Philadelphia Public Art Project Part V

Welcome to yet another post about the progress made on the Philadelphia Public Art project.  This is part five of the creative journey.

Mixed sand-based grout.
Mixed sand-based grout.

For this grout and mosaic piece, I chose the sand-based and color Raven grout.  I hope it was not too bold of an idea but, I love the contrast of dark and light and I wanted to use pops of color from adding beads so that was the reason behind this tint of colored grout.

The start of grouting and working out some areas of mosaic.
The start of grouting and working out some areas of mosaic.

I started using gloves and then discovered for most parts, the best tool to use were bare hands. Art can be messy…why not?

Sometimes, the best tool to use is what you have on hand!
Sometimes, the best tool to use is what you have on hand!

I still have some cleaning up to do.  Mosaics is an art with many steps. I hope that you are also pleased with the progress at this point.  I can’t wait to start side two of my ArtBox.

Here is a select portion of my mosaic progress so far.
Here is a select portion of my mosaic progress so far.
Full length view of side one of my ArtBox.
Full length view of side one of my ArtBox.
Side one of the ArtBox Project.
Side one of the ArtBox Project.

Stay tuned. Please visit this blog again to see how the other sides of this Artbox develop.  I am happy that you are interested in this progress and I appreciate your comments shared below.

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Art Project Part lll

Cut shards will make a great mosaic creation.
Cut shards will make a great mosaic creation.

Today I worked a bit on my Philadelphia Art Project.  This is the third post on the topic. I hope you are enjoying this creative journey along side of me.

Here I am...ready to start making the transformation of this newspaper box into an ART BOX.

In preparation of this Philadelphia Art Project Challenge, I had to get a few new tools to help me transform this newspaper box.  Today, I blog about two of the tools that made my tile cutting much easier.

Two types of tile knippers are useful.
Two types of tile knippers are useful.

Two useful tools that came in handy for the initial start of my project challenge are the tile nipper and a dual blade glass tile nipper.  I found the wheel nipper to be the best tool so far.

Notice the two wheels that are sharp to cut (break) the tile or plate.
Notice the two wheels that are sharp to cut (break) the tile or plate.

The wheel nipper is great for removing small pieces of glass or tile and mosaic.  This dual blade design is for increased precision in shaping tiles up to 1/4 inch thick.

A Learning Curve is always a factor to consider when working with a tool for the first time. I learned two things. First, pace yourself when working. I was so excited to cut my elements that I spent a few hours in non-stop mode. My hands were shaking by the time I finally stopped. I needed some recovery time from the clamp pressures my hands needed to use with the tool as well.

Secondly, if a wheel comes loose or off from the tool because of the use motion, it can be replaced and tightened easily with an  Allen wrench. These directions/suggestions are not written on the packaging. So much for trial and error and the courage to self-teach.

It's easy to repair and tighten a wheel if it works loose.
It’s easy to repair and tighten a wheel if it works loose.

My vision in part for my ArtBox will include areas of mosaic.  I needed the nipper tools to cut portions of plates that I wish to use to utilize their designs and incorporate those into my over-all design.  Simply done, the nippers are placed on the edge of a section and the handle is grasped for a crisp cut.

Snap! A plate is "cut".
Snap! A plate is “cut”.

Cutting adds up quickly once you get a feel for the tool and the amount of tool and hand pressure needed for a cut.  I picked out this pattern for the color variety and the dark background.  If you hunt a local thrift shop like I did, you may run across great deals on plates, or platters with patterns that are in a range of styles and colors.

Be on the look-out for a pattern or colors that grab your attention.
Be on the look-out for a pattern or colors that grab your attention.
The pile grows.
The pile grows.

Stay tuned and visit this blog again as the project continues to Part lV.  I am excited for the direction my vision and efforts are heading.

 

 

 

 

 

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