I am literally leaving a snail trail around the house! And in the process I am driving my (very patient) husband crazy. I have just received a delivery of 10 ceramic snails! Yes 10. Maybe I am going nuts, but there is a method in my madness.
Since the creation of Timothy (you can see him here), the snail I mosaiced for a friend, I’ve had so many requests from people wanting the very same thing. Who knew snails could be so popular. This puts me in a bit of a predicament, I created Timothy with love for a dear friend and I sort of wanted him to be a one-of-a-kind. But alas, it was not to be, AND how could I turn down the extra cash! Life is expensive and every penny helps. So… I ordered 10 snails. I only have standing orders for 5 but I thought I might as well order 10. Just for good measure. Just in case. Agree?
I have started mosaicing two (you may recognise Tiny Tim from this post) and I painted one silver. Vince hates my silver snail but everybody else loves it. I still might mosaic him, just gotta live with him for a while and see what’s best for him. Here he is, in the flesh :).
Mosaicing requires a lot of patience. It is not for the faint hearted. It takes a long time to complete a project and it’s a costly hobby. Here are a few of my favourite tools!
- Tile snapper – snaps pieces of glass in half
- Glass cutter – I can cut any shape out of glass with this amazing tool. Expensive but worth every penny!
- Rubber cutting mat – to protect the tools and surfaces around my home (like the kitchen coutertops – eeck!)
- Tile nipper – nips off little edges when a piece of glass just won’t fit
- Genkem Wood glue – I use different glue for different projects for this project I opted for trusty old wood glue. Dries quicky and sticks fast!
There are some other tools that I would like to have but that will come in time. For now I am happy with what I’ve got.
This is what the snails are looking like at the moment. The large white one (I shall call him Vanilla Ice) is from my new shipment of snails and Tiny Tim is one that I already had, he just needed a bit of bling 🙂 (yes, I will probably name ALL of the snails).
Vince is lucky I’m only busy with two, if I had the space I would have all ten prepped and ready for action. I’m one of those people! Yep, the kind that have a million projects going at once. My house is chaos 90% of the time! One day I will have a beautiful craft room with loads of space for EVERYTHING! Oh what a dream. Sigh…
Here is a close up, so you can get an idea of how small those pieces of glass are. Teeny I tell you, and it’s taking me forever!
I will post pics of these two babies when they are finally complete. They are going to look amazing. AMAZING! (even if I say so myself #nothinglikealittlebitofselfpromotion).