Friday, March 23, 2018

Becca's Enclosures Part 3

It's been a couple of months since I last posted photos of the fiber glass enclosure that my friend Becca Kacanda had been working on. Since that time she has been experimenting with smaller versions of the original enclosure to work out how she will decorate the new design.  I caught up with her yesterday and was able to get a few photos of her progress with this project.

Here is the completed three foot tall enclosure that Becca and I assembled.  Much lighter than the cast iron bath tub that she originally decorated.  With this portion of the project completed Becca thought it best that she work on some smaller enclosures just to get a feel of how she might decorate this very large structure.

This photo of Becca and the mid-sized enclosure that is almost fully decorated gives you a much better idea of how the large structure may end up.  All the pieces of glass and tile are hand glued on to the structure and then grout is applied to fill all of the voids between each of the small pieces.  Almost all of the small pieces had to be hand cut and fitted into this very intricate and decorative piece.  Impressive to say the least. 

Here is the smaller version of one of the enclosures again decorated in cut tiles, glass and stones. With the white grout this piece is my favorite.  With the addition of a small tea candle or a figurine inside the enclosures it will surely brighten up a space in one way or another. 

Here's Becca use a special tool to cut some of the small pieces that will go into the mid-sized enclosure.  All of this work she creates in her little studio located at the Key City Creative Center  makerspace in Dubuque Iowa.  

Becca and I have gotten to know each other pretty well while working on her project together.  I am more for the design and structural aspect of the things I make and Becca as you can see has a better eye for the decorative end of a project.  She certainly has that portion of this project down to a fine art.  With my help she can also now lay fiberglass down just as good as I can so it is another skill that she will surely use in more projects in the future.  Don't stop Becca!  Your doing great! 

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