Monday, June 4, 2012

Skull appreciation day 2012: Beginners mosaics-Skull

So you wanna get into mosaics? Well I'm gonna be honest if you are willing to get messy and be willing to wait a day or two for it to dry then you are in luck.


What you will need:
Now craft stores have this wonderful thing of over charging for basic materials you can get at your local hardware store for less. I only advise that you read the labels and do a practice run before committing to working on any project. Which will save you from a headache.The videos below are basic ground rules on how to apply the glass or ceramic and clean up the finished project.

What to get at the craft store: *wood tile or wood cut out *glass & ceramic cutter *glass,ceramic squares(or pieces of glass or ceramic from left over dishes that you can take a hammer to at home).
What you can get at the hardware store: *wood finish(little 8oz can for $2) *Acrylpro tile adhesive or liquid nails with a tube gun) *Pre-mixed grout(comes in a million colors for $8) * 1 spreading tool * 1 paint brush for wood stain
What to get at the store * 2 sponges * plastic gloves * face mask and safety goggles *plastic bowl for mosaic use only

Step 1:
First things first paint your stain onto the wood. After it drys start using your adhesive by applying it or spreading it on the wood.
Don't forget your gloves and mask.
Step 2:
Now apply your pieces and if you need to cut your square a certain way use your tool on the ends of the pieces like so. Trust me if you use the tool in the middle you won't cut your square it will just hurt your hands.


Now here is the video from expert village on how to apply the pieces and the lady that does it almost sounds like a yoga teacher so I feel like I should be meditating or doing some pretzel move. Now coming back to the project arrange them the way you want it. So in my case I made a skull.
Step 3: After your adhesive is dry now it's time to apply the grout using your sponge. Once your grout is applied and has dryed it is time to clean up with the other sponge and water. Go over lightly and all the loose debree will come off.

18 comments:

Jenn Borjeson said...

Oooh - what a great idea!!

Lady Coral said...

Oh wow, what a great piece. Very creative, never would have thought of it

Andrea C said...

Very cool project and so different. x

GlitteryKatie said...

That's so clever!!! Fab!

Jane said...

A fantastic project looks fantastic

lisa aka b.creative said...

great inspiration! thank you! xxlisa

Laura B said...

Love your skull mosaic! So awesome.:)

Renee said...

I love mosaics (I have created a few). And I love your skull. It's fun hopping around looking at skulls, but it is even more fun when you surprised by the materials used. Thanks!

Susan said...

This is a wonderful piece! Thanks for sharing a how to, but sadly it wraps into your sidebar and is covered by the other stuff, so it was not able to be read. :(
Susan


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DK Spins said...

Such a cool mosaic Christine! Love it.

Steph said...

Love your mosaic. I've always wanted to try creating a mosaic, Ijust love the look but have never been brave enough. I will have to watch those videos and check it out, thanks for sharing.

~Lady B~ said...

Cool skull mosaic! Totally unique and awesome! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I would love to give this a try. Happy Skull Appreciation Day :)

Ms. Ruin said...

Now THAT is awesome! I am just not patient enough to ever do this but I totally admire your for doing this. :)

Kristina said...

Wow this is really really cool! I have always wanted to try out mosaics. I just havent had the time to just sit down and do it. But I just love how your skull mosaics turned out! You did a great job, very impressive!
Peace,
KristyLee

KC said...

this is awesome! and thanks for the tutorial I'm sooooo going to have to do this!

Julia said...

Great idea!!!! Lovely.
Hugs,
Julia

febe said...

Thanks for sharing. :)

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Alison said...

This is great! It's something I haven't really done much of, myself. But you did a great job. And I love the background of your blog!