Wednesday, August 5, 2009

BROKEN CHINA MOSAIC "HOW TO" ADDED ~ GROUTING 101

I have finally finished the detailed instructions on grouting! Woohoo! I have added it to my How To's page. You can view the How To Grout Your Mosaic Surface here.

As always, you can access my How To's by click on the How To's collage located at the top of the left side margin (under the clock), that will take you to the table of contents.

I always stress that it is best to start small. A lazy susan is inexpensive and ideal. You can also try a small wooden tray. Believe me, you will learn much from the experience and be more confident when you tackle your more cherished piece.

I know there is quite a bit of information there. Please do not feel intimitaded by it. Most are helpful hints. Once you get started, you will quickly develop your own methods and practices. It truly is easier in practice than on paper, or in this case...monitor. ha!

My objective in offering this information is to assist you in creating an heirloom piece; one that you will be proud to have made; one that will be cherished and last for many years to come.

At the very least, you will be more aware of what to look for if you are considering purchasing a mosaic piece. As I've said many times before, your hand will be the best judge of quality in the craftsmanship of the piece.

As you glide your hand across the surface of the mosaic, it should feel good to the touch. If it is rough, uneven, jagged or sharp, your hand will let you know instantly.

If there is something I may have overlooked or a topic you would like more information on, please do not hesitate to ask.

Good luck and happy creating!

37 comments:

Shelia said...

The table is beautiful! You really do great work!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Wow you did a fabulous job on the tutorial! I love more detail when it comes to showing how something is done. I hate getting in the middle of something and then coming up against a snag and not knowing how to fix it! I think your directions will keep that from happening! The table is just beautiful and I love the chalkboards in the other post below also- Just love you blog!

blessings
mary

Connie said...

My daughter, Nan, does mosaics also and had to stop for a while because "nipping" the tiles caused her stress in the arms, sugar, so be careful. She hates the grouting part because of drying out her hands.

Your items are gorgeous though, honey!

xoxo,
Connie

someplace in thyme said...

Beautiful as always, I wonder what you will do with that gorgeous table, Oh, the decisions we have to make, Char

grannyann said...

Thanks for the information.

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Tina; I just love your blog, and the how to's. I have been learning so much from you... How sweet and kind of you to share so much with us all, not many would do that,,,,, for free even... so I thank you so much. I just adore your work.. one day I hope to be as good as you are.... Your table is so beautiful...

Hugs;
Alaura

Bill said...

You did a really beautiful job. Thank you for sharing the creative tips and explaining the technique! Almost makes me want to drop one of my favorite vintage china plates and break it ... almost! ;)

Creations from my heart said...

Tina,
Thanks for stopping by today. Your work is beautiful! I may need to try my hand at some grouting. I'v done my kitchen backsplash but not anything like this. Blessings...Sherry

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

That is so nice of you to share the How to's on Mosaic. I would love to give it a try someday.I just have to mark your blog so I can find you if I do get around to it.
Hugs!
Sonia

Sue said...

You sure do some great work, Tina! Thanks for the tutorial, too. I have to do a mosaic project someday. Another thing for my list...LOL
You asked about the longest yard sale- in case no one e-mailed you, here is the link- http://www.127sale.com/
I made plans to do it last week, but they fell through. Went yard sale-ing locally instead and had fun.
:-) Sue

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Love this table! You do gorgeous work, Tina! Susan

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