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Old window greenhouse

posted by: mao_tse_mom on 05.09.2007 at 04:41 pm in Garden Junk Forum

I thought I'd share with you my new greenhouse made with old windows. It's not quite done yet.

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stacked stone at Hospital, not exactly junk, but really

posted by: kat__wa on 01.29.2010 at 11:37 am in Garden Junk Forum

cool landscaping. Anyone want to give it a try?
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RE: stacked stone at Hospital, not exactly junk, but really (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: kat__wa on 01.30.2010 at 12:41 pm in Garden Junk Forum

And I was thinking they looked like eggs! lol
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RE: glass bird feeder (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: nmgirl on 02.01.2010 at 10:24 am in Garden Junk Forum

Small hanging feeder: The large glass piece is a lamp part, the tray is a small relish tray and the glass topper is a glass drawer pull.
Gingerjarfeeder1 Gingerjarfeeder3 Gingerjarfeeder4 Gingerjarfeeder5

Large ground feeder: From the base up, an inverted candy dish, a large divided plate, I glued glass marbles around the inside of the plate to support the inverted votive holder used as a seed diverter, the seed holder piece is the inverted top portion of an hurricane lamp. The top piece is the base from a glass table lamp and the topper is again a glass drawer pull. As you can tell from the photos, the lamp base flips over to become a seed funnel for filling the feeder. The rod up through the center of the feeder is threaded rod purchased at a big box DIY. They don't show in the photos but there is a lock nut at the base of the rod inside the candy dish,a wing nut on top of the seed diverter inside the feeder and a wing nut on the topper.
Birdfeeder2.4 Birdfeeder2.6 Birdfeeder2.7 Birdfeeder2.8 Birdfeeder2.9 Birdfeeder2.10 Birdfeeder2.12 Birdfeeder2.3

I don't have a blown apart photo of the other feeder but I used the same method to make it.
Ummmm what else........Oh yes, I use a diamond drill bit to drill the glass. It's the type that actually cuts out a plug. I've used the other kind, the ones with a point, but I have better luck with the "plug cutter" type.
If you have any questions, please ask.
Have a great day!

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RE: humming bird feeder (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: nmgirl on 11.26.2008 at 10:50 am in Garden Junk Forum

Is this what you're looking for?

Here is a link that might be useful: pvc hummingbird feeder

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Keystoning technique

posted by: flagtruck on 08.25.2008 at 02:47 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Here is the link to the excerpt from Sonia's book about keystoning. It will maginify so you can read and print it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sonia King+keystoning

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window gog

posted by: ba1je on 04.03.2007 at 02:34 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

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RE: Sunburst Patio Table WIP (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: sereneseen on 07.04.2008 at 07:34 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Sorry, I was half asleep when I wrote the message above. Any way, here is the picture of the finished product. I tried to make the picture smaller but it wouldn't work.

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RE: Headboard Progress Complete !!!!!!!! (Follow-Up #27)

posted by: crackpotannie on 02.25.2008 at 02:03 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Yeah finally done with these things,new veener on bottoma nad everything!Going to a sale next week and then toa Gallery where she want's to put $950 ea ..I am floored at that price and a little unsure of it but I'll do as she suggest for a while ,I thought I was dreaming at $500 for the pair so we'll see..the gallery won't be built for 6 mo..should be interesting..


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Finished Antique tables

posted by: crackpotannie on 02.27.2008 at 09:03 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Heres a couple of tables in the same style as the headboards. All antique china bought off e-bay many many years ago when shipping was cheap!

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RE: This weeks project (Follow-Up #55)

posted by: bamasusanna on 01.12.2008 at 03:55 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

O.K. Here's an update!
I finally made progress! I think I've decided on a diamond pattern for the center. Maybe in the amber glass, same as the outside border. DH thinks I should use blue/white whispy glass to simualte sky, but I really think that would be too bright? I am also thinking about trimming the board to the border, not leaving it rectangle.
After I took the picture today, I noticed that one white square on the top right. That is so gone, why the heck did I put that there?LOL
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RE: GOG Glue Test Results....so far (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: bamasusanna on 10.04.2007 at 03:33 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

The Weldbond website recommends these instructions for doing a GOG.
Maybe that's why it took so long to dry?

Here is a link that might be useful: Weldbond for GOG

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Tutorial 4 craftylady morton diamonds

posted by: chickeemama on 10.28.2007 at 08:32 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Ok here goes...I am not a teacher but I will try!!!! This will be for a 60 degree diamond.

