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« on: November 12, 2006 07:46:33 AM »

http://sloanestuff.blogspot.com/2006/11/here-is-my-summer-project.html
I need to figure out how to just put the pics on here...I am so computer illiterate!
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2006 09:04:21 AM »

Wow! That looks great! How long did it take you to do the entire project? Did you only use tile?

Don't you just love mosaic!?  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006 09:34:09 AM »

Thanks...I used slate that I randomly cut up on a tile saw, thick mirror that I broke up with nippers, scraps of marble, and asst. vitreous tiles (some plain, some iridescent). This was my first mosaic project. Nothing like jumping right in. It took me 3 days to set all the stones! It was a bit overwhelming. I had a little help on the top which I started the first day so my original vision. I did the steps alone and like the way they turned out.
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006 11:04:09 AM »

For a first project you shure did pick a big one. It turned out awesome so I am sure this is just the first of many.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006 04:40:29 PM »

That is fantastic -- great idea and great job!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2006 05:14:19 PM »

I am wanting to start a mosaic project and was wondering where you got your tiles/where the best deals are.

any tips?

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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2006 03:18:25 AM »

I got the slate from a tile store in town and Lowe's, the marble I got from a local discount home store, they were samples I got for a $1. http://www.wholesalersusainc.com/mosaic-tiles-c-23.html is where I got the asst. vitreous tiles, and the mirror I found in the garbage!
I used Flexi Bound with an acrylic additive for the adhesive, sealed the stones with some kind of (to expensive) sealer that I had to have so the stone wouldn't absorb the grout color, charcoal grout, and a grout sealer. It probably cost $300 plus to do this project...way more than I expected. But I have been scraping and painting the house all summer so I just bought supplies as I had the money.
I learned....only mix up a little adhesive (not a wheel barrel full!) and work in an area you can control how your design is shaping up. Same with the grout! My original design flailed b/c I smeared adhesive all over the stoop and was trying to hurry. Same with the grout...I covered it and was freaking out b/c it was drying faster than I could wipe and empty my water buckets. My husband had to help...and he wasn't to pleased. Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2006 02:14:03 PM »

So beautiful and fantastic!  I've been planning a mosaic for my garden for ages now and even though it's cold and wintery here yr magnificent front step has got me planning again.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2006 04:02:22 AM »

I do believe I might need to talk my husband into helping me do this this spring.  I will have to put a plea out on freecycle for tile pieces and whatnot.  Maybe if I am lucky a local flooring place will have a bin of brokens that I can pick from.  This is just gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2007 09:25:50 PM »

Wonderful! I was just thinking of doing this on my back steps this summer.  I was hesitant to do the horizontal part of the steps, but it looks so good.  I thought aobut just doing the vertical or facing part of the step and painting the tops.  I love mosaic.  Here is a sink I did last year
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I really liked the colors of the pieces you used, it looks great


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