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Monday, January 02, 2006

Mosaic Finished...

The finished product with different camera settings. (Click on photo to enlarge) I am quite pleased!
The colours in the bottom one are pretty true.

It took me around 25 hours from start to grouting. It needs to be polished a few times to get rid of all traces of plaster. There were times when I wondered why I had decided to mosaic the bar. But as Mastermind goes, "I've started so I'll finish!"

The next job is to put mosaic round a few mirrors. Masochism!

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Blogger juliana said...

How beautiful!!

It took time, but it looks like it was so worth it!

2/1/06 2:37 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I am pleased for you. I wish I could run my hand over it. I'm a very tacTILE person.

2/1/06 3:24 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Wow! Good job:>

2/1/06 3:28 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ahhhh, absolutely wonderful! The colors fill my heart and make it soar.

beautiful job.

I envy you the satisfaction of being there when the restaurant opens, seeing everyone oooo and ahhh and knowing that it was your hands that made the music.

wow again.

2/1/06 3:43 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I told you so! This is amazing and it makes me want to buy more tapas! :) You'll be so glad you put the work into this because you'll be able to enjoy it every day for so long.

2/1/06 4:53 PM  
Blogger annie said...

It's a thing of beauty. Definitely worth the effort.

2/1/06 5:04 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

Great! It's not masochism, it's mosaichism!

2/1/06 5:08 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

(mosaichism... tee hee...)

I love this - well worth all your hard work!

2/1/06 5:15 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Juliana, yes definitely worth all the time it took!

Brian, I like that: tacTILE!

Thanks, Carla!

Yes, Hayden I can't wait to hear the customers' comments!

Andrea, if you can think of some unusual tapas, I will try and put them on the menu! I did mosaics in our other places but none as good as this one! I will enjoy polishing it every now and then!

Thanks, Annie! Once I'd started there was no going back! I just kept smashing tiles and sticking them on!

Viking! I love the "mosaichism"! You have a way with puns!
And Caro approves! Thanks

2/1/06 5:33 PM  
Blogger Shyha said...

Masochism? For sure! But a wonderful one! I've put tiles on the floor some time ago. Simple job one could think but it is not. I am so amazed by the work you did! It was surely worth the effort. And I am sure it wasn't masochism for you!

Have a great year 2006!
If I ever go to UK, I'll be your guest there. That's for sure!

2/1/06 7:04 PM  
Blogger iluvnyc said...


2/1/06 7:09 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

That's stunning...good on you! But around the mirrors as well? Enough already! (Not really...go for it - well worth the effort, I reckon.)

2/1/06 8:10 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Shyha, I am glad you have tried tiling. Mosaics are much easier. They just take very long.

THANKS, Iluvnyc!

Wendy, time is my main concern at the moment but I will try and do as many as I can.

2/1/06 9:09 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

what a great expression of you in your new place cream!!! love this! it conjures up images of shells, waves and wondrous delites! do more cream!

2/1/06 10:15 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

I tiled my bathroom floor when I moved in - it was a very small room, so it gave me an opportunity to try it w/o a very big commitment. I did a straight, simple job.

But ever since I've been keeping broken tile, broken pottery.... I want to do some outside mosaic some day.... I've got a big 5 gal bucketful of pieces...


This is very inspirational: and 24 hours of work? Not so bad at all. A modest investment in return for so much joy!

3/1/06 12:00 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Cream, it is stunning, wild, wonderful. Tapas by the sea.

Oh gee, I am so happy for you.

Did you do this all by yourself or did you get help?

Wait 'til I show this to ma cousine who dreams of doing work like this but for some reason doesn't get started.

3/1/06 12:55 AM  
Blogger PaulSketch said...

this looks AMAZING! It must have taken soooo long! Congratz on finishing it

3/1/06 1:54 AM  
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3/1/06 1:54 AM  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Wow...beautiful....thanks for sharing this!

3/1/06 4:03 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

WOW!!! Amazing!!

3/1/06 7:48 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Hayden, I always keep broken tiles, pebbles, glass beads...in case they may come in handy.

Gigi, I did it all by MYSELF, yeah! honest!
It was backbreaking, fingerslicing, kneejamming, brainwracking work but the result was worth it! Tell Ta Cousine, it is a piece of cake!

Paul, 25 long hours! Thanks!

Lyn, you're welcome! All you need is broken tiles, PVA glue, grout and time!

Thanks, Alina!

3/1/06 8:15 AM  
Blogger hobbes said...

Brilliant! AND you did it in 'hungry' colours. Niiiiice.

3/1/06 11:36 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Really great. I love the fact that you haven't used regularly shaped mosaic tiles. All those different shaped pieces within the constraints of the design are so attractive. Very reminiscent of Gaudi's Guell Park

4/1/06 1:30 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Thanks, Hobbes! I hope it makes my customers hungry.

I have "proper" mosaic tiles but for this one I've used broken and cut tiles so the effect would be original. There are some beautiful mosaics on the market nowadays.

4/1/06 4:07 PM  

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