1. I am assuming you already have your strip of glass cut..if not cut a strip of glass to your desired width. Your bar lock will go into hole 16 on the right side of the cutting bar. To do other angles look on page 5. of your booklet

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2. You need to cut a piece of scrap off the glass to make your first 60 degree angle. DONT THROW THIS PIECE AWAY. I have marked my piece with a "T" so you can see where the top is.

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3. Now this is the tricky part..turn the piece of scrap over, bring down the cutting gauge on the cutting bar and place the glass as shown. You can now see the "T" through the backside of the glass. Place your Glass stop in the hole closest to the piece of scrap and tighten down so the scrap is sitting against the glass stop and against the cutting gauge. Move cutting gauge back up to top of the cutting bar. Remove piece of scrap glass.

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4. Put your strip of glass back under the cutting bar, with first 60 degree angle facing to the left. Cut your first diamond. If the first diamond placed on the glass strip (sorry no pic for this) is wider adjust the glass stop to the right. If the strip is wider adjust to the left.

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I hope this makes it a little clearer!!!!!

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RE: Guess I'll show you what I'm working on... (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: crafty_lady on 10.11.2007 at 05:03 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Rosemary, you need to be on Internet Explorer and then download Smiley Central to your toolbar. This is the way it works for me...When you want to add a smilie to your post, find the one you want, click on it, and then a message will appear that says OOPS...click on #2 and then click the button to copy the HTML, I also have to click to allow access to my clipboard, then I use the Ctrl and V and click in my post to insert it. When you do your preview you should see the smilie if you did it right. Let me know if it works for you!

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Barb

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My birdhouses...Group 1

posted by: crafty_lady on 09.30.2007 at 10:45 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I got the first group grouted and some of them are sealed.

Front & Back of birdhouse #1






Front & Back of birdhouse #2






My neighbor is buying this one:




Front & Back birdhouse #3






I painted the grout on these but I'm not happy with them!




I was going to paint the grout on these but after the way the other 2 came out maybe I should just leave them white. What do you think? Paint the grout...what color, or just leave them like this.




These definitely aren't shabby, right?






Yeah, these are shabby!!!




It will probably be a couple of days before I get Group #2 done.

Barb

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RE: WIP game table (Follow-Up #43)

posted by: nicethyme on 09.22.2007 at 06:19 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

tis grouted, I like!!!!!!!!!!

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RE: Your All-Time Favorite Project (Follow-Up #73)

posted by: bevinpa on 09.16.2007 at 10:02 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

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RE: Your All-Time Favorite Project (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: nanatricia on 09.09.2007 at 10:00 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

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For a class what ya think?

posted by: diamondjennie on 09.04.2007 at 07:45 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Teaching a class, and want to send home a sheet with just the basics, did I forget anythning really important?

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/stainedglass/

This is a website that has a ton of great information, advice, examples, pictures and really fun people!

http://www.thejoyofshards.co.uk/links.shtml this one has a listing of a lot of different websites having to do with mosaics.
Mosaic Basics:

The thing you place on your surface is called tessarae. It can be glass, tile, china, buttons, jewelry, anything you can think of that can be glued to another surface.

You can cut your tessarae with a hammer, a tile saw, or nippers. My favorites are Leponitt wheeled nippers. They are very accurate if aimed correctly!

You may use a variety of adhesives, but I prefer using pure silicone, such as GE Silicone I or II, found at any hardware store, or, E6000 carried by Michaels. The silicone cures fairly quickly, which is nice, especially when working on a vertical surface. Both these also dry clear, which is nice if you want to do a glass on glass and put against light.

After curing for 24 hours, or whatever your directions say, you will mix grout with water, and grout the piece. Make it about the consistency of frosting, and "frost" the whole piece, with your hand, or a rubber spatula. Be sure you press the grout into all the little spaces between your pieces. Wipe off the extra with a slightly damp sponge. Or just use a dry rag, and start scraping the excess off. You will finish with the grout only in the spaces. A little haze left will wipe off the tessarae with a dry towel when completely dry. Use a grout sealer to seal the piece against stains. Be sure when shopping for grout, you buy "sanded grout". It is for use on spaces larger than 1/8". Grout comes in many colors, but you can also color it with paint mixed in with your water, or even paint it after its dry.

Many surfaces can be mosaic friendly. Just be sure to only use wood indoors as moisture will cause it to swell, and all your hard work will pop right off!

When using glass, you can turn an ice-cream machine into a tumbler by removing the inner paddle and tilting the bucket at an angle. Your newly cut glass will have the sharp edges knocked off and wont cut your fingers when working with it! Add water to just above the glass, add a little dishwasher detergent and let it spin for 3 or 4 hours.

