that area.
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Oh Slow!!! I just can't stand how awesome this is!! lol! I'm just gonna pack up all my stuff and ship it to you! I just am struggling with a silly throne...no fountain masterpc, and I just am not in the same gear as you! Humbled...but I'll plod along!!! Where's that Rocky Theme music mentioned a while ago....


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You l'il heifer! When that throne is finished, you're gonna stand back and admire it. No, wait - you'll sit in it and order Richard to get busier. You have to make a scepter on the order of the one Sam made, and a crown to wear. I can just see you in it now, waving the scepter, and Richard bowing. It's gonna be stupendous.


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WaaHoo! That's some Texas sized beautiful fountain you're building there, Slow. I had to check in here just to see your progress again. It's great! Are you still sure you're not mosaicing the WHOLE thing?


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Funny you should say that, DAISY: I applied one bag of mortar on it today, after adding a sheet in back to cover the rebar that was put in yesterday. I found a major flaw - HA - there are so danged many flaws, I think I've decided to mo the whole danged thing. Gotta order some spanish tiles, though. Decisions. I labored today over whether to add planters/shelves to the back of it, and finally decided not to. Tomorrow morning w/find me ordering some tiles that w/give it sorta a Spanish feel. Wish I knew what I was doing here. I DO have 1500 lbs. of rocks I bought last week to help w/landscaping afterwards. It's 95 degrees today, and I quit work about an hr. ago.


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I hear ya Slow, I am worried about the height of the back part of my chair,(especially with that heavy glass ashtray) will need to figure out a reinforcment plan, but the parts I've wired and mortared yesterday are feeling pretty solid.


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Wasn't going to give an updated picture, but because I'm in contact w/a guy who has Mexican tiles, I took the two pictures just now to send him. You might want to use rebar. I use rebar to stabilize the large structures. I'm cleaning house today - Shea is coming Friday, so am in withdrawals.
http://s124.photobucket.com/albums/p29/Slomedown/My Queendom/


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Punched the wrong button. Here you go: BTW - notice Photobucket is acting weird - the pictures don't show up in front of the lind. Their changes are irritating me lately.
Fountain update.


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Oh Slow is lookin good!!! Very Majestic and Regal!! I think you may have to whip you up a THRONE chair to sit in by your fountain!!! LOL!!!!


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I think you should just mosaic the back or street side, Then plants etc. Looking good. I really like it.


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Your reinforcment looks good and sturdy! You're doing great Slow! This will be coveted by us all till we make our own!!!ha! The Haciendo wall fountain has always been on the back burner...well, a smaller version...that's why I love your fountain surround too!!! The fish you did are so wonderful!!!


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Got the first coat of mortar on the top part. Needs another coat, then hopefully on the third coat, I can smooth out some of the warts (exposed stitches!!!!!) NOTHING on this fountain is straight or uniform. Totally wacky, but .......what can I say except - it's handmade by an old lady who should know better than to try something this hard. BTW - the reason the Jeep is always out there is, I can't lift the 60-lb bags of mortar, so I keep them in the Jeep, and sorta tug and roll them into the wheelbarrow.
Second phase mortared first coat


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Must've done something wrong. Just go to the last post, and open the link. Sorry.


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I was lucky enough to see this piece of art in person today and the pictures don't do it justice. It is huge and so original. Taller than I am that's for sure, but the basin is great amd the rest of it is to die for. Slow has done a wonderful job on this so far. She is a genius and brave to tackle such a large project. She is definitely the Queen of lath and crete!I wish all of you could see this thing of beauty.


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OMG!!! You have created a wonderous fountain...a real Slow Original!!! Way to go! And so cheap compared to buying a premade one! I don't even like premade stuff anymore...unless I wanna mosaic it!lol! Our stuff is WAY more original and unique! So what's next? Any mosaics on this? Did I hear terra cotta grout. N.I.C.E.!!!


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On the downhill stretch. I'm thinking I can get away w/o mosaicing it. Need to crete the back stand that w/cover the plumbing, if Tracy w/E.V.E.R. get it done, and need to put one more coat of Mapei mortar on the finials, attach and color. W/need to crete around the plumbing pvc, the drain and electrical outlet, so there's still lots of little things to do. Still need to tweak the color of the whole thing a bit, but am almost there. Yes, the top box tilts to the right, and the arc isn't perfect, but guess that's my signature. I might be able to add a bit of mortar to the flat part on top of the box under where the finial w/go to disguise the tilt a bit. If not, w/have to live w/it. I'm still consoling myself that it's handmade by an old lady who shouldn't have tried to make something so hard. **sigh**
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Photo bucket does not want to work...go to Slow's post on aug 5th wed, and you will see this!!! W.O.W.!!!! I'm speechless! Gorgeous! Way To Go!!!! This will be so awesome up and running! With candles and trickling water!!! WOW!!!


