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Trash to Treasure: Part 7...HOW TO Make faux sea glass

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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

November 19, 2007
2:02 PM

Post #4209507

Coming from our previous thread:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/784510/

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UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2007
5:41 PM

Post #4210348

Whoa Ho!!!! Wouldn't that make a beautiful dragon body!!! Just an observation. :-)

Janet

I took all of my tumbled (not by me) glass and made a planter for some coleus. Some of you might have seen this one elsewhere, but it definitely belongs in these threads. :-)

Janet
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 19, 2007
5:43 PM

Post #4210353

I suppose actually ADDING the image would be helpful. HAHAHAHA

Having a blond moment,
Janet

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dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2007
9:38 PM

Post #4211068

katiebear Thanks for the info on the tumbler. I will check out Ball Mills N Rock Tumblers. I like the idea of getting rid of the sharp edges before using . Imagine, no more nicks. I've covered 6 balls and have more to cover, but will probably wait until after I decorate for Christmas. That takes a lot of time.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 21, 2007
10:01 PM

Post #4218229

Hey Y'all, I'm considering bidding on that very tumbler on Ebay. I'm still waffling, but wanted to make sure I'll not be bidding against any of you should I decide to go ahead and buy myself a Christmas present. :-P
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 22, 2007
3:52 AM

Post #4219239

LaLa, there are several tumblers on Ebay exactly alike.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 22, 2007
4:37 AM

Post #4219368

Faye most of them are "Buy Now" but there's one of the 35 lb. Ball Mills N Rock Tumblers tha is up for auction.

Oops nevermind. It just soared way out of my budget.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2007
4:06 AM

Post #4221337

Sorry Lala, Keep watching, your turn will come.
YBF Faye
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2007
10:22 AM

Post #4221666

Thanks Faye, he just listed another one so I've got another shot at it. I JUST got my income tax refund back (can you believe that?) and I've earmarked it for a tumbler ...that is after everybody who's willing to pay $300 for one gets theirs first. LOL
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 24, 2007
2:54 AM

Post #4223915

$300. Gosh, I would never have one at that price. Mine was $174. and I thought that was bad. Google..Ball Mills N Rock Tumblers...All sizes
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 24, 2007
4:11 AM

Post #4224093

Oh you got one Faye??! Yippee for you! What size did you get? I did google it actually and all hits led me back to Ebay...did you find them somewhere else?
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 25, 2007
2:37 AM

Post #4226531

Lala, Yes I ended up on EBay and got the 15 lb. Tumbler plus the smaller barrel. I found this to be my best bet of getting one. Good luck. Oh, don't have it yet, but is ordered.
Faye
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

November 29, 2007
5:29 AM

Post #4241935

Hi All I just got back from Portland ..
The HF mailer was here The double Tumbler on sale again at HF.
Cheryl
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 30, 2007
10:55 PM

Post #4248143

The HF mailer was here The double Tumbler on sale again at HF.

What is HF? How much is the double tumbler? what size?
Thanks, Faye
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

November 30, 2007
11:12 PM

Post #4248198

Hey Faye,
HF= harbour freight my HF tumbler is 3 pounds so i'm guessing 6 for the double.
So are you tumbling with that monster one you ordered yet? :)

Kim
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2007
1:04 AM

Post #4248592

Hi Kim, no not here yet. I won't know how to use it when I do get it. LOL and now I'm looking for a kiln and have no idea how that works...Going back to what's been said before, "It's Wuvie's fault" I love all the talent shown on T to T and want to do most of it. One thing I'm counting on is Wuvies good instructions...THANKS Wuvie.
lizh
N.C. Mts., NC
(Zone 6b)

December 1, 2007
1:26 AM

Post #4248681

Do you think this double tumbler is a good one to start with. The one on sale at HF ? I have never tumbled anything but think I would like to do this. Thanks.
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2007
1:29 AM

Post #4248691

Faye you are soooooo right!! Because "It's Wuvies fault" I got a tumbler..and a kiln..It needs some work. I don't know how to use a kiln ..but I sure want to ..and Wuvie will teach us :*).Ha ha ha ha...all her fault.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2007
1:46 AM

Post #4248750

Yep Wuvie's fault and don't we just love her...just couldn't do without Wuvie..
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2007
1:47 AM

Post #4248756

YES!!!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 1, 2007
1:55 AM

Post #4248784

lizh
I have the double tumbler .. I think its a great started warning the belts from HF suck ...but you can buy a hoover vac belt and cut it into 4 belts they work great its belt # 38528-035 you get 2 in a package for around $2.00
Cheryl
lizh
N.C. Mts., NC
(Zone 6b)

