Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Panels are not yet grouted. When completed, they will be installed at a preschool/homeless shelter next month. Big fun working on this under the sea theme!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Word to the wise: the pros say never use grout that's been sitting around for a year or more in its original paper bag, even if it hasn't been opened. It's particularly bad mojo if said grout bag has been sitting on a concrete floor, as mine was. Apparently moisture from the temperature fluctuations in the concrete will be absorbed into the dry grout and will compromise its shelf-life and quality. Guess that explains why the grout was full of lumps, kind of like brown sugar that has been open on the shelf...I tried to squish down the lumps once I added water, but there were so many... I used it anyway... we'll see how long the new address sign lasts. So, for future reference: Unused dry grout goes into an airtight plastic container, up off the floor.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
It's been awhile since I posted anything, been hibernating all winter... and similarly, it's been awhile since I did any mosaic. Recently I embellished the exterior of the chimney with a decorative terra cotta sun face. This piece is about 24" in diameter. Generally I'm more of a clouds & rain kind of a gal... the sun has never been an inspiration for me ... but it was good to get my hands on the materials again. I've really missed it. My only regret is that unsuspecting visitors to my home will now be greeted by this deceptively perky image, which belies the somewhat less sunny occupant within. mwahahahahaa. My true friends know better. I guess it will add to the eventual resale value.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I hope I've done the goddess justice with the final version of the Temple of Isis Floor (below). I ended up chipping off and re-doing the lower right triangle, the prior version (see earlier posts) looked too much like a disco. Or something. Anyway... not particularly pleased with the sand-colored grout that I chose, as it minimizes the 3D effect which made this piece so much fun... should have gone with my initial hunch which was to use black grout, but since the piece has so much black I thought that might be too much black. (Even when honoring the goddess I had to inject my personal will. hmph!) Still, it's a nice piece, started last year on my birthday and done two weeks before my next birthday! Ha.