welcome to my blog!!!!

Thank you for dropping by....i will be blogging about my life in Devon by the sea-side, decorating my 1926 home, vintage treasure hunting from auctions, charity shops , recycling centres and the good old british car booty!! One mans rubbish is another mans treasure! baking, sewing, painting and probably the weather!!!! enjoy!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

My first mosaic

 My latest *make*.....after saving up plates forever...i finally tackled my latest project. This table was from the recyling centre and cost me £1.50. I had painted it with chalk paint and waxed it , but it's used as a foot rest and my grandaughters have a habit of scribbling over it.
 I got the plates from the recycling centre too, they must of cost me less than £5.00 and the nippers were about the same from E-Bay.

I really enjoyed doing it but I can't say its something I will be repeating as it was very painful on my hands.
 Its very satisfying to do...you wrap the plates in a quilt or towel and smash with a hammer.......
 Then use the nips to shape the china...you can make perfect little squares but I wanted it more free form...and with my hands I think that would of taken a hundred years!

 I found that by grabbing a handful of pieces and working fast the shapes seemed to fall into place whereas if I took my time and painstakingly sorted through the shapes it seemed to be much harder.

Here is the finished table....I have to wait 24 hours for the pieces to set before I can grout them.
I made a little heart from the handles of two cups, and I loved including the back stamps/makers mark . It's by no means perfect but for a first attempt I am sort of satisfied..