Thursday, July 23, 2009

A New Tile Day-Yea!!

I have kept plugging away and am getting a little more done every day. On the left is the kiva.
I have started coating it with the sanded thinset. I have to do a little at a time to keep it smooth and even.
The middle picture shows the adobe with the first midnight blue tile down and the lights on the walls. There will be a hurrican lamp on the kiva mantel and a wire to electrify the fire place (which I don't know if I will do-but the wire will be there).
The picture on the right is the midnight blue tile with the clear glazed tile-I am short 70 clear glaze tile. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bad Tile Day

First, let me state I am very grumpy today. I got the tiles I was going to lay in the SW room out of the kiln and discovered I put the wrong glaze on about 40 tiles. They are terrible. But being one who makes lemonade out of lemons, I am going to use them on the porch part of the room. The tiles look a little purple, which works out, because I painted a bird cage I am putting on the porch pale purple-ment to be. I recovered the outside of a wall with thinset, because it look terrible. Today I white washed the side. I put more sanded thinset on the kiva. This is slow going. Every surface and edge must be perfect-so I do a little bit and let it dry. At the rate I am going it will take two weeks. I am going to wire the fireplace to light. I don't know if I am going to light it or not, but I want the wire in there anyway. I am tired of making tile. I have 200 more to make-I'm happy to do that, because it is for a friend.

Friday, July 17, 2009


It seems like magic to have gotten this far. I am not posting any pictures because I am toooo lazy. I have filled in all the crackes and skewer holes on the SW house. Now all I have to do is "whitewash" the fill spots. I have to make 120 tile for just the inside of the house-so I am busy pouring tile. I am putting a navy blue color around the room and will have to continue that pattern in front of the fireplace. Tonight, I started stuccoing the fire place. That is going to take a while, as I have to let parts dry so I don't mess up the finish. Hopefully I will have the inside of the room done by this weekend. I am pouring a friend a floor-so I have to get busy on that.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fourth Wall

Ta Da, the fourth wall is up. It seems very sturdy. I am going to put it aside till the end of next week to let the glue really dry.

Raisen the Walls

I am so excited to get three walls up. I was thinking I would not put the forth wall up but now I think I will. If you look very closely at the right side of the box in the right picture, you will see little holes. That is where I put the skewers in-short ones, about 2 in. with Grrrip glue on them. I will post again when I have the fourth wall up.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

White Wash

Today I started white washing my SW room walls. I mixed 3 parts eggshell white paint with 1 part water. I took a 1/2" flat stiff bristle brush and slathered it on. I am now waiting for it to dry and it looks great. I hope to paint the back side tonight, and let it dry really well. I also hope to put the building together tomorrow. Will send more pictures after it is together.