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Mr. Sunshine (mosaic)

Category: bethie's world | Posted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:33 pm

I made this giant sunface from hypertufa this summer. It is a whopping 46inches by 24inches. It was made on a board by drawing the pattern in marker right onto the board.

I cut hardware cloth to mirror the pattern. Half the hypertufa is put on the board, then all the wire laid down and covered with more hypertufa. Much patting and shaping. You have plenty of worktime on this. The features are put on last.
My top was getting too wet from all the patting so I threw an old sheet on it and soaked up the water. There are some wires inserted between a few of the rays for tethering it if needed. This piece cured for several months and then hubby lugged it in and I start glassing it.
Hubby did his usual Great Job on the grout.
This piece is made as a leaner so I could put it against this stump. Strangely I've named him "Horace" though hubby persists in calling him "Homer."



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daisybeans wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:41 pm:


Oh I just love it. It is going to catch the sun and make you smile every time you look at it.




 

Newfpaws wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:04 pm:


This is so neat. You said this piece was made as a learner so I am looking forward to seeing more.




 

toni wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:18 pm:


Just gorgeous Bethie, I was hoping to try my hand at hypertufa this past winter but we didn't have dry enough days when it was convenient, maybe this summer.

Newfpaws, Bethie and her hubby do some amazing things. Check out these...(and go to Hobbies and Crafts, start at page 19 and work your way backward to find more of her work that she has posted.

A Chair....
http://www.gardenstew.com/about2688.html

A yellow and red face...
http://www.gardenstew.com/about3795.html

A stained glass butterfly...
http://www.gardenstew.com/about3965.html

A butterfly chair....
http://www.gardenstew.com/about4663.html




 

Sjoerd wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:55 pm:


You did good, Bethie.




 

eileen wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:59 pm:


Bethie Horace is the ideal thing to have placed against the tree stump. As Daisy says it will catch the light beautifully and sparkle.




 

kuntrygal wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:06 pm:


Bethie another work of art. You and hubby create such amazing works of art. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!




 

Frank wrote on Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:35 pm:


Another great one Bethie.




 

desertflower wrote on Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:27 am:


Wow, I was impressed with the first one and the final is great! I am wanting to do some more giant leaves with cement and some more hypertufa pots this year. A lot of mine go broken in the last move. Love Mr. Sun. He makes your place look happy.




 

gardengater wrote on Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:33 am:


That's just great, Bethie. What a wonderful job.




 

Droopy wrote on Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:49 pm:


I think he looks like the greek sun god Helios. Wonderful work, yet again. :D




 

Daniel Mazur wrote on Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:10 pm:


Beautiful work bethie!





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