September 03, 2002

Christmas Vase, Mosiac Plate, Glass on Glass

(06/03/2010)  This piece is uploaded from an Art Diary that I maintained on the Bellsouth Personal Web Pages between 2002 and 2006.    After I finished this vase, it was packed up in a box and stored away in a closet (as was many of my projects).   I pulled it out last year and listed it in my Artfire Shop under the title of Christmas Vase. 

Sunday, August 18, 2002
Pulled from inventory glass that had come from the border of some Christmas Dishes (Holly & Poinsetta's). Also selected some green & red prism pieces. Pulled out a small sheet of mirror, that is being cut down to 1/4" squares. After cut, the mirror pieces will be deburred;

 Monday, August 19, 2002
Drew in lines for stripe effect and applies rows of 1/4" mirror tiles. (dry 30 minutes after each row as piece has to lay down while working; so applied pieces do not move around).
Applied a section of red and a section of green glass to vase. Set aside to dry overnight. Note: Changed my mind about using red & green prism pieces. Decided to leave this simple. It is my impression that Christmas is much too overdressed already.
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Completed mosaic on vase -- another stripped section of green and another of red. Ran out of prepared red glass and had to stop and nap and debur enough to finished project.

Set aside to dry for several hours, then cleaned mastic off mosaic pieces using vinegar. Will let dry for several days before grouting/sealing. (You may have noticed that grouting is obviously not my favorite part).
Monday, September 2, 2002
Mixed small batch of white polyblend grout. Applied grout to Christmas vase with hands. Allowed to sit about 10 minutes and sponged off. Set aside 2 hours, then proceeded with polishing haze from glass.
Tuesday, September 3, 2002
Applied a sealant coat to 1st Mushroom, Christmas Vase and Three Forty Vase. The sealant is "Impregnator" and protects from stain. Sealant is a clear liquid and is applied with small artist paint brush. The liquid absorbs into the grout. After 10 minutes absorbtion, any remaining liquid is wiped off the glass with a soft cloth. (If left on, this will form spots that take quite abit of elbow grease to remove).

Finally .... these three are finished !!! 

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