The Treehouse Orchestra

Current status on the mosaic at the shop

Here’s a quick update on the latest mosaic. We have all of the foliage cut, as well as the tree branch. Four of the kids are completely done. The background stone has been ordered and is en route.

Yellow travertine becomes very blonde hair

Persian Gold is the trade name os a very lovely yellow travertine that I like to use. In this case it’s crazy bright yellow hair. This was a tricky choice; I wanted blonde because there are already so many kinds with black or brown hair. The more muted ‘blonde’ colors were too similar to the stone I used for the face. It’s seems rather vivd on it;’s own, but I like the way it brightens up the foliage in the overall mosaic photo, above. At this point I’d say it’s 50/50 that we keep this hair or change it out for something else.

The mounting system for the triangle in the new mosaic

The boy in the lower center of the mosaic it jumping to strike a triangle that’s hanging from the tree branch. I thought it would be cool if there was a real triangle in the piece, and of course wanted it to be able to ring out if struck. This is the arrangement we’re working with for the installation. When purchased, the triangle had a single hole with a piece of sturdy monofilament through it. It rang beautifully with a long sustain. I needed this to be stronger and able to withstand some measure of abuse or misuse. We added a second hole. Being pinned like this will keep the triangle from hitting and damaging the stone behind it. It also makes it harder for young hands to grab at it and pull it loose. Two bits of stainless threaded rod poke through the background marble. They are welded to a thin plate. Little nuts behind the triangle help to hold it off the stone. Honestly, it doesn’t ring as well as it would were it able to hang freely, but it sounds pretty good. There’s less sustain. A little bit of tape over the threads inside the holes helps it ring longer than when it was just resting on the bare threaded rod.