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A little piece here, a little piece there…

This is the other project I’ve been working on. I’ve always wanted to try doing mosaics and I’ve collected some china from yard sales since the summer. I finally got around to breaking them up, bagging them and getting the rest of the supplies that I needed. I’ve also been collecting wooden trays, boxes, etc. from yard sales.

I was nervous since I have never done grouting or tile work of any kind, though I have seen it done lots of time on TV. Even with book in hand there was a definite learning curve to this project.

This is not yet finished. I just grouted it today and the wooden part needs cleaning up and finished so that it looks really nice. Still, I wanted to show you all what I was up to the last couple of days, among other things.

Things I learned so far…

Plates have subtle curves. Some are not so subtle. Be sure you use the pieces small enough to not have to deal with curves sticking up. (learned this too late, btw)

Plates often have rims around the back of them so that they sit nice and flat on your table. Those are hard to cut around because the china is thicker the closer you get to the rim. Keep this in mind when cutting/snipping your pieces. (found this out while cutting/snipping)

Tile adhesive needs to be thick enough to hold it down but you are not trying to embed the pieces. Don’t make it too thick so that it sticks up. (also learned this later)

Now…all that said… I also learned that grout covers a multitude of little booboos, but not all of them so be careful in the previous steps. 🙂

I’ll be finishing this up completely in the next few days. I want the  grout to set up completely before I start doing a little sanding on the wooden case. I haven’t decided if I wanted to stain it or paint it yet. I’ll update this post with the finished one when it’s done.

I know, those looking at it who have done this before, will be able to find all the little booboos and things that should have been done a little better, but I love my little tray. It came out so much better than I was afraid it would and I’m very happy with how it came out for a first try. I love the colors and the plate patterns. I wanted those plates for something for myself the moment I saw them. This tray will be in my bedroom and it makes me smile just looking at it even unfinished.



2 thoughts on “A little piece here, a little piece there…

  1. This tray makes everyone smile. It’s beautiful. I’ve done a couple of these and a frame for a mirror that I have yet to complete – like put in the mirror. I am going to take a picture of it right now (since I never have) and send it to you – maybe do a blog, and maybe even get some mirror cut and finish it! Wouldn’t that be special???

    But I wanted to tell you that I sanded my pieces before I glued and then grouted them. That way I didn’t have to worry about cutting myself on the sharp edges that didn’t make it into the grout. My frame is way more haphazard, and I used lots of weird pieces that were meant to stick out. There’s a movie, How to Make An American Quilt, where there is a wall that one of the ladies glues all her broken china (I think china that she threw at her husband), and it’s so wacky I loved it. Also there is a designer, MacKenzie Childs (I think) that makes funky broken-china pieces and sells them for a fortune. It’s more fun to make it yourself, as you now know, and certainly a lot cheaper.

    Your first piece is delightful, and you should be very proud. Thank you for sharing, and motivating me to go find my frame, photograph it, and FINISH IT!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA….Do you think this will happen? We’ll see….. Patsye

  2. Pingback: Mosaic Mirror Frame: Finishing An Old Project | whimseytopia

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