December 1, 2007
2:11 AM

Post #4248839

Thanks so much Cheryl. I think I will order that one.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2007
2:43 AM

Post #4248948

I may wish I had ordered the smaller one, only time will tell. I do have lot's of bottles and hope I'll be able to do something with them. I think I need a kiln...
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2007
2:51 AM

Post #4248970

Faye I got a kiln off craigslist.. it needs new elements but I could not beat the price free.
It's on the kiln related post.I just want so much to slump/ fuse glass. It will take a litle time to get the elements.. not cheap.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 1, 2007
3:28 AM

Post #4249083

I noticed somebody on eBay had a kiln element up for auction. You might check there.

katiebear
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2007
3:49 AM

Post #4249134

hello katiebear :)
i checked out those elements on ebay still don't have a clue..i think that i need a lot of them.
i will check the kiln in the morning ..thanks again!! i am so clueless he he.

Kim
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 1, 2007
4:37 AM

Post #4249291

Kim have you started up your kiln ..you might not need all the elements.
Cheryl
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 1, 2007
4:41 AM

Post #4249309

No I have not...that would help told ya I need help ;~)
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 1, 2007
1:15 PM

Post #4249775

Kim,
I went back and looked at your new kiln .. its really in good shape.
you do know that you can use it with or without the top ring.
I couldn't really tell what kind of plug it uses but if you can plug it in set the controls on low for about 30 mins to heat it up slow and dry it out .If you have any kiln posts prop the lid open a little. Peek inside to see what elements are on.
Then turn it to med and wait a few mins and look again. Then hi all elements should be on ...
BECAREFUL and just peek ... Dont grab the kiln post it will be very hot & dont lay it down on anything that will burn.(don't ask)
To get it to turn on with out a cone ..set the timer flip the leaver up and push in the little button . Don't let the leaver fall hard just lay it down or it will kick off the kiln.
Heres a few links for your kiln

http://www.clay-king.com/images/l&l/jfeatures.htm

http://www.hotkilns.com/photos-j230.html

http://hotkiln.com/troubleshoot-general.pdf


Cheryl

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dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 2, 2007
1:36 AM

Post #4252103

gee whitakers...if I ever get a kiln, I'll not know beans about using the thing...don't even understand what I just read in the instructions above...how sad, how kiln dumb I am.
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 2, 2007
1:47 AM

Post #4252152

no worries Faye we will learn and you will get a kiln!

Cheryl thank you so much DH says he has to put a line in for the kiln
so I quess i'll be studying how to use it til then.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 2, 2007
2:57 AM

Post #4252390

Good luck Kim. Take notes and save them for me. I'll need all the help I can get. Lol
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2007
3:18 PM

Post #4253357

Dahtzu,

Trust me, I still have that feeling, and when you ask questions
you may end up feeling even moreso. I know I do. ;-)

It seems that unless everyone has the same exact kiln, it is
difficult to give and receive information which makes you feel
confident. My experience has been that using your kiln to get
an idea of how it feels and works is best.

For example, Cheryl's beautiful bowls with the tempered glass,
I've been wanting to make them for years. Finally bought a kiln,
gave it a whirl and ended up with an enormous melted paperweight.

Lesson learned? Not to listen to hubby's no kiln experience and
trust my gut. I realized that even though I was making a big bowl, each
of those tiny little pieces of glass were being exposed to intense and
incredible heat. Of course I could not expect them to melt beautifully.
I should have known they would not require much heat. Next time, not
as long and not as many of the switches.

It will just take some time, I'm traveling that road with you.

:-) KM
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 2, 2007
8:22 PM

Post #4254287

Karen,
What temps and time did you use ...
It does take a higher temp and hold time then stained glass or warm glass .. You do know you can fuse that stained glass you found .. not to each other but cut a piece and fuse to its self
E-mail me if you need help
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 3, 2007
1:47 AM

Post #4255450

Hi Cheryl,

It was indeed my fault, I was trying to wing it without a pyrometer,
without cones, just blindly flipping switches. LOL.

Hubby keeps asking what the holdup is on ordering the things
I need. I guess I'm just trying not to spend more than I have to, but
will just have to suffer and spend. ;-)

KM
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 3, 2007
2:52 AM

Post #4255734

Thank you, thank you, thank you . Please keep posting all experiences learning to use a kiln. I think many of us will benefit from your experiences.
Faye
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 3, 2007
3:28 AM

Post #4255918

Well The Kiln Gods were not nice to me today ..
I was doing a slump over cans to make candle holders & a few pendents on the shelf below them ..
One of the pieces I was slumping broke in half and fell on the pendents ...
and then the other one is stuck to the can ..
I did get 2 small pendents ..
Well ill try again tomorrow...
Cheryl
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2007
1:28 AM

Post #4258849

oh my...I don't even know what the term slump means...I'm so lost. way over my head.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 4, 2007
2:43 AM

Post #4259023

Hi Datz,

Slump is basically draped. Imagine a piece of chocolate melting in the sun,
taking the form of whatever it is melting on. For example, if you lay a piece
of chocolate bar on top of a calculator, it would 'slump' into the shape of
the calculator keys.

