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Fri, Sep 08, 2023

Wildflower Mosaic Planter

Wildflower Mosaic Planter

 

Project Instructions

 

Materials list:

 

 

Step 1 - Lay Your Tiles

 

  • For applying the patterned glass cabochon, coat the back with White Silicone and then position it onto the planter. Be sure to avoid any air bubbles in the silicone by gently moving it as you place it.
  • Apply the PVA adhesive onto the surface of the planter using a paintbrush, focusing on small sections at a time.
  • For precise placement of the tiles, it is advised to cut the tiles in the colour pack. If you're new to tile cutting, refer to our blog post titled "Tools & Tips For Tile Cutting."
  • When laying the 8mm tiles, it is recommended to use tweezers for better control, as it can be a bit tricky.
  • Once the tiling process is finished, allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours before proceeding to grouting. Confirm the tiles' firm attachment by running your hand over them. If any tiles are loose, remove and securely reattach them.

 

Step 2 - Grouting time

 

  • Before starting the grouting process, ensure that the base surface is clean and free from any loose particles or debris. Also, check that there is no dried adhesive on the tile surface.
  • Use painters or masking tape to protect the wooden surface next to the area that will be grouted.
  • Take precautions to avoid getting grout on the unprotected wooden base. To help with this, keep the planter stationary during grouting. Place it on a piece of paper and rotate the paper as needed. Remember to replace the paper regularly.
  • Grab a clean mixing bowl and pour a small amount of water into it. Gradually add the grout while continuously stirring until you achieve a smooth and lump-free mixture. The consistency should resemble that of oatmeal. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes, then stir it again before applying it onto the tiles.
  • It is recommended to wear gloves when working with grout. You can apply the grout using your hands. Apply it in a diagonal motion, ensuring that it fills the entire depth of the joints. Use your gloved hands or a sponge to remove any excess grout. Keep a container of water nearby to rinse the sponge as you work.
  • After applying the grout, let it sit for 20-30 minutes or until it becomes hazy. Then, take a slightly damp sponge or cloth and wipe off the haze from the tiles. Use a dry cloth to buff and shine the tiles. It's crucial to remove as much grout as possible from the tile surface at this stage, as it will be harder to remove later. Avoid using paper towels, as they may flake off and stick to the grout.
  • After grouting, allow the mosaic piece to dry completely for 24 hours. If you notice any imperfections in the grout, you can easily address them. Prepare a small batch of grout and apply a small amount to the affected area, covering the imperfections. Additionally, you can buff and shine the surface once again to achieve a flawless finish.

 

We've used black grout to make the colour pop. If you haven't grouted before, click here to get step by step instructions.

 

This mosaic has been created as an indoor piece or it can be positioned outdoors in a protected area.

 

Handy Tips

 

  • Safety first – use protective eyewear when nipping glass
  • Never dispose of grout down the drain
  • Mix grout in a disposable container for an easy clean-up
  • We suggest that you use gloves when working with grout. While it is non-toxic, it can dry out your hands. You will go through a few pairs whilst grouting.

 

Patterned Glass Cabochon

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