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texas bullet shell star in the making

so this is what i will be finishing up this week.  yesterday i started laying the tile (using the thinset).  it takes me about an hour to do a section of a few feet.  since the tiles are so uneven (some are thin some are thick) you have to lay the thinset thick enough that the thinner tiles sit up higher so when you squish it all and press another tile over them to push them down they are as flush as possible.  then i take my handy flat head screwdriver and spend a lot of time just removing the extra thinset that starts squishing out.  then more pressing adjusting etc.  i'm slow at this and spent the better part of yesterday doing that and will have a ways to go.  i havent even begun to deal with the center yet.

thankfully someone helped and did the bulk of the bullet shell cutting.  that was my least favorite part.  about 600 shells or more will be needed, possibly 800.  i have a cool centerpiece money clip i want to put in the center that i got at the scrap yard.  i'm think…

here today

today i finished prelaying the front porch tile mosaic save for the inside of the star.  the body of the texas star will be BULLET SHELLS of course to match the shower i did see posts below) and inbetween the star body parts will be long vertical tiles.  i hope to get those cut tomorrow as well as apply the thinset and lay the tile.  the bullet thing will take awhile, i figured it is gonna take about 600 bullets or more to fill that baby and i wimped out early in cutting them.  i'm a pussy i've told you...and to cut the bullet we are using a bandsaw. picture a tiny bullet...holding it and pushing it thru the blade.  each and everytime i am convinced my fingers will get sucked/pulled into the blade.  the bullets get really hot.  its not fun.  eric loves this whole pentagon thing, the meaning of things and wants to help so he is being a trooper and cutting a lot of them for me.  i will probably work sunday on that. i hope.  the sun hits the porch in the afternoon and sometimes …

finished shower

you can see all of the photos on flickr too.  i'm happy with the shower.  i still need to apply a sealer which may (i hope) make the grout darker.  that was my one beef that the grout seemed too light and dusty after wiping the excess away from the tiles ...okay my 2nd beef was that i didnt know what i was doing and if i were to replicate this i would have put more tile around the crosses so they popped out more.  i mistakenly thought that if left alone the crosses would pop out but now i wonder if having tile closer to them would have been a better idea. 

the first photo shows the bedroom that neko did.  the walls have galvanized steel all around them and i wanted the tile to first and foremost bring out the bullet shells and then blend with the bedroom.  its a manly bedroom.  i wanted us to make the ceiling a decoupage of nude women (i dont think thats gonna happen hahaha).  just feels like a gritty room that seedy writerly thoughts would occur in.  and it is dark so i'm h…

vases

made a few new vases a couple weeks ago, i just now got around to taking photos and adding a few of them.  still a white and pink one to add but for now i have this yellow one and a cool crushed one listed.


still working on that shower...well the floor is now what is left to grout and then seal both the shower and floor.  been trying to enjoy some of this soon to end amazing weather before it gets too hot/humid.  hoping i have some time to do some big scrap yarding and just walking around.  i miss that....this job i'm doing still has me zapped and not capable of much by the end of the day.

here is the pink and white vase yet to be listed, i think they are all big bold and beautiful!



ssssssshower

here is where i confess.  i am sick of the whole shower thing.  and i know its a good opportunity and i've learned something and yeah, made a few bucks too but it has been hard on me and i suppose if i were doing it for myself (which i wouldnt do this hahahaa) i would care more.  it's not that i dont care, i'm just burnt out.  perhaps the extreme fatigue has something to do with it.  now that i kinda found out that the open sewer hole should have been sealed up and that perhaps i was feeling so drained because of that, i can look back and see if i had more energy it wouldnt have been so bad.  and this WAS my first time doing this alone.  i tend to not like doing something that i dont think i'm doing a good job technically with.  and i know i've made mistakes and i also would really like it if the grout were a lot darker and it 'popped' out more.  but it is what it is.  there is a deadline for all this to be done.  i had to whip up an idea LIKE THAT  and wor…

all about the shower

so the challenge of yesterday was working with that thinset around the larger cross.  since i made that cross on its own hardieboard first and because the wall was so uneven, all of that sticks out way more than it should.  in order for the grout and everything to blend, i had to make a thicker than normal batch of thinset and 'build it up'.  took me a few tries to get it right.  then i had to let it dry a bit as it was so thick that everytime i put tile on it the tile would drag it down and it became a mess.  when the thinset dried even more i then had to scrape around the tiles with a screw so there is space enough for the grout to sit.  i can only hope it all works out when its time to grout....