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I know you are proud of yourself! That was a lot of staining but won't have to be mosaiced. I could not resist at lease putting mirror tiles in the niches and talavera and solid across the basin. If I know you something will probably happen on it. You will dream about it tonight. Bravo to you for sticking with this huge project and getting it finished so quickly. I think this one went quicker that the fountain wall didn't it?


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WOW... I can't believe I'm about to say this... that doesn't need mosaiking. there I said it. that is such an inspiration - amazing! applauding you for such an undertaking Slow, sometime I wonder if there is anything you can't do! take a bow


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Slow, it's abosolutely Slownificient!!! You should be so so proud . You woulda paid several thousand $$ and more to get this work created and it wouldn't have been satifying like creating it yourself!!

there is a little mouse here a bit worried about the fountain in the front yard and safety for kids. Course I'm in Florida and we can't even have a diving board and any swimming pool has to be behind latched gates. If it was in your backyard I wouldn't think it would be a problem, and maybe i am really being ridicilous but you know how people are so sue happy these days. Just wondering it you have a way to close off the area I just wouldn't want you to get in trouble. Just tell me to shut up , hope you don't mind

You GO SLOW, I'm so jealous, can you hire yourself out to come to all of our houses...


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I just had to check in on this fountain before I left for most of the next two weeks. I LOVE the color! You have an amazing eye for design, girl....from concept to carrythough. I'll check back as I can next week as we run through. Lookin' great, Slow!


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Well noe Slow, I had to pipe in with a little funny. Was looking at your latest update and you have done an awesome job. It's plain to see why so many of us covet your projects. Now this is what I got to thinking as I was looking over your update,,,,,,, What a wonderful little spa you have here,,,,, lol Dang this thing is so big, I thot, Slow can get her glass of wine, add a little music and relax in her spa after a long day of mosaicing. That's what I get for thinking huh?? lol

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Have I told y'all lately how you make me smile? FLAG and NT: I'm not tempted in the least to put any tess on this one. My goal was to have it plain, and I've achieved what I'd hoped (almost). The flaws make me unhappy, but I'm satisfied enough that I won't be trying to find a demolition crew to take it out. MER - thanks for your concern, but there are no children in my neighborhood. I live on a very quiet little circle in a neighborhood of elderly/retired people - never see children. Not worried, w/only seven inches of water. DAISEY - going again - do you ever stay at home??? KAT - that's what my DD says, but I seldom sit in the swing - only when I need a rest while gardening, and when she comes to town, we sit there briefly. I sit on my back patio at night in pjs w/that cocktail, listening to the little fountain and my country music. Thanks, ya'll. Oh, BTW - I credit NT's tip for success in smoothing on the last layer of crete. I used a paint brush to apply the slurry. Thanks for that one, NT. FLAG is coming tomorrow to help me w/landscaping ideas. I don't know where to start.


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Slow, that is absolutely stunning!!! You do have an amazing eye for style and design. I'll keep watching to see if you can outdo this one!


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SLOW: This is just too DAWG GONE AWEOSME!!!!!!!!!!! Love the color....JUST AWESOME!!! I sooo wish I could see it in person!!!


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Slow, how many of your neighbors stop by to watch you do this masterpiece?
It really amazes me and I think it's time to be offering workshops at your house, and maybe doing a joint one with Riana in PV!! You could get $$ for more huge projects!!

Did you get that tile from Mexico yet?? Can we see what it looks like?

You go gall, I really admire you. Whatcha up to next??


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Well, I'm SURE it's great, but the Photobucket site is down!!
Can't wait to see it Slow!


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Well looky looky - one month to the day to finish this monstrosity. I'm sorta proud of it - warts, crooked, wonky and all. Tracy is to hook up the pump today and we'll give it a run. He still has to run the electric line out there, but things are set in order on that, so it'll be a simple matter. FLAG was a huge help in deciding where to put potted plants. Waiting on Juan to remove grass, place large rocks and pots and dig up a portion of the banana tree. Then to go buy Pampas grass. MER: My goal was not to tile, but while making it I thought I'd have to mosaic it to disguise all the warts, but I got the finish close enough to reach my goal. Neighbors don't watch, openly anyway, and I'm not interested in giving workshops. Thanks anyway. The photos are in the fourth row. I can't even take a straight picture - it really doesn't lean in back that bad. Oh, NT - to answer your question "Is there anything I can't do?" YES - make a project w/o some crookedness or off center element. I just can't do it, no matter how I try.
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That's a great picture and I like the rocks around it. Now it looks like a true mission fountain. I like the way you finished the back also. Bravo, you did it and a beautiful job you did.
I hope the nest picture we see is with candles burning and water running.