Just be careful. If you find yourself enjoying this too much, you may have a mosaic addiction. It is very hard to ever come back from this condition. Enjoy!

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Finished Pedestal

posted by: bamasusanna on 08.24.2007 at 04:59 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Yep.it's finally done..well,mostly.
I have been working on this for about a month. It's my first "big" project. I used thinset to adhere the pieces with. What an adventure that was! I started out using a small putty knife, it was hard to keep from slopping the stuff where it didn't belong. Then another artist told me to try an artists palet knife. Wow! what a difference that made. I still had some thinset to scrape off before I could grout this morning. I used a dremel to do that. Wasn't too bad, but next time I'm cleaning up as I go!
The grouting was a challenge. I did it all at one time, taking about 2 hours. I didn't wipe the haze off of it soon enough. Now I'm really having to scrub to get some of it off. Once thats done, I'll wait a couple of days then seal it well.
I'm thinking about making a bird bath with this. I need to find a large clay saucer for the top. I'm just going to paint it cobalt blue. No more glass since the pedestal is so busy.
I have 2 more of these chimney tiles to do. The next one will have more of a design.
These pictures show both sides.
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done yeah!!!! (Follow-Up #71)

posted by: hrsg on 08.30.2007 at 07:50 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Just finished!
Close up of glass:
WIPcloseup1

Whole Piece:
WIPComplete

Here is a link that might be useful: Larger Picture

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Leaf Casting Bench

posted by: flowrpowr on 06.13.2006 at 10:55 pm in Hypertufa Forum

Hello Tufa forum. It's been awhile since I have posted in here, but I thought I would share a project that my Hubby and I did. Hope you like it! :)

Lori

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RE: Leaf Casting Bench (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: flowrpowr on 06.14.2006 at 10:15 pm in Hypertufa Forum

Ok, this might take a bit of explaining, I'll try not to run on too long.
First I made leaf castings and instead of building them up with sand underneath, I wanted them flat. I used portland and sand, because that gives such nice detail and no bubbles. I'm not sure if that is the best mix, I'm not really a tufa/concrete expert. :)
We built a rectangular frame for the top out of plywood and 2x4's. Use screws to hold it together, so that it can be unscrewed and taken apart. For the sides we sprayed the front of leaves with adhesive spray, and stuck them to the insides of the 2x4's. I wanted the leaf pattern to be on all sides of the bench. The adhesive works great, and keeps the leaves from falling into the mix, or getting concrete underneath the leaf.
Then we filled the form with regular concrete mix and colorant. We put reinforcement in the middle, and filled the box to the top. After the concrete set up a little, I added the leaves to the top. I was afraid they might sink, but they didn't. The were very thin to begin with, so they didn't weigh much. Then I took pebbles and gently pushed them into the concrete. I was afraid to try to rinse the pebbles off with water before the concrete set, so I was careful not to get too much concrete on them. I didn't know if it would come off once it had set. Actually, I knew it wouldn't come off once it had set.
I am pretty sure you could just the top the way I did my fossilized stepping stones , by pouring mix onto the leaves on the bottom, and flipping it over. But I had those nice flat leaves, and had to think up some way to use them!
As for the legs, I used the same spray adhesive technique and attached them to the inside of a concrete tube form. I think we put small tubes in the center before we poured the concrete, to take up space, so they wouldn't be so heavy.
I like natural finishes, but I have seen so many creative paint jobs on leaves in here, I bet you guys could probably come up with something really beautiful.
Billie, the rocks are hard to drill, but worth the effort. We used a hammer drill, with a masonary bit, (my hubby borrowed it from work). You have to run water on it to cool it, and it usually breaks a bit of the rock off as it breaks through, but that is hidden. I had them in my garden as stacked rock totems, which was o.k., but wasn't really thrilling me. Then on day, the light bulb went on in my head, and I thought, "Hey, what about a fountain, to go with that bench".
My poor Hubby, he puts up with so much. And he really helps me out with my crazy projects. If he didn't, that bench would probably still be sitting where I poured it. Just the top probably weighs about 200 lbs.! A word to the wise, if anyone tries the bench project, pour it close to where you are going to put it, because you wont be moving it too often!

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kitchen cabinet doors

posted by: kweenofkings on 08.01.2007 at 08:49 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Hi all, haven't posted in a while. We bought a new old house we have been renovating. In the kitchen there was an old cabinet with glass in the doors, thought you might like to see what I did with it.

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post your albums

posted by: nicethyme on 07.20.2007 at 07:37 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

lets make a thread of inspiration for everyone to enjoy!

