Pattern - Sweetheart Stepping Stones
- 1. Cover work area with newspapers.
- 2. Collect all supplies needed for project and place on work surface.
- 3. If using a pre-cast stone, skip to Step 8.
- 4. If casting your own stone, use a paper towel to apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly inside an 8" mold.
- 5. Place five cups of Jennifer's Outdoor Cement into a mixing bowl and slowly add 10 ounces of water. Wear a dust mask while mixing.
- 6. Pour cement slowly and evenly into mold; gently tap sides of mold to release any air bubbles in cement. Cement will warm as it hardens; wait approximately one house (time may vary due to climate) for cement to harden.
- 7. Once set, remove the stone from the mold by turning mold over and lifting the edges. Allow stone to completely dry/cure for 24 hours on newspaper before proceeding to the next step.
- 8. Determine the center top of the stepping stone. Print out pattern. Center pattern on top of stone. Use marker to trace around outer edge of pattern (Fig. 1). Remove pattern.
- 9. If desired, place one ceramic heart tile inside heart pattern and glue in place. Use Wheeled Glass Nipper to nip vintage mosaic pansies into random shapes (Fig. 2). Fit pieces inside heart pattern to fill, leaving 1/8" between pieces.
- 10. When pleased with design arrangement, lift each tile and apply a thin layer of glue to back (Fig. 3). Firmly press each tile onto stone. Let glue dry thoroughly.
- 11. Nip purple stained glass chips in half. Nip each half again to form four rectangles. Use rectangles to create a border around heart, using photo as guide. Leave 1/8" between each pieces and at outer edge of stone. Glue pieces in place.
- 12. Use glass cutter to score and break a sheet of white opal glass into assorted shapes. Use shapes to fill background of stone. Reshape glass pieces to fit as needed. Leave 1/8" between glass shapes and edge of stone. Glue pieces in place.
- 13. If using colored grout, tape off around edge to prevent grout from staining sides of stone.
- 14. Reserve several tablespoons of dry grout and set aside. Place remaining 8 ounces of grout into a mixing bowl and slowly add water one tablespoon at a time; mix with craft stick or spoon until grout reaches "fudge-like" consistency. If too watery, add reserved dry grout in small amounts until consistency is correct.
- 15. Wearing disposable glove, spread grout into all nooks and crannies (Fig. 4). Wait approximately 15 minutes for grout to set.
- 16. Gently wipe away excess grout using a paper towel (Fig. 5), taking care not to pull grout out of glass spaces. Use finger to smooth grout around outer edge of stone. (Note: Remove any grout from glass surface before grout dries.)
- 17. Use soft cloth to buff glass to a clean shine (Fig. 6). Let dry for 24 hours.
- 1. Use a lazy Susan for easier tile placement.
- 2. To save time, use pre-made stepping stones from local home and garden center.
- 3. Enlarge pattern as needed to fit stone.