Monday, November 23, 2009

Measure Twice, Cut Once, Part I

It is back to the drawing board to design 5 feet of back splash for our front bath redo.

This is the second trial before firing where I used a glass paint and then sprinkled some powdered glass over the wet paint. It did not work out like I hoped. More than anything else is the fact I cannot draw very well and paint bled underneath the stencils. lol It was back to the drawing board again.

But, when using a powdered glass, you need to wear one of these. You do NOT want powdered glass in your lungs.

I came up with another idea that does not require drawing. I cut a pattern to make sure the dimensions are correct. The tile is 4 x 6 inches and 10 are needed.

Cutting the 4 x 6 tiles.

Twelve 4 x 6's are stacked, giving me two extra to use for testing and samples.

After cutting, the grinder is used to knock off irregularities on the edges.

To keep the lines straight when firing, the tile is stacked upside down. Not to waste a firing on just one piece, the glass squares on the side will round and be used as accents in other projects, maybe even this one.

Aha. This looks very promising. The middle requires a design, but this the basic tile.

You see! The squares became dots.

Stay tuned for Part II because I'm off to cut the next layer of glass for 10 tiles. The second layer will required 5 separate pieces of glass.

Until next time, God bless.


Rae said...

Can't wait to see the finished product. Looking good so far.

DJan said...

You are SO TALENTED! Every time I turn around you are doing some other craft or other. Very nice! I also can't wait to see the finished article.

AL said...

Finished with the scarf? Well you did well with that! Try and try until you succeed. Waiting for the output.


Lily Robinson said...

It won't be long until the bathroom is finished! Can't wait to see the new backsplash!

SquirrelQueen said...

Wow, I am impressed and I second DJan's comment, you are so talented. It is going to be great, I'll be waiting for part II.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Decisions, decisions! I'm sure it will be gorgeous when it's done.