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                                   Building Our House in the Caribbean

                                                                                               Step 65 - Mosaic Screen Wall

  
Clada wanted to practice her newly learned mosaic skills, so she designed and is installing a mosaic on the INSIDE of the air
    conditioning compressor screen wall.  Yes, she knows most people will never see it, but it was a great place to hone her skills
    and learn to use the hammer and hardee on travertine.  She plans to mosaic the outside of the wall once the inside is done.
                                                                                     
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       Clada uses a hammer and hardee to make travertine tesserae.  Chip uses a tile saw to cut rods from scrap or leftover travertine tile.

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   Clada then cut thick glass in half  and applied it to the wall.  Most of the mosaic is installed using the direct method of application.

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                                                      After the vines and leaves were completed, she filled in the background,
                                                     using a lighter Mexican travertine to contrast with the Turkish travertine.

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                                                 The wall is visible from the upstairs patio, as well as the workshop window.

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                                                               Clada made the frogs using the indirect method. 
                                   They are made of stain glass tesserae installed on Wedi board that Chip cut to fit a pattern.

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                                                 This is what the first wall looks like before grouting.

 
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                                           This is how the wall looks after grouting.  Clada calls it "Salt River Part 1".

                             
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                                    These are what the frogs look like close up when they are installed.

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                                                            The leaves are glass, travertine and granite.

                                               
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                                              Here's what the first wall looks like from the upper patio.

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                   We had so much rain that Clada made the glass frogs before she even started on the second wall mosaic.

     
Frogs4  Since there is a size difference between the glass and stone, Chip cut a backer for the glass.
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                                         This shows the stages of the mosaic, before the frogs and background are installed.

                                                  Clada Grouts
              AC Wall  Clada grouts A/C
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                                                  Clada grouted while Chip was the grout mixer and "sponge wringer".

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                                    The interior of the air conditioning screen wall finally done.  It was fun to do.

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                                                 Clada has started another mosaic on the other side of the wall. 

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                                                  It's coming along VERY slowly since Clada is working on other mosaics.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                 

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