This is one of the biggest DIY project I have ever done....Oh my, it took me a week to complete
I have wanted to do this for a couple years and I finally did it! I thought how cool would it look to completely cover a dress form with broken china?
So when I found this battered dress form at an antique shop and my friend gave me an antique lamp base.....It was time to try it
I removed the t shirt fabric from the form and got started
With tile adhesive I first attached the pearl necklaces around the bust. I had to use tape to keep them in place until the adhesive dried
Then I picked out the china plates and stained glass I wanted to use and got started
I used a drapery finial on top
And the antique lamp base on the bottom
Can you find the heart on her backside?
I'm bring Her to sell at the Polka Dot Flea
It took the better part of 6 days to complete this project.
I used over 25 plates, since the rose pattern is only along the rim of each plate. I used 3 different sheets of stained glass and 2 pearl necklaces.
Then each piece was individually cut (Not hit with a hammer). The pattern was layed out and the china applied piece by piece. Each piece was leveled so you get that smooth feeling when you run your hand over it. The form was then grouted (Big mess) sponged off and then each individual tile piece got polished.
So the price.....$500...Yes, that's right, and If it doesn't sell...Well, it looks mighty fine in my dining room!
If you are interested in trying broken china mosaics you can read a previous post I did on the basics of getting started HERE. Anyone can do it with a some practice (On smaller projects). I'm surprised that I enjoy doing such a tedious project because I'm pretty high energy and seldom sit still, but I find mosaics are a little like doing Yoga, I do it in complete silence and find it really relaxing......Go figure!
The planning for the Polka Dot Flea is going great! I will give you an update on my next post.
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