Here is a link that might be useful: nicethyme's album

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Bro's Pedestal

posted by: slowmedown on 07.26.2007 at 10:30 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

This could use a final vinegar cleanup but I gotta go mow the lawn so here's the finished flue tile. W/deliver in a few days and pick up the other one and hope to do a better job on design. One of the big glass globs I put glitter glue on the back of fell out and I'll stick it in w/Silicon sometime today. Won't be using glitter glue.
Jim's Pedestal

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RE: welcome sueny!!!!! (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: sueny on 02.23.2007 at 08:14 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Hi ladyronnie,

Arkansas...mmm, that sounds nice and warm and snow free. Lucky you!

I'm 30 miles north of Syracuse in the area that has had national news lately about all of the snow. Matter-of-fact, if you miss the snow I'd be more than happy to send you some!

I spent 10 years in Buffalo all through junior high, senior high and nurses training. It has certainly changed over the years. We go there to buy stained glass supplies from a wholesaler, as well as every few years for a reunion of either nurses or schoolmates.

Happy glassing,
Sue

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Two projects finished

posted by: shades_of_idaho on 07.13.2007 at 01:53 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Hi, I have been sort of absent. Been so busy in the yard and my jobs. But I did take a little time here and there to finally finish the long narrow table I did for our bathroom. The top was done but the bottom shelf was not mosaiced and I had not grouted either. So now all of that is done and the table is back in the bathroom This picture is of it in the kitchen. I can not get back from it to get a good picture in the bathroom Our bathroom has black and white checked floor like the old 50's diners. LOL Hubby about choked when I said I wanted that on the floor. Well I love the floor and the bright table looks fun in there too.

Then I had bought this corner cabinet at a yard sale for $2.00. I had to put a backing on it and cut a plywood top for it and sealed it up well. Then did the mosaic on it. Finished grouting it last night. AND I did glue it down to the cabinet straight AFTER this picture was taken. GASP when I saw this uploaded picture I dashed to the kitchen to be sure it was setting on the base straight. It is so all is well but I am too lazy to get new pictures.

Chris

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RE: Making glass tiles - and (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: slowmedown on 07.12.2007 at 04:37 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I just LOVE your colors. How creative to do the abstract stripes. WONDERFUL. Hope you don't mind my using this thread to show you my faux Van Gogh. I brushed on black on the texture, wiped it off to leave just enough on the texture, then two coats of magenta and another coat of black. I have iridescent purple going, metalic green and purple glitter, which takes forever to dry. This is so much fun I can't stand it. Oh, just THINK of the possibilities. How about ribbons of metallic papers, or pretty tissue paper or the foils. Pinks and purples and greens are what I'm gonna make for now - those colors that don't exist on the market. Oooooooo - I LOVE this.
Magenta Faux Van Gogh

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Making glass tiles

posted by: bamasusanna on 07.12.2007 at 01:58 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I couldn't stand it. I had to try this today. Slow inspired me to try this!
I used clear glue chip glass (frost texture). I cleaned it really well and painted the texture side with metalic paints. After that dried, I painted again with a silver spray paint (it was all I had. I would've preferred black)I figured it would cover any areas I had missed and perhaps make the other colors deeper.
When that dried, I decided to cut it into smaller tiles.
When I cut from the front..smooth side, the paint kinda "tore" when I snapped it. So I turned it over and scored from the painted side. That worked great.

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Here is another piece of painted glass. I haven't cut it into smaller tiles yet.

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Pansy BB, almost done

posted by: nicethyme on 07.12.2007 at 07:18 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Well it's actually all the way done, but I'm making a stand for it (not mosaiced but decorative) out of a tin jardinare I bought last night at Micheals. so that combo will be the final pic.

here it is ungrouted. NOTE I put a nipple on it for shrty! LOL

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I mixed a light plum grout which I think makes the whole thing look like flowers stuck in cotton candy! But this is the first time I achieved a nice pattern in my fill and am pretty pleased over all.

