Guitars on the Brain – Mosaic Guitar Tutorial – Part 1

I have just finished sanding a guitar for an exhibit using an electric sander, and my fingers are still vibrating.  It is no secret that I love guitars.  I started doing mosaics on guitars about 5 years ago and today, I officially started preparing for an entire exhibit of them.

This is a picture of one that I did for Amy Corriea, the singer, and is shown before I grouted it.

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Here is the front of it pre-grout.  I couldn’t seem to locate a photo of it after I had grouted it.

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In order to share the process of how I make these mosaics, I have decided to document my progress on these future ones that I plan to make, and post it here as I go along….so this post is part one of many.

Today’s guitar is a small one, child-size, but still a real guitar.  I started by removing its strings.   As you can see by my dusty fingers, I jumped the gun a little bit and actually started sanding BEFORE I had removed the strings….but really.  They should be removed first.

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The objective of the sanding is not to necessarily remove the glossy surface, but to roughen it up so that it will accept the sealer better.

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There is no rhyme nor reason to the sanding….just a gentle circular motion over the entire surface so that in the end, it should look like the following picture.

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Some of it will need to be hand-sanded, as opposed to using the electric sander.  I will finish that up and slap a sealer on it and make another entry about it at a later date.

Ciao, for now!

Published by Stacy Alexander

Stacy Alexander - Visual Artist/Writer/Professional Fact Checker

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