Garden Art forum: China Plate Stepping Stones

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Jul 9, 2013 8:47 AM CST
I want to make stepping stones out of cut up plate pieces. What is the best way to cut the plates? I've ordered a wheeled glass cutter which seems to be the most popular choice. I have a wet saw in my basement but don't have a clue about how to use it to cut a plate. I've also read about using a "ring cutter" which looks like a little band saw-but costs around $300. What advice can you guys give me?
Thanks,
Deb
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 9, 2013 9:20 PM CST
Are you looking to cut specific shapes, sort of like a planned mosaic? If not, I'd just drop them on a hard surface and see what you get.
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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Jul 10, 2013 7:22 PM CST
I don't want a shattered look-more like the original plate with grout in between the pieces. Not sure if that make sense :)
Deb
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 10, 2013 7:47 PM CST
So, like a flattened plate, intact except in pieces? I'd find some experimental free plates and work with your wet saw to see if that is the ticket. We built our house in the 80s and used a lot of tile throughout, cutting it all by hand (not always so successfully). When we recently did a small remodel, we rented a wet saw tile cutter and I was astounded at how much simpler that was. Live and learn I guess.
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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Jul 11, 2013 4:46 AM CST
Thanks! I'll give it a try. You're right, live and learn Smiling That's why we have the tile saw-to tile our bathroom floor....on ongoing project that's been waiting for us for quite a while.......
Deb
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Boopaints
Jul 22, 2013 7:52 PM CST

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BE sure to share photos with us as you create your stepping stones. Sounds GREAT! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Jul 23, 2013 6:42 PM CST
I'm hopefully going to experiment cutting up plates tomorrow :)
Deb
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 25, 2013 8:55 AM CST

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Hurray! If you are able to take photos in a step by step method it would be great! Have fun!
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goldfinch4
Oct 25, 2013 9:08 AM CST
So Deb, how did it go? Did you ever get some stepping stones made?
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Oct 26, 2013 9:16 AM CST
Ditto with Chris's question...am interested in possible project photos?
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Dec 31, 2013 7:45 AM CST
I have a few old Blue Willow plates that I thought would make a pretty art stepping stone. Does anyone have pics or links to some that are finished?
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Dec 31, 2013 12:25 PM CST
Try this?

https://www.google.com/search?q=broken+plate+mosaics+steppin...
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Jan 1, 2014 1:01 AM CST
Very pretty, I like the ones that you can buy because it looks like the squares would be easier to use. Or you could at least get them closer. A mosaic gazing ball is another project I am thinking about.

I have so many projects that I want to do before Spring lol.
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nap
Jan 4, 2014 8:03 AM CST
[quote="webesemps"]Try this?

]https://www.google.com/search?q=broken+plate+mosaics+steppin...

That link is wonderful! So many great ideas!
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jan 4, 2014 8:30 AM CST
That is an inspiring link, thanks for posting it.
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Jan 17, 2014 9:27 PM CST
Heh heh, saving this for a winter project....guess winter's here. Thanks for the great link, websemps!
Deb
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jan 17, 2014 10:46 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

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