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Homemade Gold tiles

posted by: slowmedown on 07.11.2007 at 03:37 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I'm so happy w/this experiment, I bought six or eight textured clear sheets at HobLob just now to adhere the gold leaf or silver foil to the backs. Pictured below were 6"X6" clear, textured glass that was in a gift pack from my DD. Couldn't figure out how I'd EVER use them. Had been planning to experiment w/the gold leaf but never found the time until CALAM mentioned the article in her borrowed book. Thanks for the push, CALAM. I'll be using this technique w/all kinds of colored foil or glitter paint in the future. Tip - It's easier to lay the glass onto the leaf instead of trying to lay the leaf onto the glass. Just lay the sheet of leaf down, line up your glass and drop it onto the sheet. After I got it covered, I painted it w/the red base coat that comes w/the gold leaf. When that was dry I painted it black. Although the picture doesn't do them justice, they REALLY look like gold tiles, and the textured glass really adds to the effect.
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door closeups

posted by: ba1je on 06.10.2007 at 08:10 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

mosaiced with stained glass and glass globs-grouted with lt brown grout. i have to say-without all the advice from this forum i could not have done this. used GeII silicone for glueing the glass and works well although must smoosh each piece of glass around to spread the glue and remove air bubbles...barb Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPhoto Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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Pre- grout... (Follow-Up #41)

posted by: linlee on 06.27.2007 at 07:25 am in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

It's really hard to photograph glass isn't it? Especially
the mirror type/iridescent...sheesh!!
Sorry for all of you dial-up users. I'll learn how to link one of these days.

I know it looks really dark. Originally the background was
to be an ivory iridescent till I got to thinking about the black grout. Thought that it would bring out the ivory instead of the flowers...? Too late now to change. ;o)
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gog wip pix...

posted by: linlee on 06.22.2007 at 12:20 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I'm almost finished with this. It's taking a little longer than I thought it would. It seems that the pieces are getting smaller and smaller as the work progresses...?

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Part 2 (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: ladyronnie on 06.27.2007 at 09:41 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

Next, use the paintbrush (or cardboard) to PUSH EPOXY AROUND to the edges and over the edges. I used the paintbrush also to paint the sides of the project with epoxy.
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It will run over onto your supporting surface. (Which reminds me, BE SURE TO PROTECT THIS SURFACE!! I should insert here: on a larger project without its own legs, you should place something under it to suspend it so the excess can drip off and not adhere your project to your work surface. I used wood blocks under the parts of my bathroom vanity. OR make sure you have plenty of newspaper or similar that can be torn away later. The funky edge this leaves can be dealt with, not to worry.)

Ok, next comes a weird pic. I am breathing LIFE into my project. Ok, not really! All those little bubbles will go away with a gentle application of carbon dioxide. The easiest way to do this is to EXHALE over the epoxy. Looks weird, works great. You will see the little bubbles just pop and disappear.
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Just keep doing this until no more bubbles appear. (I did this through a piece of pvc pipe over my larger project so I could move around easier. Yes, I got lightheaded because it took awhile! There is a way to do this using a bunson burner. I haven't tried that though.)

Some little bubbles up close:
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And a close-up after the bubbles are gone:
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That is basically it. The project will take a several hours to dry. It says in the literature how long at what temp and humidity level. The hotter the better. A couple other little things in the next post...

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Epoxy Tutorial with lots of PICS :)

posted by: ladyronnie on 06.27.2007 at 09:23 pm in Stained Glass & Mosaics Forum

I am making a new thread for this since the previous one got stale waiting for me to get this done! I did this on a very small project, a little 3" square coaster, mainly in the interest of the time I had to glue the tessarae. You would follow the same steps on a larger project. One thing that is very important, is that your project needs to sit LEVEL! And the bigger the project, the more important it is. So, that said, Here Goes:

First, arrange everything you need AHEAD OF TIME! I learned the first time around that not having something when you have epoxy ready to go is NOT GOOD!
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What you need: Your project
--two-part epoxy (resin and hardener)
--measuring cup (I used a tablespoon for small amount)
--container to mix in (straight sided)
--something to mix with (needs a straight side to scrape container sides, I use a plastic picnic knife for small amount)
--a piece of stiff cardboard or a throwaway paintbrush (I have a craft paintbrush that is getting stiffer and stiffer, but I keep using it)
--rubbing alcohol (the only thing that will clean up wet epoxy)
--a rag for wiping your hands, etc (to wet with ALCOHOL, not water)
--something to time for two minutes (watch or clock with second hand, kitchen timer, etc. Not in pic, I used clock on wall)

Measure EQUAL AMOUNTS of resin and hardener into your mixing container, (I quickly wiped out my measuring spoon with alcohol-rag), and begin stirring. Time stirring for TWO MINUTES.
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Be sure to scrape sides and bottom of container frequently. Use kind of a whipping action, like hand-whipping egg whites. Mixture will get frothy and even have little bubbles float into the air.

POUR mixture onto your project. You can pour it all in the middle on a small project, pour it all around on a larger one. You can see all the bubbles in this pic:
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To be continued...
(I just don't want to accidentally delete this whole thing before I post it! So I'll do it in a few parts.)

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