Way back in the mists of time (well, the 13th of January this year to be exact) I wrote about the wonderful mosaic tiles created from the remains of a bowl that once belonged to my Dad (Making History post here). One of the Snail’s talented nieces made four fantastic works of art from the shards. The question was where to hang them – and the answer was, eventually – “Blimery! In the Limery!” (or words to that effect).
Eight holes, eight screws, eight rawlplugs. This meant one thing, of course – DIY.
I know what you’re thinking, at least I do if you are a regular reader – cue language as blue as the Limery walls and a tale of disaster that can only be as a result of a drill, rawlplugs and sheer incompetence. But you would be wrong. Almost. Give or take.
The screws were reused from some other project that fell apart, er, was re-purposed. Judging by the surface rust on the screws, it was once an outdoor project. The rawlplugs were from a few things we have bought over the years that include them but are never needed (telephone brackets, extra shelf supports, that sort of thing). The holes came with the drill.
The handmade hooks we commissioned from the nice man in the People’s market and were just that – made by hand. So, some variation was to be expected. I matched pairs of hooks that were similar and set about fixing the first two in place. I measured once and cut about three times – I mean, I measured twice and then took an average.
Success! On to the second one… ah, a slight wrinkle as it were. The arms are inclined to be too inclined, meaning that the tile won’t sit safely on the hooks. Time to give up for now…
That was yesterday afternoon. This morning I fixed the other two tiles up, safe in the knowledge that there is a solution – modelling clay and blu-tack. The modelling clay (you can just see it, it’s very blue) sits in the crook of the arms to even out the slope and helps to lean the tile backwards slightly. The blu-tack sits at the top against the wall to help stop any movement. No sudden movements now anyone…
All up and looking really good – and all before morning coffee!