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« on: October 04, 2012 11:40:47 AM »



Saw an ugly old crock pot from our local thrift store and remembered back to something I saw on pinterest a while back from a company called What a crockpot.  I've been wanting to beautify my home crock pot but thought a trial run couldn't hurt!  And now I know why that company's crockpots are so expensive.  This is a tough craft!  To all you mosaic workers, you rock.  I'm glad I started with a practice crock because I learned a few things that will help me if I do decide to try again.  Anyway onto the crock!

Crockpot:  $4.... also bought three plates for $1 each


Busted up the plates and used various other rocks and pieces to decorate.  Set them out in somewhat of a pattern.  *I grabbed the hammer and DH said, "What are you doing?!"  I got a big grin and said, "Hulk SMASH!"  lol was fun.


All put into the adhesive grout


Grout washed over into the cracks, and ready to clean off all the pieces


Hardened and ready for dinner!




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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012 01:33:34 PM »

cool idea!  Any tips you can give us from what you learned?
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2012 10:28:09 AM »

Oh man, that's so cool!  I've never seen anything like that...now I want to do it too!
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2012 11:59:54 AM »

I want to know how it does with the heat-- I have the same less-than-beautiful crock pot at home... It'd be nice to make it pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2012 12:11:46 PM »

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I used ready made grout and adhesive combined which I wouldn't do again.  I'd go the route with separate adhesive and a non ready made grout. 
I'd also use non sanded grout, mine feels quite gritty. 
I'd also try to use more smooth items.  When the grout got into the tiny crevices of some of my items it was impossible to remove.  The smooth plates and tiles shined up beautifully, but I'm not happy with how some of the less smooth things look.  Maybe try a needle or a toothpick to get in the places, but I wasn't that thorough.
Or be insanely careful not to get grout into the tiny hidden places on other items.
If you still can't remove some of the grout off the tiles I found that a rag soaked in isopropyl alcohol worked the best to wash it off, though still not amazing. 

I have had the crockpot cooking all day on high and the items seemed a teeny tiny bit springy to the touch, but I'd bet you'd really really have to dig at the items to make any of them come off.  But only time will tell how long it will work for sure.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2012 02:15:28 PM »

Well done patty_o!
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2012 05:52:28 AM »

So, the crockpot is still USEABLE afterwards? That's great! u will have the most unique crock pot, and your friends and family will probably want u to make more of these!!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2012 11:10:40 AM »

That's pretty!  Love how it turned out. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2012 08:57:36 PM »

This is so great, I wish I hadn't seen it!  We've two ugly crock pots (70s and 80s versions) and it would be nice if they weren't ugly. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2012 06:45:52 AM »

This is charming! It reminds me of my old neighborhood, where this guy makes mosaics on lamp posts and planters. People give him their broken glass and ceramic, and he turns it into art around the neighborhood. If you're ever in nyc, go to the East Village and check out some of these beautiful mosaics.
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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2012 10:06:20 AM »

Interesting idea!  Have you tried to cook in it yet?
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2012 10:52:26 AM »

Have you tried to cook in it yet?

I boiled water one whole day and everything stayed on just fine.  So I got brave and cooked soup for a neighborhood get together--no one got sick!  LOL.  Works fine as a crock pot still, the only thing is it is quite a bit heavier for when you want to take food around.
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« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2012 11:42:54 AM »

I love this idea and we have a Crock Pot fetish at our house anyway so I'm thinking  this is something to try........except I think I want to take off the handles and replace them with Coffee cup handles. Did you sand the Crock Pot first to help the grout take?

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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2012 08:24:31 AM »

Did you sand the Crock Pot first to help the grout take?


Nope, just put the grout right on.
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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2012 07:29:50 AM »

I love this idea!  I have a 70's crockpot I got for free and one of my snide coworkers commented on its orange exterior, "Oh, my grandmother had one like that."  Well, I'm going to redo mine and see what she says to that! LOL
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