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Looking Back

Here are a few mosaic tile light switch covers and incense burners from a year long phase.

Some pieces have sold, while others are sold on simply-sugar.com

Glass on glass tomorrow!

Happy New Year!

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The Big Kitchen Renovation of 2012

After a year of historic renovation, the dust still settles everyday it’s just less.

Not for the faint at heart;)-

The kitchen has to one of my favorite rooms … there was so much riding on it.  Read more ….

Blessings to our band of brothers @ Tom Barsness Construction … you guys rock!

Four brothers and each of them with a different area of expertise. Amazing craftsman!

Did what they said they were going to do only better! Over the Top!

Wait until you see the deck!

Remembered to take Before Photos!
Remembered to take Before Photos!

Setting Up Shop

If someone had asked me how many mosaic tile supplies there are in my studio, my answer would have been 2 maybe 300 variations of tile and glass.

Well, our Etsy shop just reached our 100th item (whew!) and I haven’t even nicked the surface.

I’m finding that the most difficult thing about posting on Etsy is going through the motions to post an item only to realize that I’m not ready to part with it.

Release.

Relinquish.

Did someone say pieces?
Did someone say pieces?

Do You Have Any Fairies Lying Around?

That was an actual question that was posed to me this past week.

Scary thing is … I think I do have a fairy or two lying around …

I just can’t find the little buggers … they must be hiding;) Fairies do that, you know.

plastic-figurines

So, Alice … the fairies are indisposed but I do have a colony of plastic rabbits, drive thru plastic toys and the Three Stooges minus Moe … maybe he’s with the fairies.

I’ll keep looking!

More Than Slightly aMused

Sigmund Freud
The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy. ~Sigmund Freud, attributed

Going through blog archives and realized how proud and grateful I am.

So many life experiences, over the last 3 years, and I’m still here to talk about it.

Seems that I have conquered the final hurdle of wondering whether people like me or not.

You either do or you don’t.

If sharing my journey alters your choice to buy what I’m selling, we should both be grateful.

I’m just a girl sharing random thoughts.

I have my health, kids, a home, a dog, a job, lists, people that love me and people that don’t.

Decided that my favorite part of blogging is having the journal I always claimed I would keep.

Turns out that it’s really cheap therapy.

Checking In

traveling
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Declaring myself a true gypsy, after being on the road for over half the year.

BTW … this isn’t “Life Styles of the Rich & Famous”we work while we’re wandering around.

Returning to the place you call home is overwhelming!

Who needs all this stuff?

Wondering where to begin.

Finishing this blog post is a good start!

Have a great day:)

You Can Take It With You

Took a few mosaic tile minutes today and found a really cool blog called  My Boho Life & their funky 9 foot Mosaic Tile Backsplash.  

I find myself dreaming about having a mosaic tiled backsplash one day:)

Then I ran across this Lowe’s mosaic tile video. Short, sweet and easy to follow …

but …

Did you know that if you measure the backsplash area and cut a piece of 1/2″ concrete backer board into workable sections, you can arrange unique mosaic tile designs, glue the pieces, grout and seal the entire project on a FLAT surface. Wouldn’t recommend a 9 foot section but 3 foot will work.

Then all you have to do is attach the finished pieces, to the backsplash area, using the holes that you’ve pre-drilled and kept free from grout.

Easier on your back plus you can remove it and take it with you, if you choose.

Happy Gluing!

The Art of Gluing

The Best Glue for the Job

Top 3 Adhesives

After trying all of the adhesives on the market these have to be my favorites.

E-60001. E-6000 my clear adhesive of choice, when working with glass on glass.

This is a toxic adhesive that is not recommended when working with children.

glass-on-glass-art
E-6000 is a great adhesive for glass on glass projects and so many more applications but … it’s very TOXIC and STINKY but it will permanently bond: wood; metal; glass; fiberglass; ceramic; leather; rubber; vinyl; and most plastics. Always work in a well ventilated area when using E-6000 and let it cure for a few minutes before gluing surfaces together.

