While at perusing world market one day, I saw these babies...
And these from wayfair. Hello nurse.
And knew exactly what I wanted to do with the remnant. I was scared to tackle this project because stone is so hard. In my brain, I imagined pieces chipping off and flying into my eyes and being blind for the rest of my life. Which is obviously a reasonable fear. So I googled how to cut your own marble and found a number of ways to do it. What we ended up using was a mixture of an angle grinder with a masonry wheel and a jig saw with a diamond blade. I traced a few patterns on the marble using a couple different sized bowls and cutting boards that I already had.
The diamond bit was purchased at Home Depot in the tile section. When I asked where I could find it, the guys at home depot had no idea what I was even talking about. Then again, one day I asked where a speed square was and some dude said they didn't have it. Uh... ok. Does this bother anyone else? I know men are proud and junk but if you don't know, just say it. Ugh. So anyways, I wandered around until I could find it myself.
The angle grinder was perfect for the straight sides and the jig saw blade worked perfectly for the round parts and corners.
The jig saw worked exactly like it does with wood, just took way longer. The main thing I learned was to go slow and keep it wet. The diamond blade cuts way better when it stays wet. So we just poured a little water from a bowl as we went.
Sorry the picture sucks. I was trying to show the water, the jig saw, and the tile while taking a picture and I'm pretty sure there was a kid tugging on my leg for me to push play on a movie or something. Anyways, we just poured a tiny bit of water while we were cutting and it worked way way better. After the forms were cut out, I just sanded down the edges with a sander like regular wood. It worked like a charm.
I glued the round cut outs to a few candle sticks I bought from Target. Here they are in all their glory. I love how they turned out. I had some fun taking pictures of them at my friend Kalli's house. She has a plethora of awesome accessories at my disposal. Here they are in her gorgeous kitchen.