LOL. Silly example, but I'm sitting here looking at both, that is why I thought
of that. Does that help?

KM :-)
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 4, 2007
2:54 AM

Post #4259054

perfect example!!! Wuvie
i want to do this so much ...i took class on fusing... just a few hours
made some tiles and such..when we where done they sent us home...
and told to come back later to get our projects..boy they would not even show us the kiln :( bummer
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 4, 2007
3:48 AM

Post #4259240

dahtzu,
heres a link that you might like to look at
http://www.warmglass.com/basic.htm
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 4, 2007
4:07 AM

Post #4259312

Wuvie and All, anything you do and post will help me and anyone else who wants to do what you are doing. Thank you ALL!

Love that example Wuvie, that one I could see!
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 6, 2007
11:27 AM

Post #4267011

Hi everyone,ok heres a pic of mirror im making , will take another pic when its all grouted.how is everyone ?keep busy people, i know i am, been nearly a week on this mirror but i must say im loving making them.bye for now.

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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2007
12:29 PM

Post #4267101

Hello caro_uk,
very nice I love mirrors and yours is lovely! What color will you grout?Are the colored peices tile?
Kim
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 6, 2007
1:20 PM

Post #4267285

Hi kimarj,coloured pieces are broken china plates so are the white pieces,soon as this one is finished im starting an even bigger mirror making it for a friend of my hubbys,hes given it to his wife for christmas : )have you tryed making a mosaic?
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 6, 2007
1:35 PM

Post #4267355

Wow you are busy...someone is gonna have a nice christmas gift :)
I have made a fountain from broken botles and mirrors.If you look at the other recent post you will see it tiltled"if you close one eye and squint" ha ha...I still don't know how to link to a post yet. Show pics when finished!!
Kim
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
9:49 PM

Post #4268979

denimangle, thanks so much for the link...all help appreciated.
Faye
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 6, 2007
9:53 PM

Post #4268993

caro_uk, your mirror is beautiful. Have you posted before showing what and how?
I love it and would love to see more.
Faye
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 7, 2007
8:32 AM

Post #4270481

Hi all, going to grout mirror today,cant wait to see it finished,will post a pic soon.

dahtzu,if you like i will post how to make a mirror,i need to do this anyways for my website shall post how to make a mosaic mirror soon,not sure what colour grout was thinking of a peach colour.what do u think?
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 7, 2007
1:53 PM

Post #4270801

Oh yes please post how to!! peach mmmmm sounds peachy ha ha could not help it :*). Off to work have a good day all.
Kim
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2007
5:54 PM

Post #4271714

I've never seen anything done in peach grout, but sounds very pretty.
Yes, please post instructions and any other mirrors you have.
Thanks, Faye
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 8, 2007
1:50 AM

Post #4273016

Very late, got a job, lots to tell later. Just wanted to
pop in and say I love the mirror!

I miss all of you! Hope to catch up soon and chat more.
Keep up all the good work!

KM
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 8, 2007
3:23 AM

Post #4273300

Wuvie...I'm excited for you and your new job. I just hope you will like the job and everyone there will love you. We here on DG love you and all you do in showing your talents, giving instructions, and especially for the encouragement you give each of us. Please come as often as you can and know for every time I come here, I'll be looking for you and missing you when you are not here.
Your DG Friend,
Faye
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 8, 2007
11:46 PM

Post #4275624

Hi all, heres pic of finished mirror,see you all soon bye for now.

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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 8, 2007
11:54 PM

Post #4275650

Miss ya WUVIE!!
That mirror is awsome !!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 9, 2007
3:25 AM

Post #4276240

Beautiful mirror.

Me too! Miss you Wuvie.
Faye
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2007
1:14 PM

Post #4276895

WOW!!! Great Mirror

Karen Waiting to hear all about your new job ..
hope it doesn't keep you away to much
Cheryl
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2007
2:22 PM

Post #4277039

Oh Caro! Your mirror is fabulous! The combination of colors is wonderful! I'd love to have a mirror like that in my house.

