Lots of Grout and quite a few beers too ......
We had absolutely beautiful weather this past weekend.
It was crystal clear blue skies and a lovely day time temperature of 65 degrees.
Great for gardening work, which I did none of .
Great for enjoying a couple of nice dark English beers, which I did a lot of.
But also great for working on the glass mosaic project with both garage doors wide opened to the beautiful weather
“The Wall “ ( and yes, I did play Pink Floyd music , The Wall , while grouting the hours away) was completed this weekend.
I still have the two small side walls to build, paint, epoxy , scrape, but I can do that during the evening hours this week and have them ready to grout by next weekend.
The most labor intensive part of the project so far is the scraping off of the epoxy that inevitably gets smooshed onto the face of the glass.
You have to let it dry to just the right consistency so that it is not gooey but just hard.
But not so had that it can chip out the glass if you scrape it with a little too much pressure.
This picture below shows me removing some of the excess grout - note the ever present dust and fume mask.
A close up of the cleaning process.
You can see the area that I am working on has the thin skin of grout covering the glass removed ( the yellowish area ) and the area out at the edges still is drying and has not been rubbed clean.
Almost done. You can see some hazy areas and some touch up areas.
All done. - The grout towads the outer edges hasn’t cured out to its final color, (it becomes a bit more orange chocolate rather than just dog poop brown.
You can see the razor blade scraper, which was my constant companion for at least 8 hours during the scrape off the epoxy phase , and the glass/ grout buffer.
Now down to Home Cheapo to purchase some 2x4’s to build the two side wall frames and purchase a sheet of Hardie Backer Board.
I have enough paints to complete the side walls but need to get more tempered glass and more sparkle paper and glitter.
Off to the store !
Next project will either be making the Buddha head light box that fits into the center of the hole in the glass moasic wall and connecting in the water weir.
Or it could possible be starting on the Venetian plaster shower walls with the Balinese / Thai pebble inset.
Who knows ? - Depends on when certain materials arrive by mail.
See you around the studio !
Happy Solstice 2014!
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