Click this link to read the story of the giant gecko mosaic!
Sacramento Bee article: "Giant Gecko Grabs Attention"
Here's a very brief version of the install in animated gif form. This is my first animated gif! Pretty exciting for me, excuse the gushing. Thank you gickr.com for this fun free photoplay.
Below, here is the swatches laid out on their plastic covered foam boards ready to install>>
Once the glue dried on the backs of the mesh, you can flip the whole swatch over and add the adhesive caulk. It's best to try to get adhesive on just about every piece. I used Loctite brand caulk for exterior use. Carefully lift the swatch up and slowly press into place. Wipe any excess caulk that comes up and over the surface of the glass with a finger or rag. Keep your mosaic safe from rain until it's completely dry (24 hours or so). Then it's ready to grout!
What do you do when you have a super ugly window that you don't use? This one was covered over on the inside to create a sound proof music room. You can see the foam glued to the other side. Super ugly. I (of course) opted to mosaic over it. With some clear silicone based adhesive I attached my swatches of stained glass mosaic that I had a few days before glued to fiberglass mesh. You can do this too! I was a little surprised how easy this was. I made 4 swatches about 19" x 15" and then filled in around the mounted swatches.
Fun pieces of the Lagartija Gigante (giant gecko) are coming together! Man, is this going to be a beast to install! Roughly 32' tall by 15' wide. I'm so glad I was able to get these tiles shipped to me in loose form. They normally come glued together in sheets and then I have to spend hours cutting off the gluey connectors with box cutters or scissors. Thank you Daltile for sparing me from that miserable job!
Here is my approved design for a downtown Sacramento apartment building with shops below. The bottom of the lizards tail starts at the second floor. It's three stories tall! These colors are much brighter than the actual tiles will be.
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All better now!