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Brilliant Idea!

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So, I had a huge jar of left over glass pebbles--you know the kind that you get at the craft store in those little net bags. I use the flawless ones to make my custom art pendants and rather than throw away the flawed ones, I kept collecting them in a large glass jar hoping someday I would come up with a brilliant idea. Well, here it is! It's a work in progress...
Time: 40 Hours Cost: $80-100 Difficulty: Advanced
  • using glass pebbles as wall decor, decoupage, foyer, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I first cut out pages from an old pocket Bible that was falling apart and missing pages.
  • using glass pebbles as wall decor, decoupage, foyer, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I them spent a good part of a day, decoupaging them to a long section of the hallway wall.
  • using glass pebbles as wall decor, decoupage, foyer, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Once the decoupage had dried; I began at the bottom of the wall, gluing one glass bead at a time, using (you guessed it) E6000. This process took at least 10 separate, 1 hour sessions. Once I glued about 5 or 6 rows, I used lengths of scotch tape to secure them to the wall and allowed the glue to dry over night before starting another section.
  • using glass pebbles as wall decor, decoupage, foyer, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
This took a really, really, long time. I got to a point that I was a bit sorry that I started it. Of course that is simply because I am 54 years old and lazy.
  • using glass pebbles as wall decor, decoupage, foyer, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Love the way the light reflects off the glass and magnifies the words. You could use any background you like. I'm thinking colorful tissue paper, crinkled up, would look really lovely on a larger wall that gets a lot of light.
  • using glass pebbles as wall decor, decoupage, foyer, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Once I had covered the entire section of the wall with the glass pebbles, I got the crazy idea to grout them in. So, I mixed some black acrylic paint into the dry white grout that I had left over from the bathroom project and after masking everything off, I started at the bottom and worked my way up.
  • using glass pebbles as wall decor, decoupage, foyer, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I ran out of grout three quarters of the way up and have decided that I like the look and I am going to leave the rest un-grouted. The next step is going to be a surprise. I hope to have it completed in a couple months.
Hint: The next step includes a little girl blowing soap bubbles.....
I doubt many people have a large jar of left over glass beads; and I doubt most people would want to stick them on a wall; but, just in case you do...
  • using glass pebbles as wall decor, decoupage, foyer, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I will create a separate post once the project is complete. That post will provide a step-by-step on how I paint the wall mural.

To see more: http://thewoodssecretgarden.blogspot.com/

  • Weedinwoman54

    Absolutely beautiful. Love the way it turned out with half the grout. Can't wait till it's finished. You're very talented.

  • Kelly
    Kelly Bedford, VA

    I would love to do this, but am not the most patient person! May take me to turn 54 to gain from that much. Precious with the Bible pieces and to finish it with the little girl is perfect!

  • Nancy Spencer Carlson

    This is awesome! (And in case someone badgered you about cutting up a bible, it's still viable, and it was falling apart. You're good. ;-) )
    In the event your sense of design changes, or you sell the house and you or the new owner want something

    • Nancy Carlson
      Nancy Carlson Jesup, GA

      North Carolina is beautiful, no matter which part of the state. Enjoy your new house! An in-law apartment is such a help!

  • Irene Gronewald
    Irene Gronewald Ballwin, MO

    creative genious

  • Irene Gronewald
    Irene Gronewald Ballwin, MO

    i took old music paper...quite yellowed and taped it to glass doors ..inside of buffet...no one can see mess inside...so ..script through glass..

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