Janet
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 9, 2007
6:04 PM

Post #4277567

Thank u all ,very happy u all like my mirror,very much appreciated,

wuvie, hurry back we miss u.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 9, 2007
7:21 PM

Post #4277761

caro, I especially like the way you framed the inner surface with the mirror tiles. Great design & craftsmanship!
wuvie, we all miss you---hope the new job is a winner!
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 10, 2007
12:51 PM

Post #4280043

Hi everyone,im feeling very sad at the moment,taking my little girl shera to the vets tomorrow morning,my beautiful little girl,how can i say this,if there is another place beyond this one,i hope she will be very happy there,im going to miss you shera,sorry guys but im not feeling to good about this,see you all in a little while.caroline : (
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 10, 2007
1:00 PM

Post #4280076

Caroline. I am very sorry about little shera.
My heart goes out to you. Hugs.
Kim
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2007
1:16 PM

Post #4280136

Caroline, so sorry you have to take that trip with Shera. My thoughts are with you.

Brender
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 11, 2007
1:59 AM

Post #4282289

Oh, Caro, I am so sorry. Our little fuzzy ones really get a grip
on our hearts.

Please know you have our most sincere condolences.

Karen Marie
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2007
3:34 AM

Post #4282681

Caroline, I am so sorry. I cry for you and me. Nov. 24, I held my baby in my arms as he was put to sleep. My Rocky (Shih Tzu) was 16 and he was my baby. Had lost both eyeballs this year, had a collasping Trachea, pneumonia in May and Thanksgiving he got pneumonia again and his lungs just couldn't handle any more. The pain for me is never ending, feels like a hole in my heart. I am so sorry you had to face this same pain.
Faye

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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 11, 2007
3:55 AM

Post #4282779

Faye,I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to Rocky.I know he was very sweet.
Kim
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 11, 2007
4:20 AM

Post #4282974

Thank you Kim. I'm not kidding when I say he was my baby. He was hand fed, taken to bed each night and stayed on my bed until I took him up each morning. Rocky trained me exactly like he wanted me and I loved his method which was total uncondational love.
Faye
UniQueTreasures
Beaumont, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2007
11:31 AM

Post #4283449

My heart goes out to you Caro and Faye. Losing a pet is one of the hardest things to cope with. Neither Shera nor Rocky are suffering any more. That is the blessing that we all need to keep in the front of our minds.

Many hugs to you both,
Janet
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

December 11, 2007
3:55 PM

Post #4284084

Hugging from here, too. We had a Rockie that was the best dog ever. I still miss her.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 11, 2007
5:58 PM

Post #4284441

I still tear up thinking of some of the dogs I have lsot. My heart goes out to you.

katiebear
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 11, 2007
7:13 PM

Post #4284648

Hi all,heres a pic of my shera,not at her best as shes 17,im feeling very guilty at the moment ,i know i done the right thing ,but still feel guilty,poor shera was getting alot worse ,going back a year ago shera and her daughter had one hell of a fight as they got jealous of each other ,molly caught shera's eye and i took her to the vets and they said she had damaged the channel under her eye,anyways they did not want to opperate because of her age,they said as long as it dont bother her and i keep cleaning the eye area and putting drops in her eye she should be ok.that was a year ago ,but last couple of months shera's been crying alot and didn't want me touching her eye as it hurt her to much,she could hardly stand up this last few weeks,went down hill very quick.

thank u all ,faye sorry to hear about your little rocky.

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denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2007
8:58 PM

Post #4284924

Caro and Faye,
I'm so sorry you lost your best pals .. I know its hard .but they are not in pain anymore. and that's a good thing we had to put one of are Aussies to sleep she had 3 years ago a stroke & a heart atack.
We still miss her
Cheryl
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 26, 2007
8:54 PM

Post #4328988

Guess what I got for Christmas? The mammoth tumbler from eBay!!!! I'm very excited to break some bottles and throw some sand in it and start tumbling!!!!
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 26, 2007
9:03 PM

Post #4329015

Tumbler envy here:~) LOL
Congrats on your fabulous gift!!!!...now getta cracking.
Just how mammoth is it?
Kim
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 26, 2007
10:14 PM

Post #4329178

I can tell you from experience that you will love it.

katiebear
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

December 26, 2007
10:53 PM

Post #4329261

OOOOhhhhhhh you lucky ducky, have fun!
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 27, 2007
12:44 AM

Post #4329499

Well, the motor and tumbling part looks like my old one on steroids----I don't have the barrel yet; the post office still has custody. I think DH said it would hold something like 25 lbs!
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2007
12:51 AM

Post #4329519

WoooHOOooooo what fun that sounds like!!!
I can get 2 broken bottles in mine. :*).Shame on the post office.
25 lbs of glass you tumbled yourself will be mighty pretty!!
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 27, 2007
12:59 AM

