15 August 2008

A NEW CRAFT EXPERIENCE
I spent two days this week at the Seed Pod Studio in Broadacres, Johannesburg this week learning a new craft, namely Mosaic. We wanted a small table and chairs for our balcony leading off the bedrooms upstairs, where we could sip a sundowner during those hot summer evenings.
Well, if I knew that mosaicing is so taxing on the hands, I probably would not have been so adventurous in tackling a table top, first time round. Some of the tiles I used were seriously dense and very tough to clip/cut into smaller pieces, some pieces being smaller than 0.5cm. I had blisters on nearly every finger after the first day and improvised a bit more for my second day by putting a plaster round every finger to cushion the onslaught of those clipping tools.
STAGE 1

STAGE 2

STAGE 3

STAGE 4

After Stage 4, the next step was the grouting.

But the blisters were all worthwhile in the end. I love the gecko crawling on my bistro tabletop and I am sure he will join us for every single sundowner. The next step is to do the two chair seats that goes with the table, but I am just giving my hands a good rest first.

THE FINAL PRODUCT

I just love this newly acquired craft and have already got a whole list of things lined up that I would like to mosaic. This could become a monthly 2-day stint at the Seed Pod. But, for now, I have to get on with my scrapping and BOM Challenge which is lagging.
- Finger battered signing off

16 comments:

  1. Oh wow Desire, that is absolutely stunning!!! I just love the gecko - he is georgeous.

    Well done and I look forward to seeing the finished chairs once your fingers have recovered.

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  2. Anonymous8:24 PM

    Desire, you amaze me! I think your table is stunning and can't wait to see the chairs. Don't think I am tough enough to do this hobby but I think hubby might be very interested. Thanks for sharing.
    Love
    Carol (the other TP)

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  3. That is one gorgeous table, Desire - well done!!

    I am planning to do some mosaicing (is there such a word?) but I plan on using the pre-cut squares as I cannot see myself cutting tiles into pieces for 4 or 5 hours - too much like physical labour for me - although when I see your table I see the benefits of a job well done ...

    Love,
    Tracy

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  4. Hi
    I saw your mail again on my aloe site. I enjoyed going through your art. My grand daughter is in this line too. I keep the links for her when she visit. She is in Windhoek.

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  5. Your table looks gorgeous, always wanted to try this craft, but for now will keep it added to the list of many things to do!

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  6. Beautiful art work!

    I love mosaic!

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  7. Wow this looks fabulous,

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  8. Hi Desiree thank for leaving a comment on my blog, I've just googled a 'Grinadella flower' and can see that it is indeed what we call in the UK a 'Passiflora' (passion flower) this picture was taken of one of the flowers that bloomed in my garden a few weeks ago, sadly the plant is past its best now due to all the rain we have had :( your mosaic table is absolutely stunning, I'm looking forward to seeing the chairs when they are done too :) Donna x

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  9. jacki janse van rensburg10:11 PM

    wow, your table is beautiful. i might give it a try, too. you make it seem like fun.

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  10. Whew - Sharp intake of breath!
    This is stunning - how talented!

    Dawn

    P.S I love your slide at the top - gorgeous pictures

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  11. Wow! Your table looks great Desire! You're a very brave woman to attempt such a big project to start with. I've been wanting to learn to mosaic too bu I've been thinking along the lines of coasters to start with! :)

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  12. WOW ! stunning, and thank you to Michelle for telling me it was a gecko, just love the colours you have used, and like the others look forward to seeing the chairs.
    Jose

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  13. Dis verskriklik mooi Desire!!

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  14. Stunning table darling teacha! But very sore on the hands, I know. I've been trying to finish my mosaic snail for a while now! Need to get my A into G I guess....seeing that you've finished your table.

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  15. Hierdie is my eerste besoek aan jou blog Desiré! Jou tafeltjie is pragtig wat jy gemaak het. Het jy die tafeltjie ook by Seed Pod gekoop? Ek het ook so 'n kuierplekkie voor my kamer wat ek so 'n tafeltjie met mosaiek wil doen. Ek het reeds stoele. Die mosaiek en digital scrapbooking gogga(s) het my ook so ongeveer 'n jaar gelede gebyt. Baie lekker stokperdjies!!

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  16. It's so beutifull, I'm speachless... I love it.

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