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« on: February 05, 2004 07:44:48 PM »

Well, I've been doing tile art for a while, and I wanted to share my most favoritest piece.  

It's better to work up to bigger pieces like this with a small piece, but I have a few tips for anyone who wants to try mosaics/tiling and would be happy to answer any questions.


a.  Before tiling--pick out a suface that is smooth and has a natural lip around it--anything with an indent is easier to grout at first.  It's good to just use a frame and then tile right on top of the glass as long as it is securely attached to the frame.  That way you have an indentation.

1.  Draw out your picture on the surface.
2.  Cut our your tiles all as a variation of squares and match them onto the surface.
3. Glue them down.
4.  Mix a grout yourself from the hardware store...it's much easier to control the consistency that way.  You can also add acrylic paint to color it yourself.  Test out which kind of consistency works best for you...I like it pretty thick...thicker than the pre-mixed kind.
5. After smearing it onto the suface and letting it dry for about 15 minutes, wipe off the excess grout from the tiles, and do so as many times as you need to in order to get the look you want.  

Next time I tile, I will try to take pics as I go.  It's really fun!  
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2004 07:50:36 PM »

This is a gorgeous mosaic, very clean and professional looking.  How many hours did it take?

Take a peek!

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2004 08:49:01 PM »

That's GORGEOUS! I am SO impressed!

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2004 09:47:58 PM »

This is a gorgeous mosaic, very clean and professional looking.  How many hours did it take?

Thank you!  It took quite some time...I think I did it over a period of a week--it probably took about 10 hours.  I just used an old poster frame from Ikea as the base--that way you can put your drawn picture right under the glass and tile on top of it...
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2004 05:22:49 AM »

slick, outstanding work.  A+++.  5 stars.  really professional piece of art.  congratulations!

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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2004 01:33:21 PM »

LOL - you really love frida --- lol - almost as much as i must love purple!

great amazing - fantastic job!

« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2004 02:59:18 PM »

LOL - you really love frida --- lol - almost as much as i must love purple! great amazing - fantastic job!
Thanks to everyone for all your nice comments! It's so encouraging!  And yes, divasteph, I'm totally obsessed with Frida!   Cheesy  It's hard for me to do crafts that aren't Frida-related, but I'm trying to expand my repertoire because my whole apartment is filled with Frida already!!!
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2004 11:19:26 PM »

slick strikes again!

Beware your offer to answer questions, you may be hearing from me again... and again... Smiley

Another awesome job; and yes, each one seems to top the last one. Frida is an excellent source of inspiration.

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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2004 12:17:04 PM »

You make me want to mosaic everything, quite possibly even my dog.
I'm pretty sure that's a compliment.


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