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Topic: Etz Chaim: Tree of Life Mosaic (Pictures o' Plenty)  (Read 9614 times)
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« on: March 04, 2010 06:01:38 PM »

Completed this project just about 30 minutes ago.

Had this idea rolling around my noggin for awhile, and finally started about a month ago.






Not exactly how I had pictured the final product in my head, but I am pleased with how this turned out. It is hard to tell, but the parchment behind the tree is painted like the sky. The calligraphy has Etz Chaim: which means Tree of Life, and is Proverbs 3:18 - It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and its supporters are praiseworthy.

Some in progress shots:
The tree is sculpted out of Celluclay, which is super easy to work with! Very forgiving, and cheap.


Dried, mounted to the glass/frame and sealed for waterproofing. Think the frame is 18x20.


Began placement of the glass on the tree, and found it was very slow going. Not to mention the frayed nerves. Hence the glass of adult beverage in close proximity to work.  Smiley


Tree all grouted. Needs more cleaning, but then I can move onto the next step.


Lightened the grout a touch from the original chocolate.
Canopy update:






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Finished size: 18x20
Stained glass, tempered glass, grout in green and brown, green bottle glass, parchment, paint, calligraphy. Began project February 2, 2010.

As always comments and questions are welcome! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2010 06:07:41 PM »

That is just really, really pretty. I like how it spills over the edges of the frame. The shape of the branches is also appealing to me.
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2010 06:23:30 PM »

This may be my most favorite thing I've seen on here. I want!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2010 06:31:13 PM »

This is simply lovely. I love this scripture too. I love how it spills over the edge of the frame. I have no idea how it originally looked in your head, but how it turned out is perfect. Thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2010 07:25:27 PM »

I love it!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2010 08:00:29 PM »

So pretty! Great idea and execution, I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2010 08:21:26 PM »

 Shocked  I love everything about this project!  The craftmanship, the materials you used, how it seems to grow out of the frame, and, being Jewish, the saying you used!  Nice!
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2010 08:30:18 PM »

WOW! Thank you all so very much for your lovely comments! Glad you like the mosaic and enjoyed seeing all the pictures.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2010 03:18:34 AM »

Very beautiful!
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2010 09:15:44 AM »

I love it!  I also love how you always push the envelope of creativity and end up with great results!
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2010 11:56:04 PM »

I love this piece.  Your artwork is awesome.  How did you lighten your grout?  I didn't know you could alter the grout color once its already applied.
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2010 05:30:23 PM »

I love this piece.  Your artwork is awesome.  How did you lighten your grout?  I didn't know you could alter the grout color once its already applied.
Thank you! You can tint/lighten/darken grout with many things. Dyes, paints, inks, tints and mica. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2010 11:17:59 PM »

that is soo cool...love glass mosaics
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2010 05:14:34 AM »

Glad you like the tree!  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2010 12:16:29 PM »

I agree, very well done. I also like how it "grew" outside the box. Cheesy

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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2010 05:39:41 AM »

Wow! Really--this is absolutely incredible!  One of the most beautifully executed projects I've ever seen in ANY category.  I am in awe of you!
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« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2010 06:15:34 PM »

You did a really really nice job on this.  I really like it.

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« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2010 12:01:09 AM »

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« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2010 06:10:01 PM »

That IS a work of art!  You must do more! - The detail is exquizid!  You are a master artist.... Whip up some more and you will be able to retire early!
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« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2010 03:37:57 PM »

Thanks all for the wonderful comments! Glad you liked this mosaic.  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2010 09:23:28 PM »

Shocked That is amazing! And gorgeous!
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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2010 11:19:48 PM »

This is magnificent! I could never do this! I want to learn how to do mosaics soo bad, and this tree mosaic just encouraged me a whole lot more!
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« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2010 04:26:53 AM »

Glad you all like the mosaic.  Smiley

It is still one of my favorite pieces. If you look in the glass discussion section of the forum there are two mosaic tutorials there, posted by me.
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From the 1st few images you couldn't see exactly what you had in mind but it turned out wonderful.
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Thank you so much!  Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2010 11:48:44 AM »

It's gorgeous!
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This is beautiful! And, incidentally, since my post was directly after it, CONGRATS on your great honor!
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