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« on: March 04, 2004 12:58:25 AM »

So this project is ALMOST completed, but I was so jazzed about it's prospective fabulousness, that I decided to post the "in progress" photos. I'll finish it tomorrow night and post the finished deal as well. Let me just say, gravity and rubber cement are totally not friends.

these are the materials....
snow leopard plates, of which half of my set was broken when we moved, so I decided to break them into manageable pieces with my trusty hammer....the boy was happy to help destroy stuff, but he's camera shy so no pics of him...lol

the gross ikea lamp with dorky shade that matches nothing in our place...

after smashing the plates, I began to attach the pieces to the lamp base, with rubber cement (of all things!) next time I'll use a different adhesive, because the rubber cement was a royal pain in the butt


here's the lamp totally covered with leopard pieces


dorkified lampshade before

and after! I had this really cool nepalese paper that I bought for stationery, and I just cut it to fit. This paper shows the shade upside down, because I didn't want to bend the cool raw edges

so that's as far as I have gotten for this evening, tomorrow, using the spiffy tiling tutorials here on craftster, I will grout this puppy, and sand down the plate edges. I am excited, and I hope it turns out well....keep your fingers crossed!
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2004 05:43:01 AM »

that looks really good so far!!
Fingers crossed...wating to see finished product  =)
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2004 07:34:30 AM »

That is great!!
So, what are you using to do the sanding? I really want to mosaic something but I don't think I have the tools.

« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2004 08:13:39 AM »

Goddess, can't wait to see the results!  Nice job on the re-vamp so far!  Let us know how the grouting goes...
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2004 04:59:15 PM »

ok, well so far the grouting sucks. I have had to redo it twice, and I am waiting for it to  dry as we speak. As far as sanding goes, I bought a spiffy sander I think it's a Ryco, I got it at home depot for 20 bucks...it's pretty cool. pics to come soon!
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2004 12:49:57 PM »

difinitely looking forward to the grouting pix!  i LOVE mosaics but have never tried my hand at them.  good luck!
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2004 05:11:35 AM »

I tried a mosaic project on a large cable spool, with a saki set and matched sugar and creamer (thrift store finds that broke in shipping  Undecided Embarrassed  )What I found is that unless you have totally flat pieces and a totally even surface, it's better not to try to grout.  I had trouble because I couldn't get the grout off my pieces before it dried, because they were too irregular and couldn't be sponged off properly.  So I've been sitting around with scotch pads trying to clean them ever since.  They still aren't totally spiffed up.  If I did it again, I would definitely just affix them with mastic, using a thick enough layer that I could push the pieces down into it, then smooth the mastic in between the pieces.  

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2004 02:22:50 PM »

i hope the grouting goes okay

craft-matic,  try using a small straight edge to clean up the grout, that's what works for me.

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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2004 06:56:47 AM »

a couple of years ago ( of course i don't remember how to now!) we made a bunch of mosaic stepping stones for a fundraiser at church! they were all really cool, but i have no clue where we got the grout stuff, i should try it again on something else!

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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2004 11:25:28 PM »

Unfortunately, your pics aren't showing..
I wanna see!
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