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Topic: The Fountain of Mama's Anger (IMG HEAVY!)  (Read 11140 times)
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« on: October 07, 2010 08:21:19 PM »

1,575 hand-made-and-cut polymer clay tiles.  *falls over*  Just posting this finished shot reeeal quick to make sure I don't miss the deadline, more pics and details in just a little while!







I was going to write a big 'ol long post, but it was boring, and I banished it to my Crafty LJ.  All the pics (including many more progress shots, and many many views of the finished product can by found at my flickr.  I'm sure I forgot lots of interesting tidbits, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!  I'm also happy to create a tutorial if anyone's interested. Smiley  On to the pictures!


When I first plugged her in, tucked happily away in the bathtub.


This is my favorite shot!  I almost made my mosaic out of these glass globs, but quickly realized it would be far, far too big.  I like them in the pans though, they look nice and fire-y.


Each tile was individually cut with the square cutter...


And then quartered with the blade.


My totally awesome lazy way of emulating the stained glass I wish I had, using lots of translucent clay.  You'll see why in a bit...


My dry run, laying out the tiles on the acrylic frame I used as a base.


And then I realized that my pattern was far too small.  Oops!  So much for my attempt at math.


Halfway...


Finished!  Tiling, anyway.


Making a hole for the water.  I just realized I neglected to take pics of the sealing step.  Pretend I did!  I used Varathane.  Probably won't again, at least not the spray stuff.


From drab to fab! 


Grouting, sitting on the edge of the tub.  I managed to bruise my booty doing this, and I got to feel extra smart every time I sat down for a few days. Wink  Next time, I'll drag in a chair, or at least fold a towel.


All finished, view from the back.






This is why I used translucent clay.  She glows!  I couldn't manage a pic that really captures just how awesome this is.  I almost started bawling with pride (and relief!).  Have I mentioned that I've been staying up way too late to finish this lately?  Hehe.





Thanks for looking!  I had a lot of fun with this, even though there were plenty of times when I was pulling out my own hair from frustration.  I'm just glad that after all that crafty drama I ended with a piece that I'm really proud of. Smiley

« Last Edit: October 07, 2010 10:34:13 PM by theatreorchid - Reason: moar pics! » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2010 08:24:32 PM »

I can't wait to see the rest. Seems a very ingenious idea. Love pink.
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2010 08:33:21 PM »

This just may be too cool!
Truly a wild project.  Kudos to you for all of those tiles - and then to create a fountain? wow.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2010 08:37:14 PM »

Shocked what?!?!  A fountain?!  Seriously?  Wow!  Shocked  Shocked  (yes, yes, yes.  can't wait to see more pictures!!  I hope you took progress shots!!)
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2010 08:44:07 PM »

OH. MAN. I am almost happy I didn't kill myself finishing my entry, because I DO NOT think I would've won against this.  Grin Crazy! Mama can fill AND boil a pot of water with her anger!
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2010 08:52:34 PM »

No way!! That is crazy cool. I love the pink pots and pans as the base!! I'm amazed.

More pics!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2010 09:01:51 PM »

 Shocked  So many replies already!  Thank you so much for the nice comments, I'm seriously blushing over here. Cheesy  I'm uploading the rest of the pics right now. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2010 10:44:56 PM »

What a cool idea! Very neat! This contest is gonna be hard to judge...
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2010 05:03:43 AM »

That is really awesome and original. It took me a minute to realize it was a fountain (pardon me, I just woke up, and I'm not fully conscious yet.). Great job!
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7,8 gonna stay up late.
9,10 never sleep again.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2010 05:07:03 AM »

OMG - this is stunningly fabtastic!!!! Absolutely love it and huge respect to you for completing it.
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