Friday, July 30, 2010

Mosaic Sunshine

This was one of my first mosaic projects...that't right.  I jump in with both feet!  I had this gawd awful table on the patio with a glass top.  In my own defense, it looked great in the store...anyway, after I'd cursed and cleaned that table top  a bajillion times, that's right...a bajillion...I went shopping for a new one.  You might ask..."who goes shopping for a table top at their local sand and stone company?"  By this time I hope you see that as a redundant question.  And, of course, the answer

I found this perfect slab that had a sort of crevasse at one end....that's right...a crevasse.  Aha!  If I do a mosaic on that end, it will be level with the remaining surface....the rock god's have smiled on me today!

Here's what I found out for sure.  That slab is heavy! "Duh!" you might say.  "It's a rock."  Point taken.  Mike estimates it at around 125 pounds.  He should know, he had to help me carry it.  O.K...I helped him carry it.  I took this picture with me when I went to see my chiropracter. He just shook his head...

Then, Russell  from nextdoor helped Mike get it into my "studio",  which has changed alot since then.  If you'd like to check it out,click on this link...

Once I had it in my work space I cut a piece of paper for the pattern to fit within the crevasse, and made my sunshine design.  Then I transfered the design to the slab using carbon paper.  Sadly, I didn't take any pictures between the beginning and the end.  Hey, I was new at it.

The one thing I don't really like about doing mosaic is the grouting.  It's messy and, as my photo's testify, I need to work on my grouting skills.  When you're making it for yourself, though,  it doesn't have to be perfect.  As a matter of fact I keep all my "prototypes" because the first time or two is usually a learning experience.  You should try it at least might like it and even be good at it!  I do suggest you start with something smaller...

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  1. Janet, I love your sense of humour, but more than that, I love your work.
    This is truly a beautiful piece of art.
    Well done!

  2. Thanks Karen...I'm still looking forward to both of us retiring to our art!

  3. Janet, That is a great idea for a table. Looks great. Love your work. Dean