Post #4329536

And I'm thinking maybe I can tumble some of my "reject" homemade tiles for mosaics, too...anyone else ever tried anything like that? Of course I have several 5-gallon planters full of rocks I've collected over the years, too. The little hobby tumbler I had just couldn't handle my need for VOLUME...LOL!!!
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2007
1:02 AM

Post #4329544

Ha ha ha I forgot all about rocks :*)
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 27, 2007
1:22 AM

Post #4329624

imapigeon, so happy for you. I have started using mine and love it. LOL now don't know what I want to do next, blue, green, brown, clear or mixed...sure is fun.
Enjoy!
Faye
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 27, 2007
1:22 AM

Post #4329627

Yes, you can tumble broken pieces of tile for mosaics. It works just like with the glass; it smooths the sharp edges.

Glass, tiles and rocks should be done separately.

I also use mine to clean pieces of driftwood.

While running, it sounds like a waterfall. I have mine outside. A concerned neighbor stopped by one day. He thought I was running water. We live in a desert. He was very nice but concerned I was wasting water. I showed him what I was doing and he was very relieved.

katiebear
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 27, 2007
1:42 AM

Post #4329710

Ooh, yes, the driftwood is fun, too. I used to tumble some for hubby's
lizard habitat, but the poor thing, well, he moved on. The lizard, that is.

LOVE putting pieces of broken dinnerware in the tumbler. I have boxes
of tumbled and smooth-edged pieces just dying to be put somewhere.

Never enough time. Sigh.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 27, 2007
2:27 AM

Post #4329936

Ooh I'm glad to hear the tile works. I bought BOXES of it to do a mosaic on my doesn't-yet-exist patio slab. I would have thought the tumbling would take the color off. Very cool.

Oh and I finally scored my montser tumbler too! A 35 pounder. :o It's not here yet, but should be arriving any day.

I just thought of you the other day Faye as I was loading up my HF. Yes, I am STILL tumbling from the box you sent. Wooohoooo, now I can tumble in volume!

P.S. this isn't exactly trash to treasure but I have to tell somebody...well anybody who'll listen. (If you don't want to listen just put your hands over your eyes. LOL!) I got a greenhouse for Christmas. :D Come to think about it, it's EXACTLY trash to treasure. The reason it's now mine is because it's quite dilapidated and in serious need of repair. I actually suspect my dad picked it up for nothing (or next to) and the real gift is that he's going to rebuild it for me. Good old Dad. Gotta love 'im for understanding what makes me tick.
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2007
2:51 AM

Post #4330063

What a fab gift !!!!You got a great Dad. :)
Yall gotta show what's been tumbling.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 27, 2007
3:12 AM

Post #4330152

Hiya Kim!

Ack, I have been tumbling for 3 months and all I have to show for it is a gallon baggie full of glass. My goal was to tumble all winter long and hopefully have enough to make a dry creekbed running past my deck area in the spring. It is just too slow going with the 6 pound tumbler; hence the 35 lb. Turbo Tumbler. The guys at the recycle center have been saving bottles for me and they are actually getting ahead of me. Ha! No more I say!
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 27, 2007
3:16 AM

Post #4330166

Hello everyone, so glad to see you back on T to T. Was a long dry spell!
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2007
3:48 AM

Post #4330276

A big hello to all..I miss you all
now La if you need me to test that puppy out just send it my ... I will have a dry creek in no time...for me:*) LOL
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2007
3:49 AM

Post #4330277

Lala,
a 35lb tumbler no that will get the job done.
take a picture so we can see what it looks like ...
I got few blue bottles for christmas even my soon to be son-in-law found an old
MofM at a junk shop for me ... now im not sure I want to smash it or slump it ..I got 4 of them in different sizes.
Cheryl
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2007
3:54 AM

Post #4330284

Hi Cheryl!! what is aMoflM
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 27, 2007
2:22 PM

Post #4331004

Hi everyone,hope you all enjoyed christmas,i worked on my mirror all over christmas,finished it christmas afternoon,it was a order i had,was a present was this gentlemas wife,but was worth it to see the end result,gentleman was very pleased,that put a smile on my face.


Looks like you all going to be busy with your tumblers,cant wait to see all your tumbled glass,please show pics when it ready. c u all soon caroline.

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caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 27, 2007
2:25 PM

Post #4331012

a few close ups of mirror.

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caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 27, 2007
2:26 PM

Post #4331017

other pic.

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caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 27, 2007
2:28 PM

Post #4331022

last pic.