DIRECTIONS & TIPS FOR USING E-6000:

Apply E-6000 directly to each surface to be bonded.

Note: E-6000 hardens by solvent evaporation and forms an immediate bond that is difficult to reposition after both adhesive coated surfaces are placed in contact with each other and sufficient pressure is exerted to establish full contact.

SPECIAL TIPS: To extend life of product, be sure cap is secured back to original position. Use a toothpick as a disposable applicator for very small applications such as beading. Remove, recap and allow plastic nozzle to dry. Remove dried product from nozzle by pulling out through threaded end and reuse nozzle.

SAFETY FIRST: You can never predict what glass will do when you are working with it. When gluing glass on glass with E6000 when it’s stuck … it’s really stuck. NEVER and I mean NEVER try to remove glass from glass, once it has set up with one of these glue. Always wear safety glasses!

2. Weldbond Adhesive – The Kid Friendly Glue

There are so many reasons why Weldbond is my adhesive of choice for indoor mosaic tile and found object art projects.

Weldbond

  1. It’s non-toxic and has no smell.
  2. Great for projects with kids.
  3. Weldbond dries clear … in most circumstances.
  4. Easy to remove mistakes
Weldbond says this about their wonder glue …. A unique product, WELDBOND is more than an adhesive. It’s also a powerful universal primer for porous surfaces. It’s a weather-proofer, dust-proofer, hardener, and bonding agent. Just mix WELDBOND with sawdust, grout, cement or plaster and be amazed at the tremendous strength this product! Non-toxic and dries clear making it a perfect adhesive to use when crafting with kids. Dries to a clear, flexible bond.
Weldbond
Weldbond works great on wood!
What you may want to consider when using Weldbond …
#1 Excess puddles of Weldbond will not dry clear so you will see it behind the glass. If that wasn’t the object then no problem.
#2 Suggest brushing Weldbond onto the glass pieces, carefully with your finger or paintbrush and secure them to the glass with a little wiggle … to help dry clear.
#3 With Weldbond you have a fighting chance of prying pieces off of the glass with the utmost of care … with E-6000 you don’t.

and then there’s Mastic

… available at home improvement & tile shops.

Mastic is a non-slip high performance, smooth spreading mortar formulated for interior installation of all types of ceramic wall & floor tile.
Mastic keeps things from slipping … especially good for terracotta, concrete, back-splashes and larger projects!
Don’t forget to clean up excess mastic around the edges.

You Can Glue It but …

Patience, my dear.
I know you want to get’r done but in the end you’ll be thankful that you waited until it dried.
Trust me.

Thanks for sticking around!

When in doubt… read the directions.

Mosaic Tile Artists

When Life Smashes Things To Bits

You can glue it back together to make something beautiful with the pieces!

CLICK HERE Back in stock!

Iridescent Stained Glass Tiles are authentic stained glass with a lustrous rainbow-like play of color that changes as the angle of view changes.

Use whole or cut with a Wheeled Tile Nipper. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of each piece and it will stick to any clean (dry) surface. Each piece is approx. – .75 in x .75 in x .125 inches

3/4″ Glass squares are hand-cut … which means the stained glass tile pieces are random in nature and are not perfectly squared. (with the exception of the white iridescent tile which has a clean beveled edge)

Cost: $12.00 per pound + shipping / Live in the Twin Cities Metro Area? Contact us to arrange pickup and save on shipping!

FAQ: How much mosaic tile do I need?

Rule of thumb …  it takes 218 uncut –  3/4″ inch glass mosaic tiles to cover 1 square foot. That’s factoring in a grout line that is approximately 1/16″ inch. If you cut the tile, or add bits and pieces to your project,  you won’t need as much tile as you think.

1/2 lb. bag of 3/4″ tiles holds approximately 72 tiles.
1 lb. bag of 3/4″ tiles holds approximately 145 tiles.

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In progress…watch for NEW things coming soon!