September 03, 2002

Mosaic Mixed Media Vase, Three Forty

This project uploaded from my Art Diary and was completed between August 9th & September 3rd, 2002.  Right after this vase was finished, a contract came to the house do do some work and purchased it right off the table.  

Friday, August 9, 2002
Selected vase, glass and 'old' jewelry from inventory for new project

Saturday, August 10, 2002

Prepared china for mosaic.  Cut pieces to appropriate sizes, chipped corners with nippers and deburred each piece with a dremel.  Cut mirror tiles to 1/2" and also deburred.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Applied ceramic shards, jewelry and mirrors to vase.
Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Completed mosaic application on vase using mastic.   Set aside for cleaning (after glue thoroughly sets in a couple of days.

Monday, September 2, 2002

Prepared a small mixture of Unsanded Grout in small food processor. I find it takes a food processer to get the lumps out. (I use unsanded grout whenever a large amount of glass is present as sanded grout leaves small scratches on the glass. I find unsanded grout much more difficult to work with .... it has a consistency of flour paste and takes much longer to dry).

Applied grout to vase using hands and a pallette knife. Sponged off. Set aside for 2 hours and proceeded with polishing off haze with soft cloth and vinegar.

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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