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kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2007
3:07 PM

Post #4331116

Hello Caroline, that mirror is fabulous... you must come back and tellus how you did it.
Kim
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

December 27, 2007
3:11 PM

Post #4331131

Oh how gorgeous! I have a large vintage buffet mirror that has a corner broken off. I've been trying to decide how to frame it to cover the break. I'd love to know what the pieces are, dishes? tile? bottles? I hope you were paid very well, it is worth it! Do you frame it and then cover the frame? Please share, pretty please!


caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 27, 2007
3:27 PM

Post #4331191

Im happy you like my mirror,its frame is made from mdf board for base and mdf in four strips glued to that , then mirror is glued to that with mirror glue,then covered with small mirror tiles around mirror,then cut up teacups, plates ,saucers,i used a glue called nonails for indoor or out door use,then glouted with very light grey grout,if you have not made a mirror before ,start off with a small one first,are you going to make a mirror cathy4?.some of the dishes date back to the year 1903,but, i must say i had a smashing time making it lol. im so happy you like it thank you. caroline.
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 27, 2007
3:31 PM

Post #4331224

Forgot to say yes i was paid very well ,i got 300.00 for it,think thats nearly $600.00 us dollars,see u all soon takecare, caroline.
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

December 27, 2007
3:52 PM

Post #4331314

caroline, we may be moving in a few months, and I can already see this mirror hanging on the wall where it will reflect the light from the windows. I will make a small one first to learn the process.

I have a huge set of dishes my in-laws bought me for a wedding present over 30 years ago. I'd LOVE to smash them but they aren't in a color I would ever choose for myself. LOL I have my great grandmothers dishes, too, but I could never break them, they are a treasure.

thank you for sharing this, I'm feeling inspired.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 27, 2007
4:54 PM

Post #4331558

Sell the dishes on eBay or something, and use the money for something you want!
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

December 27, 2007
5:09 PM

Post #4331604

Ima, All my kids will be here today, if they don't want them, I think I will list them. Buh-bye ugly china! Hmmm, could be seed money for a greenhouse!

added: Holy Cow! I just looked this china up on ebay, it is worth a small fortune and I have service for 12 with tons of serving pieces.

This message was edited Dec 27, 2007 11:19 AM
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 27, 2007
6:02 PM

Post #4331748

Beautiful Caroline!
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 27, 2007
7:16 PM

Post #4331933

I sold a china coffee set that was my MIL's that was a pretty shape----I would have liked if the colors had been COMPLETELY different----just wasn't my style. The lady who got it was thrilled; I didn't get much for it, but at least someone has it who appreciates it, and it's not taking up space in my house!

I think seed money for a greenhouse sounds like a MARVELOUS idea!
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

December 27, 2007
10:56 PM

Post #4332444

earlier question not answered ...MOM = milk of magnesia, if my memory serves me correctly ...old glass bottles delightfully blue. Do they still make it in blue glass bottles???
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 27, 2007
11:24 PM

Post #4332547

Thank you wannadanc!! they put that stuff in plastic now.
They were really pretty. :*)
Kim
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2007
3:33 AM

Post #4333614

Oh my gosh, Caro, you should really put that mirror on
it's own thread, it is so pretty and will be buried in this faux
glass thread. By no means am I sending you away, I just
want your mirror to receive the accolades it deserves.

Very nice, well deserving of more views! Love it!

KM
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 28, 2007
4:24 AM

Post #4333775

Thank you wuvie,im happy here with you guys,




(im not sure how to make my own thread),i will have a go at making a faux seaglass mirror just a small one,need to tumble more glass ,will show you all when i get it done.: ) see u soon.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2007
1:55 PM

Post #4334352

Oh, no, Carol, I didn't mean for you to leave at all, I just meant
that when people are viewing the Trash to Treasure forum, they
won't see your fabulous mirror unless they happen to read this
particular thread.

I have to run to work right now, but later on I'll make a new thread
for you. It doesn't mean you have to participate or even move, it
will just be a showcase for others to see your mirror. If you would rather
I not, I will understand. I'll check back in later to see what you think.

Basically I'm just wanting to show off your stuff! LOL

KM
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2007
4:07 PM

Post #4334745

My tumbler barrel arrived yesterday! Blue glass bottles and a hammer, here I come! This will be an interesting answer to "What did you do on your vacation?"
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 28, 2007
6:25 PM

Post #4335174

Carol

Amen to what Wuvie said.

You can start a thread here or at Mosiacs and Stained Glass (or both!!) by going to the forum and scrolling down to the bottom of the page. It will then say "start a new thread."

