The raw material
       
     
Cutting the bottles
       
     
Slumping the glass
       
     
The glass is ready
       
     
 August 1, 2016...We clear the grounds so we can begin the mosaic. The wall is in the center of the property, and stands empty with the exception of a few bushes, which are dug out with gusto by the crew.
       
     
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Getting the wall ready
       
     
Prepping the wall
       
     
 This prep process takes several days and two layers of thin-set mortar
       
     
 Becca smoothing the mortar
       
     
 The girls offering a hand
       
     
 Alyssa learning some trowel techniques
       
     
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 The crew
       
     
 Bianca, cutting and placing the first squares of flattened bottle glass onto the wall to begin the mosaic. It has taken months to get everything ready and plan for this project, and will be be weeks and weeks more to its completion.
       
     
 And so it begins....the design is of the Santa Ana mountains, and we begin with the ground
       
     
 The boys learning to cut up the glass using hand tools...safety first!
       
     
 Kola and Medina adding to the mosaic.
       
     
 Learning the finer points of glass cutting....like don't smash it into a million little pieces!
       
     
 Shama placing pieces
       
     
 Natalie cutting glass 
       
     
 Even the mormons wanted to help during their visit to the property! Thanks guys!
       
     
 Brian and Medina making progress
       
     
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 Medina and Bianca   
       
     
 Safety first, y'all!   
       
     
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 The wall is two feet tall and 120 feet long. It's a big project, and will take us months to complete
       
     
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 Adding green bottle glass to the tops of the mountains   
       
     
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 Nathan cutting glass. Every day it seems someone new shows up to help
       
     
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 Atal, Balal, and Warissa making a mountain range in their own names
       
     
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 Trinh making her mountain
       
     
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 October 28, 2016, evening time 
       
     
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 April 17, 2017...We begin grouting the mosaic and it's gonna be messy. 
       
     
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The raw material
       
     
The raw material

The first step is the collection of colored glass bottles

 

Cutting the bottles
       
     
Cutting the bottles

The neck and bottom of each bottle is removed using a diamond-blade saw, and then the remaining body of the bottle is cut into two halves down the middle

 

Slumping the glass
       
     
Slumping the glass

To make the pieces flat, the glass is placed in a kiln and brought up to 1450 degrees Fahrenheit gradually, and then slowly cooled back to room temperature.

The glass is ready
       
     
The glass is ready

After an eight hour cycle in the kiln, the glass is flattened through a process called "slumping," and can be cut apart and used for the mosaic

 August 1, 2016...We clear the grounds so we can begin the mosaic. The wall is in the center of the property, and stands empty with the exception of a few bushes, which are dug out with gusto by the crew.
       
     

August 1, 2016...We clear the grounds so we can begin the mosaic. The wall is in the center of the property, and stands empty with the exception of a few bushes, which are dug out with gusto by the crew.

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Getting the wall ready
       
     
Getting the wall ready

Medina and Bianca getting ready to mix the thin-set mortar to prep the wall for mosaic-making

Prepping the wall
       
     
Prepping the wall

The wall is prepared by spreading a thin layer of white mortar on the surface so that it creates a continuously smooth and clean surface to glue the glass onto

 

 This prep process takes several days and two layers of thin-set mortar
       
     

This prep process takes several days and two layers of thin-set mortar

 Becca smoothing the mortar
       
     

Becca smoothing the mortar

 The girls offering a hand
       
     

The girls offering a hand

 Alyssa learning some trowel techniques
       
     

Alyssa learning some trowel techniques

100_0606.jpg
       
     
 The crew
       
     

The crew

 Bianca, cutting and placing the first squares of flattened bottle glass onto the wall to begin the mosaic. It has taken months to get everything ready and plan for this project, and will be be weeks and weeks more to its completion.
       
     

Bianca, cutting and placing the first squares of flattened bottle glass onto the wall to begin the mosaic. It has taken months to get everything ready and plan for this project, and will be be weeks and weeks more to its completion.

 And so it begins....the design is of the Santa Ana mountains, and we begin with the ground
       
     

And so it begins....the design is of the Santa Ana mountains, and we begin with the ground

 The boys learning to cut up the glass using hand tools...safety first!
       
     

The boys learning to cut up the glass using hand tools...safety first!

 Kola and Medina adding to the mosaic.
       
     

Kola and Medina adding to the mosaic.

 Learning the finer points of glass cutting....like don't smash it into a million little pieces!
       
     

Learning the finer points of glass cutting....like don't smash it into a million little pieces!

 Shama placing pieces
       
     

Shama placing pieces

 Natalie cutting glass 
       
     

Natalie cutting glass 

 Even the mormons wanted to help during their visit to the property! Thanks guys!
       
     

Even the mormons wanted to help during their visit to the property! Thanks guys!

 Brian and Medina making progress
       
     

Brian and Medina making progress

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 Medina and Bianca   
       
     

Medina and Bianca

 

 Safety first, y'all!   
       
     

Safety first, y'all!

 

100_0889.jpg
       
     
 The wall is two feet tall and 120 feet long. It's a big project, and will take us months to complete
       
     

The wall is two feet tall and 120 feet long. It's a big project, and will take us months to complete

100_0907.jpg
       
     
 Adding green bottle glass to the tops of the mountains   
       
     

Adding green bottle glass to the tops of the mountains

 

100_0948.jpg
       
     
 Nathan cutting glass. Every day it seems someone new shows up to help
       
     

Nathan cutting glass. Every day it seems someone new shows up to help

100_0922.jpg
       
     
100_1008.jpg
       
     
 Atal, Balal, and Warissa making a mountain range in their own names
       
     

Atal, Balal, and Warissa making a mountain range in their own names

100_1007.jpg
       
     
 Trinh making her mountain
       
     

Trinh making her mountain

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the master at work
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 October 28, 2016, evening time 
       
     

October 28, 2016, evening time 

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 April 17, 2017...We begin grouting the mosaic and it's gonna be messy. 
       
     

April 17, 2017...We begin grouting the mosaic and it's gonna be messy. 

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