A few years back, I took a mosaic course in Ravenna. At the time, I remember being overwhelmed with how complicated the process was and decided never to take it up as a hobby. Fast forward two years and it seems that time does heal all wounds or in my case, erase common sense.
This year, I invested in the cute hammer and hardie and was well on my way to smashing rocks and feeling confident. I even ordered some expensive smalti from Venice because my delusion seems to have no limits.
In for a penny, in for a pound, I just kept digging deeper and deeper into a mosaic hole. It was quite difficult to get the materials I needed but after trying the listed substitutes it was clear to me that I had to find exactly what I needed if I was ever going to succeed.
I’ve made three attempts just to get to the half way mark and to be honest, I’m broke and exhausted. No wonder these things cost a small fortune to buy 😦 for the amount of money I’ve spent, I could have taken a train to Ravenna and did another 5 day course!
Today, I took my mosaic to the next stage, which is to mount it into a cement base. After ten minutes I was covered in some weird, sticky cement crap and my toes were starting to stick to my sandals (NOTE TO SELF: hey idiot! Never wear open toe shoes when using power tools or mixing cement or doing both at the same time).
I actually had to jump into the shower right afterwards for fear that my toes would permanently connect. I can just imagine the conversation at the hospital on that one…
Nurse: “So how did you to cement your toes together?”
Me: “I’m making a mosaic.”
Nurse: “With your toes?”
I’m a perfectionist and so decided to do what’s called the double reverse method. This way you can complete your design and make corrections before putting it into a permanent binder. Let the record show that I really need to shake this character trait because it’s simply exhausting and unless my mosaic teacher comes to visit me (I’m pretty sure Luciana has better things to do), who would ever know it was less than perfect?
The next stage is to remove the gauze and clean up the surface after the cement dries. I will decide if I need to put grout on it after I see the results. To be honest, after all these steps and work, I’m terrified to see how it turned out. I mean after all, this is SET IN CEMENT! There’s no turning back after all. But, if it’s truly horrible, at least cement doesn’t float 🙂
Wish me luck!