An ocau first: bird bath! The countdown to xmas, past events, a stereotypical garden loving mum, and 8 or so beers came together in a fateful way last week to give birth to this project. Hopefully it will be of interest to some of you. Anyway, the idea is to customize a bird bath by creating a mosaic inside. A quick shop around shows basic ceramic bird baths going for around nz$90 to $200. screw that. then I found this shallow bowl at mitre 10 mega. $26, bargain. onto designing the mosaic... I need to keep it simple, and like the look of the blue and green glass tiles I ended up ordering online. So I sketched a few lizards/geckos and scanned them to photochop, but wasnt really happy with the results. google images to the rescue! plenty of people seem to have tattoos with designs similar to what I was looking for... starting to think geckos are a bit cliche? meh, it's for mum. lots of contrast and brightness tweaking, resizing results in early mock up transferring design onto bowl finished design decided to put mirror pieces in the bottom, and as mirror tiles were $12 for 8 tiny tiles, I just found an old mirror and (carefully) broke it and filed down the edges. It took forever and ended up with a lot of little chips around the edges which hopefully won't be so visible when the grout is put on. after gluing... I am using vitreous glass 10mm tiles for the geckos, and most of the rest of the bowl. Since I don't have any of the right tools there's been quite a bit of hit and miss with shaping them. eventually found the cutting edge of long nose pliers works best, but still only 50% success rate. at least this type of glass doesn't splinter. I am using liquid nails as the glue, which is great fun when you're trying to stick tiny pieces of glass onto concrete I quickly learnt that fingers provide the best surface to adhere objects to. 1st gecko this took a while (2 hours?), but I worked out a good method eventually, so I think I can finish the last two in the same time it took to do this one. that's all for now, gotta try and get this shit off my fingers.