Mosaic

Mosaic Leaf Charger

By  Rita Schwab  for  Diamond Tech

size: 13" diameter

Materials

  • Gold charger, 13” diameter
  • Diamond Tech Primary Mix Mosaic Stained Glass (MS341), 20 oz.
  • Gray Venetian glass tiles, 3/4”, eight
  • Assorted glass gems

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Jennifer’s Mosaics: Bone Sanded Grout (582), Wheeled Nipper (491J)
  • Contact paper
  • Sandpaper, 40-grit
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface), tape, measuring spoons, disposable cup, plastic spoon, sponge, rubber gloves, paper towels, vinegar, black marker, cloth

Pattern - Mosaic Leaf Charger

  • 1. Cover work area with newspaper. Wash and dry charger by hand with dish soap and water; set aside.
  • 2. Print out full-size patterns. Cut out patterns; set dotted-line pattern aside. Tape solid-line pattern to work surface.
  • 3. Sort stained glass into piles by color: green, red, amber, orange, and purple.
  • 4. Cut tile horizontally into fourths using nipper. Arrange tile strips along pattern's leaf vein, with smooth side up. Randomly place glass pieces onto pattern, leaving 1/8" between pieces until pattern is covered. Nip glass as needed to fit. (Note: Don't try to be perfect; it is the randomness of mosaics that make them attractive.)
  • 5. Once glass is positioned, cut piece of contact paper large enough to cover pattern. Remove backing from contact paper; press sticky side onto mosaic. Trim edges within 1/2"; set aside.
  • 6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to create five more leaves.
  • 7. Position dotted-line pattern on charger rim; trace perimeter with marker. Transfer pattern again, directly opposite of first pattern. Repeat, spacing six leaves evenly on rim.
  • 8. Lightly sand charger inside leaf outlines; score in hatchmark pattern with edge of folded sandpaper sheet. Remove all dust using cloth.
  • 9. Fill each outline with thin coat of adhesive, smoothing with plastic spoon. Position leaf mosaic, glass side down, on outline. Let dry completely following manufacturer's instructions.
  • 10. Peel contact paper from glass. If any glass comes loose, re-adhere with Gem-Tac and let dry.
  • 11. Mix 6 tsps. of grout in cup. Add water, 1/2 tsp. at a time, until grout reaches thick oatmeal consistency.
  • 12. Wearing rubber gloves, drop 1 tsp. of grout onto mosaic leaf. Massage grout into spaces between tiles with hands, smoothing edges of leaf with finger. Remove excess grout with finger or spoon. Complete grouting on all six leaves. (Note: Do not dispose of excess grout down the drain; place in trash instead.)
  • 13. Alternating between damp sponge and paper towels, buff off bulk of wet grout. Rotate sponge to clean side each time surface is wiped. Too much water from sponge may remove grout from between tiles. Let dry 72 hours.
  • 14. Clean surface with vinegar, buffing to shine. Adhere glass gems in triangles between leaves as shown.
  • Tip
  • 1. A craft knife may be used to clean unwanted grout from glass surface.