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« on: January 14, 2005 08:09:17 AM »

A few months back we had to put our truly wonderful cat down.  It was heartwrenching.  He was truly a prince among cats.  He'd was really the hubster's as got him when he was but wee and a good three years before we hooked up, but I loved him like my own, just the same.  More than a pet/owner relationship, with Ignatz we had an understanding.

Anyway, I have this fabulous b&w photo I took of him in his prime and I want to create a b&w mosaic on a big patio stone as a monument in our back yard where he's buried. I have little-to-no mosaic experience, the only thing I'm sure of is that I'd like shiny black, white, and multiple shades of gray tiles.  I'm sure I'm going to have to shape some myself (I've got nippers), but I don't know what grout to use, how to attach the pieces, or "seal?" the finished object.  Can anyone enlighten me?  This project is very, very meaningful. Sad
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2005 07:58:58 AM »

I'm so sorry about your kitty.

They truly are angels with fur.

I'm not sure if this will help much, but we did something cute in the bathroom when we added our second floor. I have three turtles that I love, so my hub added something personal to the bath..

He used bathroom grout, and regular tile sealer like the kind you find in Home Depot and Lowe's or a local hardware store. I'm sure if you look in craft stores you can find colored grout, I've seen it.  I got Fiiberglass Mosaic Mesh from Di Mosaico, but you can also find some at Dick Blicks or other art supply stores...

The process is straightforward...
First place the tiles down on the mesh to get an idea of the design, then glue into place with Weldbond. Grout and seal.

Hope this helps!


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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2005 07:17:08 PM »

Thanks for the materials list.  That turtle looks awesome and I've got one too!  She kicks ass!  How big is the mosaic?  Were the tiles easy to cut?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2005 07:45:56 PM »

Get your photo.... open it in photoshop. Covert it to a grayscale image. Now, look up how to make and Intarsia knitting chart. Apply the same principle to your grayscale photo. Volia! Now you'll know how to lay out all the tiles of your mosaic. Please post a pict when your done, Id love to see how it worked. You might also want help from the girl who made the big Beatles piece out of the little plastic beads for help. Its the same sort of image pixelization sort of process. Good luck.
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