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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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