Let lots of other see this beautiful work. Many of them are looking for ideas and inspiration so you're doing a service.

katiebear
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

December 28, 2007
10:14 PM

Post #4335739

WUVIE,that would be nice if you could do that for me :) Thank you.cheers caroline.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2007
6:03 PM

Post #4338153

thanks wannadanc for picking up where I left off :-)
yes M of M is milk of magnesia sorry I havent been on line much of late.
Cheryl
slowtornado
Belle Plaine, KS

December 30, 2007
7:16 AM

Post #4340178

Hello there, I dont have a tumbler, but I luv beach glass. I have a few pieces I'd like to use. But my question is about sand blasting, does anyone do that? I bought a small blast unit (used). All I know is silica is bad news. I luv metal, glass, tile, pottery, terra cotta and talevera. I have a small round table and 2 chairs (ice cream parlor style). All metal, needs a tabletop and seats. I want to do a mosaic top, but I know nothing about getting started. The pattern books cost an arm & leg AND half a heart. I need my body parts to buy gas!!! I need a place to start. Can I use a piece of plywood to do a mosaic on? It will probably be used outside, or on a covered porch. At best it may get put in the garage for the winter! I'd really like to do it this year. I'm so inspired by you all:))
Lora:)
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2007
1:32 PM

Post #4340371

hello slowtornado...if you scroll down page one of trash to treasure Jazzpunkin has done something with a tabletop...very pretty ...hope this helps.

Kim

This message was edited Dec 30, 2007 8:34 AM
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

December 30, 2007
3:27 PM

Post #4340560

Hello Lora,

Welcome, welcome to the Trash to Treasure forum!

A sandblasting cabinet, lucky you! We have the blaster, but no cabinet.
One day...one day. :-)

Oh, you are lucky! You can place wine bottles into the cabinet with stickers
on them, then blast away, afterwards removing the stickers to reveal sections
which have not been blasted, still shiny and smooth. I'm not sure exactly what
type of stickers you would need, something that could survive the blasting.

Do you have a blaster and something to blast?

With regard to the table, I'm certainly no professional, but will give you
my two cents. I'm just guessing, but I think I would vote against using plywood
outdoors with mosaics, even if you were going to bring it in for the winter.
I would definitely suggest scoring and sealing the plywood, even consider
adding a sheet of backer board on top of the plywood. After you mosaic,
seal the grout and enjoy.

Definitely consider a visit to the mosaic forum for sure, as there are many
on board who have made outdoor and semi-outdoor projects. I'm not of much
help, I'm afraid.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/glassworks/all/

Link to the Mosaic forum.

:-) KM
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

December 30, 2007
4:58 PM

Post #4340783

Patterns are all over the place, lots of them free. Check some of the commercial mosiac sites. Or copy a simple pattern from a coloring book or similar source. Enlarge it to fit your table and you're good to go. Or make a sketch, perhaps abstract. For a first project, especially, you want to keep it simple so the design will show up.

Because there are lots of free bottles around, you could experiment with the sand blaster. Something like Gorilla tape might be strong enough to allow you to blast a design. It sounds like fun. Let us know how it works out.

Is your metal table top solid enough not to bend when moved? If so you could probably seal it with a rust proof paint and do the mmosaic directly on it. But don't do this if it might bend or buckle as this would crack the mosaic.

katiebear.
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

December 30, 2007
7:09 PM

Post #4341244

In the "Handmade Tiles" book/video by Frank Giorgini, he does a tile mosaic on plywood----as I recall, he uses 3/4" ply and then adds 3/4" strips to the 4 edges on the underside of the table.
slowtornado
Belle Plaine, KS

December 31, 2007
3:50 AM

Post #4342706

Hi again, since I'm not a typist, I'm going to refer to you all by your state. or country:)
PA. I love jazz's table. She is very talented, but unavailable!!haha:).
OK. I dont have a cabinet either, I got the blaster at an auction. I havnt even hooked it up yet. I'm going to build a cab. out of plywood. I want to cut the sleeves off a welders leather shirt and attach them to the arm holes. And use plexiglass for the window. I already have a pair of gloves, wow good start. A friend gave me a better *gun* than the silly plastic one it came with. I need to get blast medium. I guess I'll just try different grits till I find what I like. I never thought about blasting the actual tabletop. I just planned on blasting the paint off the frame. It is just a frame. Like jazz's was. I really am afraid to use plywood, unless I can get it sealed really well. How about greenboard? Its meant to get wet, right?
I have lots of stuff to blast. I have TtoT metal all over the place;) Aaannd, a good friend across the street who just happens to be a welder, yay:).
Mexico, I have an idea. I need to go to Lowes and look at tile. It might be *cheating*. But the more I think about it the more I like it. I like geckos, I have 2 small tiles with geckos in relief. If I trace them to a transparency, then transfer them to a sheet of 1in. tile. I can cut the sheet down to nip the edges and fill in the gaps. Does that make sense? And I should only need 3-4 colors.
CA. I'm going to search *handmade tiles* and see what pops up!
Well, now I wish I had a heated shop to work in!!! darn it. That doesnt help the cabin fever at all.
Happy New Year, Lora:) pics? yes, L8R
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2007
11:57 AM

