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« on: May 31, 2017 04:57:49 PM »

I really don't do things by short measures. I've had a bit of a challenge since the beginning of the year finding my crafty drive and inspiration to make things (a fun combo of work and life stress though thankfully that period seems to be waning, yay!). So where the idea and inspiration and, more importantly, motivation came from to tackle this project....I'm at a loss. But it happened and I'm happy it did! Now I have this giant beauty to stare at and ogle....just need to figure out where to put it......



(Damn thing defies taking pictures - I can't help but want to put resin on everything to give it a shiny slick coat and seal everything in.)

We all love progress pictures, yeah? Let's go down the story hole...



The beginning...a collection of coins...that's where the idea started. A mosaic with coins. A big thank you to alteredmommy, LeapFeetFirst, and kwality570 for sending me your spare foreign coins to add the the pile!

I forgot to take pictures until I got as far as laying out the patterns...at this point I decided to also incorporate some beads I had in my stash (though more had to be purchased to fill the board).





This took a week or two of futzing with the placement and whatnot and then it was onto grouting! I learned from the last time I did this that grouting is a huge mess - so I decided to do this step outside....in the hot hot sun. So much fun.



And I conveniently forgot from the last time how long it took to smooth everything out and then having to go back multiple times to wipe off every individual coin and glass shard. This probably took an hour total if I had to guess.



Wipe wipe wipe. Keep wiping.



This picture below is before resin, but after a final polish of the coins and glass. Major difference.



Now all the beauty shots!



Scissors are there for reference. The board itself is 16 x 21 inches. And it's actually a lazy susan, but I'm not sure I actually want to cover it up and have it be used lest it get ruined or something......and I'm still not sure where I'm putting it..

 



A close up of a couple of cool coins...The one on the right second down reminds me of a niffler from the Wizarding world haha.



And one last close up of the center for a little more detail.



Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2017 05:08:54 PM »

STUNNING!  Absolutely beautiful my friend.  (And just FYI, I'm ordering a custom made table, just to coordinate with the mosaic you made for me!  Yeah, that's right, I'm designing the room around it.)  ROCKS.
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2017 05:11:19 PM »

STUNNING!  Absolutely beautiful my friend.  (And just FYI, I'm ordering a custom made table, just to coordinate with the mosaic you made for me!  Yeah, that's right, I'm designing the room around it.)  ROCKS.

Thank you! Not sure if you noticed but I can't seem to get away from the turquoise/purple/iridescent color scheme that started with your piece!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2017 06:38:04 PM »

So totally incredibly gorgeous, I love it! I have pennies from my dad and a lot of random old keys of his too, I would love to make a little memento like this. Super inspiring, beautiful work Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2017 06:42:35 PM »

wow! i love that you've used coins and keys and such. this piece is so inspiring sheepblue! this makes me wonder what kind of creation might come from my junk drawer... so many little trinkets in there!
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2017 06:51:26 PM »

The black grout is glorious!

I love the symmetry of similar items, but upon closer look, they are all different. There's a lot there.

High Five for the progress photos!  *smackaroonie*  Can you explain/talk about how you were able to pour the resin on top without it rolling off the sides?  I've seen a couple different blog posts - using an edge to temporarily dam the flow - but I can never figure out how the tiny cracks are handled.

I have a side table and picked up some mini tile pieces and I've been contemplating a landscape of some kind.  But now that I see your assembly I think the tile might not be the jam.

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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2017 07:05:18 PM »

Thanks for the lovely comments!

JC - I actually don't stop the resin from overflowing; it drips right down the sides. I have a large canvas in frame that I got from the thrift store that I cover with a trash bag and use to catch the run-off (mosaic placed in the middle - the raised frame keeps the resin from escaping elsewhere). It does leave little drip bumps on the edge but from what I understand you can sand that off. I don't particularly mind the bumps so I am planning to leave it as is. Hope that helps.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2017 05:17:09 AM »

GORGEOUS!  Love the sheen the resin gives.  Yes you can sand/shave the resin down if you don't want the bumps, and paint back some fresh resin if you want to remove the frosty sanded look and bring back the shine and translucence.

I love the keys in the blue glass.  How big is the piece?
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2017 07:45:48 AM »

I love the keys in the blue glass.  How big is the piece?

Thank you  Kiss It's 16 x 21 inches. So not a tiny thing  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2017 07:46:17 AM »

Awesome work. The black grout makes everything pop nicely and I love the little intriguing details. I spy at least a bicycle...I'm sure there's more interesting do-dads if I could inspect it up close!  
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