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Tile mosaic story
Trader Woody
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2003-03-27 1:32 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-03-27 13:13, bigbrotiki wrote:
Right now everyone is a little on the edge, being broke AND at war is simply stressful.



Well, nothing could be more calming during these times than making a Tiki mosaic....more relaxing than yoga......

By the way, while these kits are obviously not available any more, is it easy to get hold of the little tiles? Surely, it can't be too difficult to sketch out a Moai, then fill in the gaps with tiles until you've got yourself something special for your wall?

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PolynesianPop
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-03-27 1:42 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-03-27 13:32, Trader Woody wrote:
By the way, while these kits are obviously not available any more, is it easy to get hold of the little tiles?



TW, I've seen my local Home Depot hardware store sell small bags of ceramic tile bits but for the price they were asking, the cost of all the different colors could quickly add up.

I've been told that you can go to a tile manufacturer directly and ask them however, I've yet to try this.

My wahine has done some tile mosaic work in the past on an old table. How did she get the tile? She picked up some really cheap plates & stuff at a thrift store, took them home, wrapped them in an old towel and smashed them to bits with a hammer.

The table came out great!


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Trader Woody
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2003-03-27 2:26 pm   Permalink

Thanks Poly-Pop,

I think going at 'em with a hammer looks the cheapest (and by far the most fun) bet. Now I've just got to do out and find lots of flat plates in various shades of brown...

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purple jade
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Joined: Feb 19, 2003
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From: New Orleans
Posted: 2003-03-27 3:11 pm   Permalink

You can also go to a tile dealer and ask if they have any remainders of discontinued lines. They'll usually sell them cheap, and you can break 'em up into smaller pieces. Broken up four inch standard bathroom tiles cover a good bit of area, with grout and all.

 
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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2003-03-27 3:22 pm   Permalink


A Bygone Era in Oakland and Urban Ore in Berkeley (two architectural salvage yards) usually have tons of tile.

--cyn


 
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DawnTiki
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From: next stop Hulaville!
Posted: 2003-03-27 3:34 pm   Permalink

I have gotten boxes of broken, chipped, off colored tiles from Tile Dealers dirt cheap. One guy gave me a box for free!

 
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laney
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Joined: May 20, 2002
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From: orange county CA
Posted: 2003-03-27 3:36 pm   Permalink

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On 2003-03-27 11:17, waikiki tiki wrote:
You guys are so defensive. Tikisobayli was simply offering the idea that Al try and make it since he couldn't purchase it. He was just quoting Al by saying "grubby little fingers" and doing so jokingly! I am very aware that Al makes all sorts of nice things and thought this mosaic would be no problem. Sorry for the misunderstanding. And Laney, just exactly what is a "real job"? Does that mean that some people here have fake ones? Anyway, the mosaic is really cool and Al, you do some really nice work!

waikiki



Yes, I'd say I have a "fake" job. I work nights and while it is wearing to my body (wah, wah) it does leave me my days free. I have time to take on a lot of projects, but I'm still getting my house painted and unpacked (this could take years!) I have also finished two art projects, several jewelry pieces, some lamp refurbishing, etc. I also think we were defensive of Al especially. You probably wouldn't have seen that reaction if it was someone else but Al is extremely creative and not only makes lamps, barkcloth upulstry, etc. He even tells us how he did it and will jump at the chance to help anyone who needs advice tackling a project.

On another note. I made a table with broken bathroom tiles, plates and other ceramics, and I think the tiles in the tiki mosaic piece are a different kind. I don't have one but someone who does can maybe post a very close-up photo. I think they are glass mosaics and not ceramic (like bathroom tiles) I know there used to be a stained glass Co. that produced glass mosaics but again, they are expensive. I'll keep looking and post info if I find it.


 
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Cultjam
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Joined: Apr 21, 2002
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From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted: 2003-03-27 3:53 pm   Permalink

eBay got gobs o glass tiles


 
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Chongolio
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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-03-27 8:00 pm   Permalink

Here is shot of a stained glass I had a friend make for me using the same design from those kits. I got my reference pic off a Pollo Del Mar cd.
Chongolio


[ This Message was edited by: Chongolio on 2003-03-27 20:04 ]


 
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Chongolio
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From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-03-27 8:04 pm   Permalink

whoops, double post
Chongolio

[ This Message was edited by: Chongolio on 2003-03-28 04:04 ]


 
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Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2003-03-27 10:53 pm   Permalink

Aloha,
Tikis Obayli, That's a good Idea, I've only seen one of these and I photographed it so I could grid it up and copy the patern. If I do it, I'll post Pics.

Waikiki Tiki, thank you for the kind words.

PolyPop and Laney, Standing up for me? you guys are sweet.

Chongolio, Great Idea, what an Inspiration.

Sven, sadly, this is all he has left of the kit. He was suprised that anyone would want such a thing. I'll Email him and see if he knows were it came from.

Mahalo,
Al




 
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waikiki tiki
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From: Atlanta, GA
Posted: 2003-03-28 10:58 am   Permalink

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I also think we were defensive of Al especially. You probably wouldn't have seen that reaction if it was someone else but Al is extremely creative and not only makes lamps, barkcloth upulstry, etc. He even tells us how he did it and will jump at the chance to help anyone who needs advice tackling a project.




Laney,
I'm not sure you read my posts very well, because in both of the posts I mentioned how I knew Al did lots of creative stuff that was great. I guess you missed that part though. Sorry I offended you so much.

Chongolio,
I love that stained glass! I do stained glass as well and am going to try and tackle a similar project, I've just been putting it off until summer. The one you have looks great though!

Trader Woody,
Good luck with yours! I think the plates are a great idea since you could get lots of good browns and stuff. Might try that myself sometime.

Have a great weekend everyone!
waikiki


 
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boutiki
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Joined: Jun 03, 2002
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From: The fly-over states
Posted: 2003-03-28 6:07 pm   Permalink

Have you seen many of this other mosaic before? It's got that funky tribal voodoo mask kinda' quality. It's made from colored linoleum. Since I have two (found at different places at least a year apart) and the first one I found has a couple of pieces missing, (you can see the color numbers underneath) I'm pretty sure it came as a kit like paint-by-numbers or "Mosett" by the inventor of paint-by-numbers. I guess you could take your favorite tiki image and make it into a mosaic, though there is something very cool about the idea these old ones were once deemed worthy of being mass-produced and sold at department stores to home crafters.
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woofmutt
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2003-04-02 01:08 am   Permalink

Everyone wants to buy or make things today, why not try and steal one of these mosaics? Many of you know who has them, where they live, what they like to drink and how much they can drink of it...Do the math.

Or you could make it out of something other than tile. Say smashed up Lifesavers you bake in the oven...Or Jelly Bellies! That would be so cool. But seriously, since it would be a decorative wall piece you could use a heavy card stock for a paper mosaic, sealed under several coats of something shiny. Or use vinyl tile, particularly the color flecked ones used in schools and hospitals, they come in a wide variety of colors and they're vomit proof. Both these materials would be a helluva lot easier to cut than glass/ceramic tile but assembly will be just as tedious...So you wouldn't feel like you were cheating much.


 
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Phillip Roberts
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Posted: 2004-10-16 01:38 am   Permalink


Quote:

On 2003-03-27 20:00, Chongolio wrote:
I got my reference pic off a Pollo Del Mar cd.





[ This Message was edited by: filslash 2008-09-12 14:54 ]


 
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