As to me, I made a small weekend project in our studio. It is a mosaic tool cabinet top. At the end of the week I noticed that, unfortunately, water dripping from the plant that stands on the cabinet (despite the saucer underneath – who knew?) caused the wood to start rotting. So, I removed the mold, sanded and sealed the wood (if you can call it this – it’s just an IKEA cabinet :)) and then inlayed glass mosaic tiles on top of it. Since this is more functional than decorative element, I didn’t go nuts with the pattern and arrangement. For finer mosaics I’d have sanded the nipped edges; here I just turned them inside, so nobody gets cut :).
I got to try a new product with this mosaics, which was interesting. It is a premixed acrylic-based grout. Usually I use cement-based grout. This one has its pluses and minuses. Main plus – you don’t have to mix it, just open the jar. Main minus – it is very fine and hardly fills wider joints. When they say – no wider than 1/8″, they mean it. Also, when they say – no shrinkage, they don’t mean that :). There is actually about 15% shrinkage after drying. So, I had to apply it twice. Other than that, it is a nice product. It is called “Simple Grout” :).
The cabinet now is back to life, which I’m glad about. It holds a lot of our tools and parts. The fabric drawer tags are handmade from polymer clay and mica powders and sewn into the drawers using metallic thread. Man, was I glad I had a thimble when doing this! 🙂 I’d have had many nice little holes in my fingers if I didn’t. What looks like rivets on the tags are actually headpins. If a person makes jewelry, it’s certain that she’ll try to use findings everywhere :).
So, what have you been up to this weekend? I’d love to hear!