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« on: May 05, 2008 04:19:49 PM »





Here's my entry to the lights competition!

It is made out of a cheap and appropriately wave shaped glass lamp from Ikea, which I have glued found sea glass onto. Incredibly, I found enough sea glass for this project during an one hour hunt on the beach - people throw a lot of stuff in the sea around here!!

Here's a picture of the work in progress:



The project was inspired by a tealight holder I made for the lovely Ralph in the FOUND! swap - but i couldn't send it because the grouting didn't work out!



I haven't decided if I should try grouting this one or not - I think maybe not as I don't want to spoil it - I like it as it is! What do you think? Grout or no grout? Any comments welcome!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008 04:35:35 PM »

Hmm... I think the grout would block the light from coming through. I'd leave it as is-- very cute this way!
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008 04:49:29 PM »

I second that, the grout would ruin it.  Sad It's so nice the way it is! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008 05:11:27 PM »

No need, it's lovely as it. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008 05:21:38 PM »

Just to chime my 2 cents it - No grout.
It looks really nice as it is, and I wish we had that much sea glass here (I want some for my fish tank  Cheesy)
Thats really nice and the best part is it it made by you!! not brought from an over priced shop   Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008 05:47:54 PM »

This turned out good. Smiley

Grouting sea glass is tricky business. If you don't want the grout to get into the lines and such you really need to seal the glass first. Then the grout will clean off the surface of the glass. Also the type of grout you use will make a difference also. Let me know if I can give more direction. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008 05:42:15 AM »

Hey Ms Marple! It worked! I was really glad for you when I saw this. I think leave it as it is, it looks beautiful, good work!

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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008 09:34:00 AM »

Thanks for the kind comments everybody!!

Hey lovely Ralph, glad you liked it!  Cheesy

I'm still tempted by the evil try-it-out-(oops,itlooksworse)-devil  Tongue to see how it looks with grout, but maybe sanity prevails...  Roll Eyes

HSG, not sure if you'll check back on this thread, so I should probably try the glass board : Does sealing the glass change it's surface from matte to shiny? That might be nice, they have much more vibrant colours when they are wet... Thanks so much for the advice!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008 12:31:05 PM »

HSG, not sure if you'll check back on this thread, so I should probably try the glass board : Does sealing the glass change it's surface from matte to shiny? That might be nice, they have much more vibrant colours when they are wet... Thanks so much for the advice!!

Depends on what you use to seal with.Some sealers can be shiny or matte, depending on which type you pick. I've used both in various pieces with good result.
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008 12:35:32 PM »

That's interesting, thanks! Some more experimentation to do!!...
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2008 12:39:24 PM »

The sealer I use is Polycrylic, and is made by Minwax. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2008 07:14:47 AM »

wow, what a neat idea. It looks so pretty lit up!!
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2008 06:48:57 AM »

very pretty!

I like the glow that comes from this lamp!
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2008 06:29:14 AM »

Its adorable ! Smiley
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