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This Old Crack House

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Master Plan

We have two windows in the bathroom. They look like this.




Here is one of the panes of art glass in the 6 paned window frame.



The master plan is to try to replicate something similar to this in our counter top for the sink. This means that I am going to have to put some broken glass into the mold when I pour the concrete. Today was spent looking for pink colored glass. I already have two shades of green (yes one is a beer bottle!) so one more shade of green should do it. I may also throw in some crushed marble from scraps of tile that were used on the shower wall. I was able to buy two vases and a two tumblers giving me three shades of pink and one turquoise for $4.17. Add $1.00 for a bottle of imported beer which I happily drank and I have most of the glass needed. Tomorrow I can search Goodwill and some thrift stores for one piece of pale green glass. Then I get to smash it all! I still have to figure out how to do the black lines though.
I have already got the mold made for the fireplace hearth and the pieces ready for the counter mold. Since I have no clue if the master plan will work I plan to make some test pieces before the main pour. If all fails then I resort to producing pieces that look like our kitchen counter. So the worst case scenario isn't all that bad. I also plan to make the fireplace surround for the bathroom out of polished concrete so today I ordered THIS BOOK.
You know what? I got to mention Beer in a houseblog again!

(to be continued....)

5 Comments:

At 8/16/2005 2:59 AM, Blogger lynette said...

Hey, I love your bathroom art-glass windows. I haven't seen anything like them before in a house - did you put them in yourself?

 
At 8/16/2005 4:26 AM, Blogger Sagar said...

I love your glass windows and the plan!!! It's fabulous. Occasionally scroll through my blogs http://health-n-fitness.blogspot.com and http://intimate-relationships.blogspot.com and share your comments!!!

 
At 8/16/2005 2:13 PM, Blogger Scott in Washington said...

Gary,

I ordered that book yesterday. Can't wait to do my own counters - both in the kitchen and in my studio.

I have found colored glass squares to be fairly inexpensive in craft stores that cater to stained glass artists. I used to buy them for my pottery projects at the local place until a craft supply place in Portland went out of business and left a dumpster full of samples behind.

 
At 8/16/2005 2:22 PM, Anonymous Trissa said...

Very cool- I'm looking forward to seeing this polished concrete!

 
At 8/16/2005 10:50 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Yes the windows are our own doing. We didn't want to put curtains up so we decided to put in textured glass so anyone with a telescope couldn't see my pimply middle aged butt through the window at night. There is a craft store here that stocks a good range of stained glass so we went to check it out. The pink, green and black glass was really cool but cost $15 a sq. ft. I left the windows with the store for them to cut the glass because I didn't want to break the pieces. I just had to put glaziers points in and putty them properly. The glass is really neat though. We plan to use stained glass in the kitchen cabinets too but I think that will be cheaper glue chip glass though. We also plan to use glue chip glass in the three transoms that we have.

 

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