Thank you. Yes, I did use the QuikStik mesh. In fact, I can't imagine tackling such a large project without it! I found it invaluable. As you know, transferring the design sometimes can be the most difficult part, keeping it accurate. I will probably use it for most my projects for the rest of my life! (I am a fan.)
Likes: Simple to use, easy to reposition. I could cut it to the precise area I was working on. No toxic fumes or mixing to do. I could create the entire piece before mixing an ounce of thin set, and still be confident that what I created would be the final product, not some warped version of it. Easy to transfer to its final position.
Dislikes: Most of this project I did on backerboard in my studio on a horizontal surface. Some pieces, the gap-fillers, had to be installed on a vertical surface. Sometimes the weight would stretch the mesh, warping the design. (I might have been pushing the ability of the mesh. I also think heat was a factor--working in Arizona.) Also, I discovered on another project, that even though thin set is white and the mesh is white, you can still see it through colored clear glass. I fixed that problem by using the mesh on the top of the piece, lowering it into the thin set and peeling it off! I would say one other thing--sometimes the mesh would 'trick me' into thinking the glass was firmly in place with thin set, then realize later it was only the mesh holding it on. There is a fine line between good adhesion and a gunky mess, and often I erred on the side of not enough thin set in between the tesserae. I think many of these issues are me working with a new product (to me) not a problem of the product itself.
If you want to see more of my process, you can find it here: www.collidescopes.wordpress.com
I liked your page on Facebook-- you are certainly welcome to share my work there if you would like.
Staci shows a lot of progress photos and other projects on her website, collidescopes. Check it out.