so, i finished the inside of the shower yesterday and now i need to do the 'entry way' of the shower (sides, step area).  dan had me put white tile on the floor of the shower on day one of this project.  when people ask what color the shower floor will be i say its already…

jaded

so today's problem was....the cross which i made on top of hardieboard to then put onto the shower wall hardieboard wont sit flush because the top half of the above shower wall sinks in more and there is a big gap behind the cross/hardieboard when i put it up there to screw it in/affix with liquid nails.
hadda call dan AGAIN.  i hate having to ask a million questions let alone bug him to come by on a day he wasnt planning to.  he had a brilliant idea as usual.  dan's mind works like THAT.  you bring anything to him and you dont even get to see the wheels turn, they spin so fast it is astonishing.  he decided to screw in thick ended screw with washers below and above the cross piece to 'hold it' in place so i can build up a thick layer of the quickset for the upper half in back.  i also wanted to put those hooks (which you see in the top photo on top of the tiles) into the tiles so people can hang their wash cloths in the shower.  so i have to pre drill holes into the ti…

my crosses to bear

believe it or not this is all i have done.  yesterday i went in and put the first little cross up and then the 2nd....the vibration of the drill proved to be too much (the drill bit was bad and it was a chore to do) so the first little cross just tumbled right off of the hardieboard and broke into several pieces.   i let loose a verbal slew of heavenly slander.

i had to wait for dan to show up to put his think tank on. i will admit i dont know wtf i'm doing.  i have no clue.  this is easy, for you....for me?  i forget the steps of doing things.  i'm so out of my element when i learn anything new that until i've done it 1000 times i never remember the steps.  so i realized i didnt put the trough thing thru the wet  quickset yesterday and maybe that is what the problem was.  but dan said no, since i'm working with lightweight stuff and on the small hardieboard cut outs (which even those took me too long to want to explain)  that wouldnt make a difference.  what probably …

bullet shells + 2nd chakra shit

do i really know or understand what a chakra is?  uh...nuhuh.  but i DO know that in my reading of 'eastern mind western body' the nugget (that would be me according to tod) definitely has over/under balances in those areas.  whats a nugget to do?  well i gots me some simple techniques for the 1st chakra...grounding myself.  should help with those annoying bouts of anxiety and feeling like i'm doomed and have no ability to take care of myself financially or in my 'home'.

the 2nd chakra presents a bit of a dog bone of a problem as i need movement and experiences.  duh.  i knew it.  which is why i'm working for dan right now on that house.  its letting myself fall into it all.  it is not easy for me.  i'm supposed to fall into life.  not know.  aim for it.  ZOOM into the void. (again and again apparently since obviously the leaving of my life in arizona 9 years ago and venturing off into the unknown in my car/tent wasnt enough)

today i went there ...into t…

finally starting to click

this is week 2 of me working with/for dan.  its different this time.  feels it to me at least.  i've changed.  i hadnt realized it until i got back in the saddle and noticed my 'tude was different.  for one....the ego seems to have sloughed off a few layers.  its a joint effort.  people work together.  i dont have to prove anything.  i'm working with some mellow peeps and i can relax.

feels different.  already i've learned some stuff and challenged myself.  i may like rust and industrial debitage but i'm kinda a pussy in many ways.  i may act tough.... still, sometimes... but i'm still anxious.  my heart can beat as fast as a small rodent if i'm startled or thinking too much.  so yeah, it was a big fucking deal for me to be moving around a big ole extension ladder last week (with my lower back out ta boot) and climbing up it to paint the exterior of this house that we are all 'daninizing'.  on a busy street no less so i get to feel my projected judg…