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Look what I can do! (I twirl around as I say this!)  I blogged about this in July 2009, feel free to see other mosaic ideas in the post.

Labels: garden, mosaic, recycle, renew, tutorial

Ok, picture me twirling with joy as I tackled a mosaic project that I have been saving up pieces and parts to do, for over a year. I had the obligatory box of broken china, but also a nice collection of Lake Erie Beach glass, and boxes of glass for flower vases. on a recent trip to Loews I was oggling the ceramic choices, when I spied some inexpensive panels that had my pool and chair colors. I think it was called Calypso, I just had to have them, but once again, didn't really have a project in mind, till I remember the old piano bench I had been kicking around, that was snatched off a tree lawn two winters ago.

I laid the tile on to see if it would fit, and though the surface was crumbling, I found a piece of chipboard that hubby cut to size for me.

The steps were so easy, I am sorry I waited so long to tackle it. First I glued down the main squares, centering them, with mastic, glue for tile. I began to layout some of my treasures, and after a day of tinkering, I began to glue them down, using clear tile mastic, so that the glass pieces would show what was underneath, the wood tones, mimicking the look of sand on a beach of course.

Then, the next day, today as a matter of fact, I enjoyed a day of peace and quiet with kid and hubby gone. Sitting on the back porch, with my garden for inspiration, I mixed up the white grout, making a pasty texture, and wearing gloves I smooshed it in all around the little pieces and chunks of tile, taking a wet sponge to smooth things down. As it dried, I repeatedly wiped to keep the glass showing and the levels smooth. I forged ahead and finished several items, all working quickly to go back and rub with a web sponge, and then a final polish with a towel. I love the results!

Above, was a little table my girl friend tackled, it cleaned up real pretty, but don't have the final pic!
I finished our mosaic projects with a grout sealer, and since this gets some weather, it should be recoated yearly.  I bring this table inside in the winter, and it holds my geraniums for overwintering.

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