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BEAUTIFUL!!! Well Done!! Make yourself a big margarita and ENJOY!!!!


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Oh Slow, what can I say... you out do yourself every time...it's really lovely!!!!


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oh no no... you can't have imperfections and crookedness as your signature style - CAUSE ITS MINE! it doesn't matter how hard I try, I am straight challenged.

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Yes girl you did good !!! I wish I had your spunk .I can do almost any thing just not shure I would want to try that one .You are so good!!!


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Oh Slow! You are my hero. Having grown up in San Antonio with all of the missions, this could so easily be one of the originals. Just beautiful. One thing I've learned is that we all see our warts so much more than anyone else does. Not drinking Margaritas quite yet today, but I raise my glass to you. Enjoy your weekend!
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How humbling your comments are, and I bow in thanks. I'm off to a little street fair in the fair city of New Boston, home of FLAG, this morn., but w/take a picture of the plantings this evening. Juan, Ismael and I moved pots, plants and rocks last evening, and it looks beautiful in back. Not finished, but the decorating has begun. Many, many thanks, y'all. I enjoyed this one a lot.


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DAY-UM!!!!!
Totally blown away by this Slow!!
Triple holy dawg snot!!
Gobsmacked!!


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unfrickingbelievable!!!!!! i think of your place as the disneyland for wannabe mosaic artists. you have no idea how many times i have shown your pictures to friends or people that are looking to get inspired and want to learn to do mosaics or have something done. because of you i have 2 friends looking to mosaic their patios and steps and haunting tile shops and hardware stores for stuff to glue down...you do wonderful amazing work and so fast i cant keep up......again.. my hats off to you...all hail the queen


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I would love to visit your Queendom! As I have said so many times before, you have given me such inspiration! Gotta get busy... time is running out! So many projects, so little time.


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Y'all beat all w/your generous comments - makes me bow my head in thanks. Wish y'all could all visit. Started the plantings. Hope to fill the whole bed space in front of the pots w/Hostas - put about five in the ground today. Stuck some ferns behind both sides of the middle fern pot, and a twig from FLAG's Red Dragon plant that I rooted. The two empty pots w/hold a piece of FLAG's Striped Grass and Black Elephant Ear. The earth is so root bound, I don't want to disturb the tree roots any more than necessary, thus the pot garden. The fountain looks more at home donchy'all think? Hopefully, the next picture w/be w/water - no sign of Tracy yet.
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WOW! It already looks like it's been there forever!!! It fits right in!!! I Feel like a SLUG now!!!! argggg!!!


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Gotta move those pots around - they are like soldiers in a row. Off on a junkin' trip to Gladewater today w/Becky, and tomorrow w/find me on my knees pulling weeds. They are about to take over the flowerbeds, so it'll take me about two weeks to get the gardens back in shape.


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Slow, wow that sure turned out nice , it really looks wonderful and with the water it'll be a real attraction. What did you use for your stain? Did you bother sealing it?
My gardens are all in ned of attentin too. I want to start saving some seeds and cleaning them up a bit,
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So so beautiful SLOW!!! Love the landscping you and Flag did. What a gorgeous flountain. I bet the neighbors love it!!! They be taking walks just to come and sit by your fountain. You should be proud of a job well done girl!!!!


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I have not checked thi thread on purpose for a while so I could be wow-ed, and daggone it I sure am!
Slow this is exquisite! I am hyperventilating at how absolutely gorgeous it is. And its not even tiled! I just cant say enough about it. excellent excellent work.


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To the QUEEN!! You are simply amazing. Take a bow and give yourself a double margarita , you deserve it.

It does look so old worldly!!!


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Y'all blow me away w/your comments. KLINGER - I haven't sealed it yet, and don't know if I will. Riana said it wasn't necessary, and since I seldom seal anything I'll think on it. Tracy is due this morn to try the pump. Don't know when he'll put in the electric box. Juan w/help me re-arrange the pots a bit this afternoon. I'll be pulling weeds first thing this morn. CATH: I am really proud of this piece, and am sorta amazed that I pulled it off. Seldom see my neighbors - just the one behind the swing - others are probably looking out their windows, but haven't seen them. Yeah, WACKY - soooo glad I don't have to tile this one - that wasn't in the original plan. Thanks, MER - NOT A QUEEN, please - old worldly I accept. Many thanks, y'all.


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I can't find the right words..........I am speechless........you are something!


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