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Topic: Mosaic Cart WIP (Completed 9/21/07)  (Read 12203 times)
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« Reply #50 on: September 21, 2007 11:46:14 AM »

Gorgeous! What else can I say, you and your father make beautiful things together!
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« Reply #51 on: September 21, 2007 12:41:07 PM »

That's beautiful! I'm amazed how how awesome it came out as, I had an idea in mind but this totally blows it away!
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« Reply #52 on: September 21, 2007 12:43:46 PM »

Thank you all for your comments! Smiley

Would you mind outlining exactly what you ended up doing in the grouting process & which product(s) you used?  Whatever you did is exactly what I want to do with our wedding piece, but in red/black/mirrors.

Grouting:
Used non-sanded grout in a mixture that was the consistency of peanut butter. Using gloved hands, smear around in circles (first clockwise, then counter-clockwise), over glass in sections about 6 inches square. This will insure you get even grout with no missed spots.

Once whole piece is grouted allow to rest for about 3 minutes. Take a stiff piece of cardboard, and use it like a squeegee to remove excess grout from surface.

Allow to site for another minute or two, then take clean dry rags and rub in circles to get to the haze stage. Allow to set for 24 hours.

Do a final cleaning with dampened with water sponge/rag. Also use q-tips with denatured alcohol for stubborn places. Or even an Exacto for really stubborn places.

Wipe with damp towel to remove dust, seal with grout sealer (Tile Lab is the brand I use), and use Polycrylic to seal and protect.

Done!:)
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« Reply #53 on: September 21, 2007 12:45:38 PM »

Thank you so very much for taking the time to type that all out.

I've put together my own little tutorial/tips/tricks from all of the information you've given me.
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« Reply #54 on: September 21, 2007 01:18:03 PM »

I second that "thanks"!   

I've done some tiling and I always have trouble with the grout.  It's never horrible - not one but me ever notices - but I KNOW it's not quite right.

Following the manufacturers directions always mean that either the grout hasn't set up quite enough and it pulls enough out of the seam to make it just a little concave - or - it's set up too much and you have to wipe too hard - which again pulls stuff out of the seams.

I can really see how doing it the way you describe would work better.  Can't wait to try that.
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« Reply #55 on: September 21, 2007 01:20:13 PM »

i want to thank you too, HSG, for all the info on grouting. I'll be trying to grout in a few weeks on my project and appreciate your info. It turned out great, I hope you and your dad are proud of your lovely work.
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« Reply #56 on: September 21, 2007 06:31:53 PM »

Wow! You've put a lot of time and work into this! Gorgeous!
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« Reply #57 on: September 22, 2007 07:15:51 PM »

Thank you all!

And should you have any more questions on grouting (especially for sanded), let me know. I'm more than happy to help! Smiley

Please post pictures of your mosaics!
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« Reply #58 on: November 14, 2007 03:32:56 PM »

Lovely - the table and the mosaic!!

I would love to see a section devoted to MOSAICS !! 
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« Reply #59 on: November 14, 2007 04:16:20 PM »

Thank you for the compliments!

And ditto on the mosaics section. Or even adding mosaic to the description of a section. Then they can all be posted in one area. Smiley
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