Post #4343224

Slowto - check with your local Lowes for discarded tile. Just ask them in the tile department. If they don't have any at the moment they may take your name and number or just keep checking, if you are there a lot. I am able to get rubbermaid-type bins of tile for $5 including the bin! Some are broken, mismatched, discontinued, etc. I got quite a variety out of three bins. Haven't gotten any in a while - trying to cut back on my hoarding :-D
slowtornado
Belle Plaine, KS

December 31, 2007
4:55 PM

Post #4344082

I asked about that several years ago. They told me they cant do that because the manu. wants all the rejects returned. So, I pick up bits and pieces whenever I can. I know there are places in the SW that sell all kinds of mismatched/broken/bad glaze etc. but not around here:(
Maybe its worth a try, again. Lowes, SL's and HD, here I come:)
Hey Brender, you want to trade? 2-3 tiles or a cup of pieces and I'll send you something! I'll take anything. I luv surprises:)
Lora:)
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2007
5:09 PM

Post #4344120

Lora,
Absolutely...sounds fun! I guess D-mail me with your address? Never got a D-mail or sent one so hope that works!!

Brender
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 31, 2007
8:25 PM

Post #4344733

I tried getting broken tiles from the box stores around here too and it was a no-go. That was a couple of years ago though so maybe they've changed their policies in the interm.

Hey I just got my monster tumbler today. Whoa Buddy! My glass pile awaiting the tumbler had really started piling up, but within a few weeks I'll be back to dumpster diving again.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2007
9:56 PM

Post #4345029

Guess I just hit it right when I got the tiles...must have been the shade of lipstick I was wearing or something... :-D
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

December 31, 2007
11:58 PM

Post #4345496

Probably the push up bra from Victoria's Secret, haha!
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 1, 2008
12:11 AM

Post #4345532

Hey...whatever it takes ! within reason, that is.;-p

This message was edited Dec 31, 2007 7:12 PM
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #4345636

LOL, you all are too funny.

Our local hardware stores often have a shopping cart full of
broken tile and such with a "Take it all for $xx.xx type price.
Of course, when and if I'm in the store, I'm not there looking to
buy a cart full of tile. Sigh. The good things on the wrong days.

:-) KM
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 12, 2008
10:12 PM

Post #4392670

Hi all, just put some glass in tumbler,clear glass,need some of the coloured glass think i need to go hunting around for some.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2008
10:43 PM

Post #4392823

Let the fun begin, Caroline!!... You've inspired me to get back to tumbling - got some stuff at the recycle center last weekend. Got distracted (which doesn't take much!) by other stuff. Hope you are feeling better?

Brender
caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 12, 2008
11:04 PM

Post #4392907

im feeling much better thank you brender,not 100% but getting there.
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 13, 2008
6:53 AM

Post #4394776

Well now that's a fine how-do-you-do.

The boys at the recylce center have been saving blue bottles for me. I stop once every couple of weeks and they usually have anywhere from 2-6 bottles for me, but there are always at least a couple. I stopped today to pick up my booty and there was none! Not one stinkin' bottle. Apparently another lady stopped in enquiring about blue bottles and they thought I had sent her and they gave her my whole stash! Now I was a little disappointed but not terribly miffed, after all I do not hold exclusive rights to the Blue Bottle Market in Van Wert County. But I certainly hope she got all she needed and I am not going to have competition from here on in.
Brender
Topsham, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 13, 2008
9:35 AM

Post #4394876

Oh Lala.. I guess they know now they had better ask for the secret word next time... no secret word, no blue bottles!! Well, I am sure they will make up for it somehow on your next trip. :-)
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2008
4:04 PM

Post #4395670

Hello all,

Oh, Lala, I'm so sorry! I realize it's not life and death for you, but
still, what a stinker! Maybe you could leave them a clearly typed
letter in bold font to hang in the office. "THESE BOTTLES ARE
FOR LALA!"

LOL.

Glad all of you popped in, you're just in time for the new thread.
This one is getting a bit long for the folks on dial-up.

:-) KM

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caro_uk
near cardiff
United Kingdom

January 15, 2008
6:09 PM

Post #4405871

HI,another 2 days and my glass should be finished,clear glass,im still looking around for coloured glass.will post pic when its finished tumbling.

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