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Offline JenWC

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Anyone Home?
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:20:54 AM »
Hi All,

I just joined this org and came straight to this group but see nothing new under mosaic sculpture. I've been recently inspired and would love to hear from others who are "putting the pieces together", so to speak. I only recently got back into making mosaics, after a long hiatus. What I've been considering lately has been the use of large pieces of styrofoam, gluing them together, painting with a rubber-type of paint that is used where I live currently (in Denmark) and then applying tiles.

Is anyone else doing this?
Anyone have pieces they would like to show?
Techniques to share?

This is NOT something I made, but here is a little inspiration for the 3 dimensional in you.

Offline wackt

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Re: Anyone Home?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2015, 08:21:17 PM »
Styrofoam makes a pretty good substrate actually, I personally dont like the whole rubber thing-although I know people who have done that, I dont trust it. Gorilla glue is great for styrofoam. then I like to cover with fiberglass mesh-wall repair tape which is self adhesive, then apply thinset over that. some people use a concrete mix. I will give some links here to projects I have seen done.  mine- a cross wip  a shriney type thing Im doing  This a link to a sculpture wip set by Nicethyme, it may be here somewhere not sure, but it shows the process she used to build it.  this is a link to an artist that uses the rubber type stuff you are talking about. shows her process and in comments she talks about the products.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Anyone Home?
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2015, 08:27:14 PM »
I might add  The absolute queen of mosaic sculpture, a lady Named Betty, uses a different process that can build large substrates for ANYTHING. fountains, benches, whatever you dream up. It uses diamond lathe and concrete. here is a link to her flickr, surf her photos to see process and discussion and some of her absolutely fabulous projects that people half her age would be hard pressed to do.

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Re: Anyone Home?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2015, 11:26:53 PM »
Welcome!  I'd love to see what you do once you get started.  Maybe you will inspire some of us to try it too!  ;)
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Re: Anyone Home?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2015, 04:20:31 PM »
Hi Jen and welcome!!  :wavey:

I like to start an armature with sometimes styrofoam and or aluminum foil and I wrap it in Apoxy Sculpt. This is a two part Apoxy clay and is wonderful to work with. It is a bit expensive so is better for smaller projects and yes it is weather resistant so its great for outside.
 This is a piece I made for the National Museum of Dance. The shoe is a fiberglass form and I added the figure using epoxy sculpt. You can see the in progress photos on flicker

En Avant by eggshelllady, on Flickr

This is the largest piece I have done. Apoxy Sculpt has adhesive qualities and you can apply your tess directly to the clay before it dries. You will have a bout a two hour working time. Or you can let you it dry and use you usual adhesive.

Here is another piece where I use the Apoxy for sculpting as well as adhesive. The figure and parasol are sculpted with Apoxy Sculpt

Cordelia by eggshelllady, on Flickr

Here is a link for Apoxy Sculpt.

Good luck with your mosaics and I am eager to see your work!   :)