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RE: Faux Van Gogh (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: slowmedown on 07.13.2007 at 05:00 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

SHADES: By dry application on the first part is: Brush the whole sheet w/black paint, w/paper towel, wipe off so that only the texture shows in black - you know - like when you faux-finish walls - you put the dark on, wipe off to leave the shadows of the dark. Then paint w/your regular colors - metallics are fabulous. Then, there are the iridescent enamels - do the same but I used two coats of that. The last coat is another black. On the gold leaf tiles, mentioned in BAMA's thread, I put the adhesive on, then gold leaf, then the red basecoat that is recommended UNDER gold leaf for the old world effect, then a coat of black. ROSIE was just here, and she said the faux Van Gogh looks so authentic. We can't tell the difference in the ones we bought and the ones I made. In fact, the purple looks like the same shade of paint. She said "poor Maria - just lost customers". Seriously, I'll never BUY Van Gogh again. It's so satisfying to DIY. I'm making this up but I'll just bet that's how the VG is made - paint on textured glass then baked on. Now I know how I'm gonna treat a concrete pig I've had sitting out back for more than a year - PINK VAN GOGH w/purple accents.


clipped on: 01.31.2008 at 11:35 pm    last updated on: 01.31.2008 at 11:35 pm

The Recipe - Hope I can do this RIGHT!!!

posted by: slowmedown on 03.08.2007 at 03:44 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Painting my ironing board legs, but decided to check in and am thinking I better take the time to try to relate what we learned. The others can fill in where I leave gaps, or I'll be happy to answer any questions.

For those who have a sewing background, this w/be a little easier. I used to sew all my clothes, so I related the proceedure to making a pattern to cut a dress. All her structures are a double layer of the mesh, so do everything in twos. The wire mesh is the galvanized lathe - diamond-shaped stuff used to plaster walls. To make a life-sized person, Riana begins by sorta measuring her face, cuts a piece of the mesh and begins to shape the face by folding the chin area into sorta a v-shape, cutting darts where she needed to fold and overlap for stitches, etc. To shape the forehead she cut a piece to size, leaving enough to bend and lay across to shape the forehead enough wings to attach it to the face, w/stitches made from 19 guage wire. She cuts a piece about 6/8" then turns in about an inch w/the pliers, pinches the folded end to make a "hook needle" that she pushes through the layers, to catch the pieces and then she can pull it through to wind around a couple times w/the pliers then cuts the ends off w/the cutting part of the pliers as close as possible w/o cutting the "knot". Use as many stitches as necessary to hold the piece to shape. W/each additional piece of mesh to shape the ears, nose, leave "wings" for attaching it to the base of the face. Sculpturing the face/head she then goes on to the shoulders by just bending a piece into an arched piece the length from shoulder to shoulder so the head w/be able to sit in the middle by cutting, shaping, darting so it sits properly. Remember - double layers of everything. The neck w/be a short tube you w/cut around bottom/top for the wings to attach to the head, then cut and darted to fit the shoulders once the head is attached. She goes through the whole process of sculpturing the whole body, darting, patching, pinching, folding, punching to shape, etc. The recipe for the mud mixture to be gently pushed in between the two pieces of mesh layer and smoothes over the mesh (not to completely cover) is: 1 part Portland cement to three parts of mason sand. She was using local stuff so the sand was course, and b/c the metal mesh wasn't available there, she used hardware "cloth" metal mesh - ungalvanized - 1/4" holes. After pushing through and smoothing out the structure, she covers w/plastic to dry over night. There were spots of the mesh not completely covered w/the concrete, and that was ok. It is a just a very thin layer on the outside, thereby making the statue light enough to move around easily. Next day, in most cases, it is ready to be refined or smoothed out the rough edges, especially trimming the "stitches", bumps knocked off, it is ready to be mosaiced. She doesn't cover all parts in mosaics. As shown in ROSIE's photo of the statue she made of our hostess Sam, bird and dog, she uses different colored grouts and exterior house paints to finish her pieces. She uses powdered colorants, and paints when she can't find grout in colors she wishes to use. On the arms and legs, she showed us how to use a runny mixture of grout to smooth over the skeleton to cover the mesh and concrete that won't be covered by mosaics. She makes her own grout w/one part type 1 Portland cement w/one-two parts silica sand or you can buy a regular sanded grout. For mosaicing she uses cement-based polymer fortified tile adhesive for adhering. The local stuff wasn't great, and when an occasional piece fell off, she used Weldbond to put it back on. The climate there is mild, so ...... She didn't even know what a pistol-grip glass scoring tool was. Her only tools are a hammer, a tile nipper, the tile cutter w/the little wheel to score and a trowel for mixing the cement/sand mixture - VERY BASIC TOOLS. Ask away, if this isn't clear.


clipped on: 01.15.2008 at 11:25 am    last updated on: 01.15.2008 at 11:25 am

RE: First Stained Glass - Seed of Life2 (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: shades_of_idaho on 01.07.2008 at 11:28 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum


Glow in the dark powders.

Here is a link that might be useful: Glow in the dark powders.


clipped on: 01.08.2008 at 11:37 am    last updated on: 01.08.2008 at 11:38 am

RE: First Stained Glass - Seed of Life (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: shades_of_idaho on 01.07.2008 at 11:24 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Jeff I think it is in the Tints All link that Chickeemama said they had the glow in the dark grout. Maybe it was at Home depot too.

Or look for the thread down the page Grout Colorant.


Here is a link that might be useful: Tints All link


clipped on: 01.08.2008 at 10:01 am    last updated on: 01.08.2008 at 10:01 am