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Stepping Stones: Mosaic Stained Glass Crafts

by:Shihui     2020-03-17

Make beautiful landscape stepping stones with photos, easy to use.This is the last tutorial in the three series, covering different ways of making decorative colored glass stepping stones.This tutorial illustrates the steps used in the \"indirect method\", a simple process that makes it easy for you to design and make a detailed mosaic stepping stone mosaic without hand-made groutingThe finished stone has a smooth flat finish that improves its artistry while providing a solid and practical concrete stepping stone that will last for years.The stained glass stepping stone is the perfect choice for garden trails.More ideas and methods for stepping stones.The indirect method is the first choice for craftsmen to make color glass mosaics that are very detailed on smooth or even top surfaces.Then put in the transparent contact paper of the pouring mold.The concrete mixture is then poured on the glass to form a stepping stone.Use this process to resolve any thickness changes in the glass.Without any time constraints, the complex design can be easily prepared before pouring.The clear contact paper placed on the artist\'s rendering allows the glass to be set to the design perimeter.Any changes can be made easily before pouring cement.In this demonstration, white sand grouting was used during the first pouring, followed by a layer of gray cement mortar to enhance the strength of the stone.The white mud enhances the color of colored glass pebbles, making them vibrant and rich.A list of materials, a complete photo tutorial and written instructions on how to make a mosaic stepping stone are as follows.An Easy Step-By-Step 1.There are a lot of stepping stone molds to choose from, most of which cost only a few dollars are usually made of plastic, with various shapes and sizes that can be used multiple times.Amazon has a great choice you might want to see.For our stone, we used the 12 \\ \"round mold.Make a suitable paper template as soon as you choose the mold.Sketch your design onto the template.Step 2.Set-Set your glass color once you are satisfied with your design.Gently spray the mold (or brush it) with vegetable oil to prevent the cement from sticking to it.Use your paper template to cut the same size shape from clear contact paper.Place your paper template up in your mold design.Peel the sealing paper off the sticky contact paper, and then place the transparent sticky contact paper on the top of the paper template.If needed, you can bring in the position of keeping the contact paper with a little transparent glue.Arrange your glass directly on the contact paper and firmly press each piece in place.Step 3.Ready to pour/set-Choose a place with good ventilation, suitable for using cement.It should be ideal outside on a great day, or in your garage.Set up a horizontal workbench covered with newspaper or plastic waterproof cloth.Place the stepping stone mould and all the tools, water, mud and cement mortar you need in the neighborhood.I always like to have a bucket of water nearby and clean up my tools as needed.Make sure your latex gloves, dust cover and eyes --Ready to use clothing.Step 4.Wear latex gloves, evening masks and safety glasses.Put 4 cups of dry white mortar into a large bucket.Add 3/4 glass of water and have more water to add as needed.Mix the mud thoroughly with water with a tro knife until it is like thick peanut butter.If the mixture is too dry, add a small amount of water until the desired consistency is reached.If it is too thin, add more dry grouting.Make sure the slurry is fully mixed before pouring.Step 5.Gently cover your glass with mud tesserae and apply it with your tro knife until the glass is evenly coated.Tap gently with the handle of the screwdriver to fill the side of the mold for at least 30 seconds to help belch the grouting mud of any bubble.This also helps to level wet cement.When preparing for the second pouring of cement mortar, let the mud be placed for 15 minutes without interference.Clean up your bucket and all the excess mud wipes.Note: Make sure you burp \"gently...Do not shake the mold or knock on the side, which may cause the glass to move, allowing the mud to penetrate between the glass and the contact paper.Step 6.Wear your Twilight mask, latex gloves and safety glasses.Put 8 cups of dry cement mortar into the big bucket for measurement.Add 1 1/2 glass of water as needed and more water can be added.Mix dry mortar thoroughly with water with a tro knife until it is like thick peanut butter.If the mixture is too dry, add a small amount of water until the desired consistency is reached.If it is too thin, add dry mortar.Make sure the slurry is fully mixed before pouring.See mixed tips for other instructions.Step 7.Gently pour the cement mortar onto the white grout and apply it evenly with a tro knife.The edges of the Tro knife smooth the surface to an even level.The total time you spend on mixing, pouring and sliding should not exceed 5 minutes.Tap gently with the handle of the screwdriver to fill the side of the mold for at least 30 seconds to help belch the cement slurry of any bubble.This also helps to level wet cement.Let it sit quietly for a night.Once the stone is hardened, reverse the mold and gently press the back of the mold to release the stone.Step 8.Dry With Care.Raise the stone on the stake or pencil to maximize air circulation and even dry.Leave your stone undisturbed after the first 24 hours.This is the weakest time.The next day you can move it indoors and it will need to be treated for a few more weeks before it can go out.Step 9.Clean Up.Once you run out of tro knives and plastic pots, be sure to clean them up.Any extra mortar can be placed in a garbage bag.Tools can be easily cleaned outdoors using a garden hose or cleaned in a bucket of water.Once the cement is hardened, it is difficult to remove.Don\'t clean them up in your sink....Cement will plug the drainage pipe!How much cement do you need?1.Fill your mold with water until you fill the level with cement mud.2.Measure the amount of water you use in your cup (8 ounces ).3.Multiply the number of cups by 1.Find out how much dry cement is needed.Note: it\'s better to do something than not.You don\'t need to turn gray!There are many cement colors to choose from.Many stepping stone craftsmen prefer to \"seal\" their finished products to protect them from contamination and prevent the mud from absorbing extra moisture.There are several different brands of cement sealant available on homemade stepping stones.Choose waterproof, dry.Your stepping stone needs to solidify for a month before applying the sealant.Follow the manufacturer\'s instructions on how to apply.
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