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all about the shower

had to build the thinset up fairly thick for the tile around the larger cross...a challenge for me

the thinset is still wet so its dark, which leads me to believe i need to use a dark grout

bullet soap dish yet to be grouted, wash rag bullet hooks on each side

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 done, in white and they make a disagreeable comment. i think, although i have not asked, that the reason for doing it in large white tile is that i am a novice and the shower floor HAS to be leveled such that the water flows into the center and down the drain. [i asked and it has nothing to do with my possible ineptitude, more that feet and water and tile are delicate things, you dont want shards cutting you so he wanted normal tile on the floor]  you do not want water standing in the shower.  this was a shower someone who worked for dan had already made and it had some level issues ( i have no idea what a shower floor is supposed to be like but i can assume like myself they also were 'learning as they go')  and i needed to build up the thinset in some areas so the tiles would allow water to drain properly.  i believe that were i to do all of that in mosaic it would have proved to be too much for me.  anyhow, until i remove the cardboard from the shower floor i dont really know how it all looks.  until i grout all of this i wont know either.  grout will change everything.  i've only done a little grouting (the cork floor at the bone house) even then i had help and by now dont remember a thing about it.  i've heard that grouting with a dark color is more difficult as it will stain the tile and you have to be fastidious and quick about it.  i dread thinking what it will be like to grout my bullet shell crosses.

anyhow.  after i do this then i do the floor.  i've decided since the shower has so much going on i'm going to use larger tiles for the floor.  again, i'm working with reclaimed tiles so i dont have a set amount of this and that to work with.  i have plenty of the salmon colored tile left (in small pieces) and then larger more plain tiles.  i think i will use the larger plain tiles as the main thing.  cut them up into squares or curves and then add smaller salmon colored in between them.  for the floor i also have to make sure it is more even and need to be careful about using thick and thin tiles together).  if i have the time and emotional oomph i'm fantasizing about maybe adding some pipe or bullet shell something or another....shelf? towel rack? there is a deadline, things need to get done but this is my little chance to put something of me out there and i should do all i can.


NuminosityBeads said…
This is so amazing, Paula. I am blown away already!
You have applied all of your sweat and artistry to every inch of this and it shows. The bullet soap tray... genius.
And that you suddenly are selling some of your puzzle work?... it seems the universe is tipping in your favor at last.
xoxo Kim
This is so beautiful! And I hope you didn't mind me saying you should make more puzzle sculptures. I forgot to say "congrats", but I was thinking it! You are on a roll, woman :-)
Anonymous said…
Keeps getting better and better
Angela Recada said…
Wow Paula! You are overcoming your challenges in leaps and bounds. This shower is beautiful already, and it's going to be absolutely amazing when you've finished it. Amazing!
Jo Murray said…
You must like hard work Paula... but the results will be well worth it.
paula said…
i have to admit, i'm actually surprised at your positive responses, really. sometimes i look at this and see a mess.
and yeah its really hard work jo....i spent the entire day today just grouting the thing side walls of the shower opening. still not done. this is a delicate shower, those crosses wont take kindly to abuse. but at least i got to explore something and yes, go outside of my comfort zone in so many ways. just being around people all day, working so hard for practically no money, but gaining experience and more than i can even know. thank you guys for your feedback, it helps after a long day of working like a minon. :)
andrea said…
Ha! I love Kim's comment. That soap dish is to die for! (See, I can do it, too. :) Seriously, I love how this is shaping up and as an anti-religion zealot who is obsessed w ith crosses, you should see *my* bathroom. Should I take a photo for you?
paula said…
yes andrea i wanna see
Anonymous said…
Paula, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the whole concept. It looks so labor intensive, but those can be our most favorite projects in hindsight...certainly some of our most memorable. The cork floor was beautiful! I have fantasized about doing that as well. Wonderful work as usual!
Paula, I'm hanging on to every word you have to say about this project--it is outrageously beautiful and inspires me to no end...!!!
Anonymous said…
Looks amazing!

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