I love to transform unwanted and damaged items of a vintage nature by breathing new life into them and when I saw this piece of slate on a string in local charity shop thought it would be a great item to be decorated and be durable for the garden .
How to Create a Beautiful Garden Art Piece From Your Old Crockery
I begin by roughly drawing a spiral shape onto the slate. I imagine the pieces of vintage ceramic going around from the centre outwards. Curling gently in colourful pattern forms. You could design any shape you feel works for you and so good using your imagination to come up with unique designs..
I use wheeled tile nippers to cut the ceramic crockery into small pieces and try and choose little pretty flowers and patterns. I think would work well on the piece.
Next is to sand smooth the raw edges of the ceramic pieces and the mini hand held drill with a carbide wheel to go around the rough edges works a dream.
I use PVA glue to stick the little ceramic pieces onto the slate. I am starting from the centre and working outwards and careful to keep little gap in between pieces for the grouting later.
I sand the edges of the ceramic pieces to make smooth and position and PVA glue them in position in a spiral pattern.
I begin to put some cement grout into the centre of tiles and with an old pice of card begin working it through the cracks in spiral designs. When it has been on a few mins I wipe the excess grout off and clean up with tissues.
So pretty hanging in the garden!
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Jenny on Jun 18, 2021
oh I like this, have you made an indent in the slate to put the broken crockery or do they sit proud? Black grouting? Never heard of that before. Thanks for sharing, you’ve created a unique piece for your garden. I love it 😊