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« on: May 21, 2007 06:42:12 PM »

I found the base on the side of the street- the lampworks were broken and there was a big crack through the base-- however, I like the shape and lines of it, if not the orange-yellow color.

First, I replaced the lampworks or whatever you call all the electrical doo-dads and wires.  A few orders from Mosaic Mercantile later, I had these pretty little glass tiles, which I glued on with carpenter glue.

I decided to use Mosaic Mercantile's green grout, which came out a little darker than I hoped but is OK, and way better than any other grout on the market (grouting is the least fun-- breaking and glueing are much more fun)
This is the first time I've used tiles-- usually my mosaics have very mixed tessera. It was so easy to grout compared to my other projects I may stick with tiles from now on.  (Sorry no grouting pictures-- my hands are usually covered in cement and it's a time-sensitive thing so I never remember the camera).

after grouting it cures for a week or so then a grout-sealant, then, the fun of shopping for a lampshade that works with the strange shape of the base.  (The first two I bought were promptly returned)
Here's how it looks completed:

Not bad for a $50.00 of materials, eh?
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2007 06:46:09 PM »

That's an awesome lamp!!! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2007 09:21:03 PM »

I LOVE anything mosaiced, nice work!

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2007 09:31:09 AM »

Wow  Shocked  Beautifully done!

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2007 04:16:37 PM »

Beautifully mosaiced!

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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2007 10:25:48 AM »

very swank! wtg    Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007 09:00:09 PM »

Awesome lamp! I am actually about to start my very first mosaic. I am planning to buy one of the craft frames and mosiac that. (you know those "fake-ish" wood frames that you can buy in the craft shop?).

I have bought all my plates and saucers from the charity shops that I plan to use, and bought the grout, but I was just after a little advice, I see that you used grout sealant. Is this step totally necessary? and do I need to use carpenters glue or can i just use any type fo glue to hold the mosaics down to the frame?

« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2007 08:21:17 AM »

Thanks for all your comments!

kristianne88: advice:  a project is soooooooooooooo much easier to grout when the tessera (tile) is about the same thickness.  It's possible to use different thickness of tile, but it makes it hard to grout-- you'll see what I mean. 

The smaller the break between tiles the less likely the grout will crack.

The sealant protects the grout, which can get brittle- it was around three dollars US at a hobby lobby.  I think any glue will work, so long as it holds well.  I'm not sure how necicssary the sealant is, but I work so hard on the mosaics, and I know if treated correctly it might out-live me. 

Happy breaking/smashing/cutting/cussing/mosaicing!
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2007 05:56:17 PM »

kristianne88: advice: .....

Thanks soo much for the advice! I shall be posting once im finished!

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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2007 10:12:16 PM »

Wow. What a great job. I have to say, when I saw the orange lamp I liked it the way it was, but you did some nice work on it! I like the finished product! Did you also make the stained glass and the chess table in the background? Those are cool, too.
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