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Unread 04-30-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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Oyster shell installation

What would one think the best way to randomly stick oyster shells to this wood hood?

My client experimented with a Mapei brand mastic in the sample pic.

If it helps, these are delicious Pamlico Sound oysters from the Hatteras, NC area.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 09:27 PM   #2
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When in doubt, I usually try 310 epoxy first.
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If it helps, these are delicious Pamlico Sound oysters from the Hatteras, NC area.
Get together with the customer and after you eat one take turns stickin em up there on the hood. Were you asking what to use to stickem or mainly how to randomly stick them. Hope your not ganna be groutin it. Looks like a fun job to do, your gonna be eatin a lot of oysters in order to fill the wood hood. They lookin for 100% coverage with the oyster shells? I like the idea, hope it turns out how you expect. How do you expect it to turn out. I wonder if there are any pics here on the something done like that?
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Bedrosians sells an oyster shell mosaic. I think I remember Homza posting a pic of a wall he did with it. Maybe he would know.

I would bet that most good thinsets would stick to the shells, it's the wood I'd be worried about.
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I'm curious about this as I live in a beach resort area. I'm sure this would go over very well in my area.

Where did the shells come from? How were they treated?

I don't have an oyster shell in front of me right now (shocker) but if I'm remembering correctly, aren't they sort of layered like slate? I'm thinking that if only a part of them is attached, what are the chances of them breaking off from that outer layer?

If getting them mounted tight enough to not show the base material is a problem, could the whole thing be coated in sand somehow, so that whatever is showing through the shells would look almost like a beach or something?

I'm actually headed to the beach in the AM to see if I can catch a striper or two. I'm gonna find some shells to bring home and play with myself.
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Delaware+Beach Resort Area=I would have never guessed.

Of course even New Jersey has some pretty nice beaches so Delaware has to also.

Dan- the job I did was over drywall as an accent wall in a dry area. I used Laticrete 4xlt. But any good thinset could have worked. I just wanted non sag since I wanted to work from the top down and not drip any thinset on the finished work.

I did have to go back and put a little more as a border around a mirror and used mastic and it did just fine.

I would say as Mark said you can't go wrong with Laticrete 310. And if you send the pics to Henry that is definitely a blogworthy installation.
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i would paper/lathe/thinset. i remember reading about some colored thinset/grout one step stuff.....anyone know what it is?
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What I want to know is if you are going to treat them first. I would be worried about the possible future smell.
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Yeah, I hear that Levi, also a great dust/grease catcher. Don't forget to clear coat em after install.
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I usually try 310 epoxy first.
Great product and no doubt it would work, but I think: 1)it might get expensive 2)don't think it dries white 3)might be difficult to use; lots of mixing and quick usage times.

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Where did the shells come from? How were they treated?
Shells are from Hatteras. The homeowner is a Hatteraswoman. She was born and bred here and ate these guys. Not sure how she's treated 'em
How was fishing? Sea mullet, some blues and the occasional drum here. On a side note, I used to deliver wholesale bait to most all the tackle shops in Slower Delaware.

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And if you send the pics to Henry that is definitely a blogworthy installation
This whole house has more than a pallet full of LATICRETE in it already.
white Venetino marble shower and a heated floor with Laticrete's 86, 253, 317 and some Ditra in there. Don't forget the Permacolor.

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Don't forget to clear coat 'em after install.
Good call!



My thoughts: skim coat the wood with "Laticrete latex thin-set mortar" as per Hydro Ban's instructions for EGP. Then apply Hydro Ban> thinset> shells.

Still not sure how to apply the thinset. I'd spray it on thick and drop shells in there if I could.
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A tip I had run across when doing some mosaics was to run the shells through the dishwasher to sanitize them . Some people will give them a good bleaching .
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