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« on: April 29, 2009 06:45:38 PM »



This table was a long time comin. It began it's life as a glued on, lighter burned, scraped up coffee table at my friend's college apartment.



I had my grandpa put an edge on the top so the resin would stay in when poured. Then I glued down one kangaroo and it sat in my living room for a year.

I made a covered top for it so it wouldn't look too goofy while in progress. But it was equally goofy itself:



So we tossed that, and then, in under a week it went from that to this:





I put aussie coins on a few of the major cities.



The glass was glued down, then grouted, then resined. easy as pie. It's very heavy before, now with glass, grout, and resin, it's a solid ton.

If I were to do it over again, I would use uniformly sized pieces. It saved time obviously to use the bigger pieces, but seeing it as a whole completed, I know I would do it differently. C'est la vie.

I'd love to hear what you think.
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2009 06:51:11 PM »

I love it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009 06:56:40 PM »

Every time I look at it, it gets better and better! At first I just loved the kangaroos, then I realised they were jumping across Australia!!! The coins on the cities though made it perfect!! I want one!!
Amazing work. I can't even begin to imagine how much effort this would take. I'm in awe.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2009 07:26:13 PM »

I saw the kangaroos and Australia but I didn't notice the coins until I read about them. I love it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2009 07:30:15 PM »

its beautiful!!!  i love the coins n kangaroos but i really love how the woodgrain shows through the glass!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2009 07:36:42 PM »

This is great!  How deep did you pour the resin? 
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2009 07:41:50 PM »

Melbourne is worth way more than 20c. That's the only problem I have Wink


It looks great, and I love how all the big pieces make it really... flowing and swoopy and curvy. It's more wild and free, and that's how I see Australia, at least.

Also kudos for including Tasmania.  Those Taswegians get mighty pissed off when they're left off the map.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2009 07:43:59 PM »

This is awesome!  Nice job.  :-)
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2009 04:37:01 AM »

Very nicely done! Smiley The colors of glass look good with the wood color, and the design is well thought out. Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2009 07:03:43 AM »

Thank you for your comments everyone.

This is great!  How deep did you pour the resin? 

I used all I had and came out with barely enough. It's less than a 1/4" . In fact, theres one place  Angry where a piece of glass sticks above the resin. When I get my hands on some more resin (I used Envirotex Lite) I'll put down another layer.

its beautiful!!!  i love the coins n kangaroos but i really love how the woodgrain shows through the glass!!

Thank you for mentioning the woodgrain. I was so torn about whether I should paint the top or just put down the clear glass. I still don't know how I feel about it and if I were to do it over again, I STILL wouldn't be able to decide.

Melbourne is worth way more than 20c. That's the only problem I have Wink

I lived in Perth for a semester, that's why it's a dolla  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2009 07:13:00 AM »

This is awesome.  It took me some time to see everything in it.  Well done.
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2009 09:25:34 AM »

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I can scarcely take it all in...how wonderful it is! I didn't even discern the woodgrain through the glass, with all the other swirly patterned glass involved, but agree that it's fantastic...

And I love the bigger pieces; it just seems more artistic that way!
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2009 10:02:55 AM »

Ooh, pretty pretty!  Grin  I like the fact that you used the coins and I also think the wood grain through the clear glass looks really neat. 

Very cool!
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2009 12:58:51 PM »

Melbourne is worth way more than 20c. That's the only problem I have Wink

I lived in Perth for a semester, that's why it's a dolla  Cheesy

Perth for the win! I'd make Melbourne worth more than Sydney though-- but that would risk inciting the age old Melbourne vs Sydney argument, and we don't want that, do we?

Seriously-- that is so awesome. I'm in awe. I was thinking about doing a mosaic on our kitchen table-- but I don't think I'd have come up wiht something this cool Smiley Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2009 02:38:03 PM »

Very cool. Love it! And I think the different sizes in pieces add to the artistic look. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2009 04:47:10 PM »

Melbourne is worth way more than 20c. That's the only problem I have Wink

I lived in Perth for a semester, that's why it's a dolla  Cheesy

Perth for the win! I'd make Melbourne worth more than Sydney though-- but that would risk inciting the age old Melbourne vs Sydney argument, and we don't want that, do we?


There's an argument? I thought it was settled years ago that Melbourne is superior.

That's why I know a lot of people from Sydney & Perth. They all moved to Melbourne...  Grin  Cheesy  Cheesy  Grin

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OOh, and somewhat relevant to the topic - puppybreath, did you freehand draw the roos, or trace them off something - their poses and positioning look pretty much perfect, and if you can draw jumping kangaroos, I'm adding another layer of respect for your work.
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2009 06:45:38 PM »

This is my favorite t shirt.  Cool I sketched the kangaroos from here and the country's outline from a webpage. I drew it all out on paper, then cut the pieces out and traced them onto the table top.

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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2009 05:55:14 PM »

I love it! I especially liked how you used the coins
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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2009 07:52:44 AM »

This is absolutely beautiful!  Not only is the design really nice, but I love the mix of colors!
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Thanks everyone for your support, you're the best!!


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« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2009 02:16:05 AM »

It looks really creative.It must weigh a ton. If you want something a bit lighter next time you'll be doing a project like this, you might try using carton pieces of images, glue it on a wooden table, then cover it with clear resin, or maybe even acrylic emulsion.

Although I want to try using glass like how you did it here.   Grin
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« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2010 11:28:52 PM »

I love this-- and I think the odd-sized pieces make the mosaic so much more interesting and stylish.  I also want to compliment you on the woodgrain showing through some of the tiles-- looks wonderful!  Excellent job!!
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