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Re: cement planter/bench

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Sun, 1 Aug 1999 23:26:42 -0400


Mary B., I forwarded my response to Heather to you. I think the only
question not answered was where. The tiles are on a brick wall that
attaches one wing to another, right outside the cafeteria. I put everything
up with Liquid Nails using duct tape to hold pieces in place until dry. I
usually did this on the weekend so that pieces weren't vulnerable to hall
traffic. I'm using the summer to complete the grouting though I haven't
gotten it done yet. Hmm, parent volunteers? Linda K.
-----Original Message-----
From: gregjuli <gregjuli>
To: Linda Kelty <lckelty>
Date: Sunday, August 01, 1999 10:55 AM
Subject: Re: cement planter/bench

>Linda,
>I love your idea! How many tiles did they do and what did you attach them
to?
>How did you go about coming up with a theme that the whole picture had
unity to
>it and not just a bunch of different tiles? Did you apply the grout in
between
>the tiles and did the kids help?
>I had wanted to do a large scale project this year and thought of doing
stepping
>stones for a courtyard, but at this point there just seems like too many
details
>to work out and so the tile project sounds intriguing.
>
>Thanks, MaryB
>
>
>Linda Kelty wrote:
>
>> Heather, This last year I had my 8th grade students create clay relief
tiles
>> of irregular shapes for a diversity mural. We incorporated mirror
pieces,
>> marbles melted in the kiln directly on the kiln wash, shells, polished
>> stones and crockery fragments. You could have the custodian leave the
>> concrete a little lower, probably 1/2", then use exterior grade grout to
set
>> the pieces into. You can color the grout with latex or acrylic paint
also,
>> if you want to do an abstract design using colors, maybe a "Starry Night"
>> version based on Van Gogh's style? If you go to a building supply place,
>> the grout comes powdered in a bag and needs the acrylic liquid to mix
with
>> it. Works easily on a horizontal surface, harder on the vertical. Keep
>> water on hand for rinsing yucky fingers and tools. I use rubber
spatulas.
>> I also use zip lock bags, mix the grout and liquid in the bag, snip off
one
>> corner, and apply it like cake frosting. Man, do I get good use out of
zip
>> locks!! 1000 uses for... Linda K.
>>
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