I've always wanted to try putting mosaics on the dome of an oven......Rivergirl has a fine example on her oven......
Haven't yet laid mosaics on an oven yet, but made a trial run on my kitchen floor on the weekend with off-cuts from a recent job using Travertine stone.......(borrowed a decent tile cutter to cut the off cuts into managable shards.....
Love the floor Terry!! I was collecting china for my dome but went a bit amok!! So if you want any china let me know ( there's a fair bit of French modern and antique) am coming through again in September so can bring it up then.
there was a fantastic build on google ( many years ago but it should still be floating around ) of a dragon the body and tail being a bench and the head the oven , that was my dream BUT the reality of lugging all the clay over the river so I am happy with Bert !!!.......... can you not just give yours a clay coat ? for Berts I was going to cut the bottom of bottles and sort of turn him into a turtle , was thinking that maybe the bottles would also provide insulation ......................... No probs about lugging the china over if you want it as we are going up to St Ishmaels for the week in September .
As far as a stencil of the Welsh dragon goes, if you find a graphic, you could blow it up and print it out at A4 at home - or larger at a printers. Cut out the dragon, and voila - one stencil. I'll see if I can rustle something up, if you'd like?
I've been baking all (well nearly!) our bread for longer than I can remember - I still enjoy it I enjoy cooking and eating the pizzas as much, if not more ...
love the hallway, this is the same pattern (with slight colour variations) that I have on my doorstep and should have as a path, someone decided to pave over it with pink and yellow slabs (yuk) and I would love to get the original look back but the costs I was seeing for just the tiles was silly money.
Although the job looked the bees knees, I agree that the price for new mosaics is quite steep. The mosaics were bought from "London Mosaics @ £500 per meter sq. There was 1 1/2 m2.
If you wanted to remove the slabs and bring back the mosaics to former glory, there are quite a few cleaning products now available on the market. Soaps sometimes are better than acid's. I recently cleaned a similar area of mosaics but used a liquid soap of a PH value of 14 to bring back the colours.
I think looking at the level the slabs are at they must have ripped up the mosaic to fit them
we do still have some tiles on the doorstep, what is this magic soap? I might have to make do by just cleaning the step nicely and changing the path to something less vulgar, 1.5K is a bit steep for a path.
It will probably done with offcuts from other jobs. I would love to buy in some mosaics, but .....you know me.....I'm always playing "catch up" with bills etc, so free off cuts are order of the day.
When i cleaned the last existing mosaic project, I used industrial "washing up liquid".....PH neutral (water) has a value of 7....the soap I used had a PH value of 14. Anything less than 7 is an acid....anything above 7 is a soap.....It sounds like your mosaic porch may need an acid. A simple brick acid from a builders merchants will do the job......method....wet the mosaics first, then apply the brick acid......wait till it stops bubbling, then scrub off with clean water. Leave to dry then apply a stone sealer.
p.s....we buy our detergents and acids from a local Industrial cleaner shop. They mostly deal with contractors, but also deal with Joe public.
pps.....any soaps or acids more than =+1 digit from above or below 7.....need to be given the same respect of strong acid.