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5941  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: Obnoxious Dress Goes on a French Picnic (insane amount of photos) on: December 05, 2007 04:55:40 PM
Awesome project!

That fabric totally reminds you of a picnic, and you made use of every bit of it I bet. The whole set is fun, not to mention very quaint. Smiley
5942  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Mosaic Tile Over-Sink Shelf (Grout Tutorial) on: December 05, 2007 03:08:00 PM
Glad to do it ladies, and please post any mosaics! Love seeing others creations Smiley

Thank you PinkyK  Grin
5943  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Reusable sandwich bags on: December 05, 2007 12:04:20 PM
Like these:

They are easy to make. Just use vinyl, velcro and thread. Got the pattern I made for mine I think I could dig up somewhere Smiley
5944  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Mosaic Tile Over-Sink Shelf (Grout Tutorial) on: December 05, 2007 10:56:00 AM
Couple of people PM'ed me an asked for grouting techniques, and help. So after asking PinkyK I'm posting my grouting techniques in the form of a couple of tutorials. Please let me know if you have any comments, suggestions or questions. Smiley

There are essentially two grouting methods I use for my mosaic pieces. One for sanded grout, and one for unsanded. This first tutorial method is for sanded grout.

Dry Grouting: Method #1
This is a simple wooden over the sink shelf that I've mosaiced with tiles. The adhesive used here is plain tile mastic.

Here are all the supplies you will need from left to right: pool noodle broken into chunks, sanded grout, container for mixing grout, spatula for spreading grout, rubber gloves

Mix your grout to the consistency of peanut butter, and place on your mosaic. Spread with a spatula, hand or plastic knife to get even coverage on your tiles/tesserae. Working in cirlces is a good way to get coverage. First working in clockwise, then counter clockwise motion.

Once covered well with no empty spots or air holes, sprinkle some loose dry grout on top of the wet grout. It does not need to be an excessive amount. Use image for ratio reference.

Using a broken piece of pool noodle start to work in circles. Again clockwise, then counter clockwise motions.

This will give your mosaic an even coat of grout. It will eliminate any missed pockets around your tesserae, and clean. All this will take you to your first haze stage.

This is the whole piece once dry grouting has been completed overall.

Let the mosaic sit to dry overnight, then with a damp sponge or rag clean the residue off your tesserae. Let dry completly (About 24 hours).

I like to have my pieces finished, so I've painted the edge of the shelf black to match my kitchen more. Then I complete the look and protect it by putting on 2 coats of Polycrylic in a matte finish.

Painted the legs, and shortened them to suit my sink location. Here is the mosaic shelf complete, and in place.

As always comments, questions, suggestions are welcome. Smiley
5945  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Button wreath ornament on: December 05, 2007 10:34:53 AM
Gotta love it when you inspire others! Smiley

Love gkswife's creations, too.
5946  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Post your photography in here :D on: December 05, 2007 07:14:22 AM
I love black and white, and yours are excellent. You really capture your subjects at their best most expressive.

Here are a couple more of mine.

5947  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Cute piggy, help find a name! on: December 05, 2007 05:05:29 AM
Adorable! Petula Smiley
5948  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: 1 Mini Bear, 1 mini Koala-bear and 1 micni Duck on: December 05, 2007 05:03:46 AM
Too cute! These are so adorable it hurts. Smiley
5949  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: What's That Buzz? on: December 05, 2007 04:55:20 AM
That is so totally cute! You did an awesome job on the design, and paint! Smiley
5950  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: SWEATY gramma to SWEET glam on: December 05, 2007 04:53:55 AM
What a great looking top! The cut of the neckline is great looking on you.
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