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1. Cover work area with newspaper or kraft paper. Place panel on work surface and use Sharpie to draw curved line about 1/3 from panel bottom. Refer to image as a guide. Draw five lines at various heights from the curved line; make sure the tops of lines are at least 1½” apart to allow room for petals. Draw a 1” circle at the top of each line.
2. Wearing safety glasses, nip blue, white, light green and medium green pieces in half. To do so, hold nipper in the middle of the tile and squeeze with light pressure.
3. Using the image as a guide, place green halves vertically below the line and stagger them to mimic grass at different heights. Leave 1/8” space between tiles for grout. Nip pieces in half to fit to bottom edge. To fit tiles along the curved line, place tile over line, mark glass where line is using a Sharpie and nip along the line. When satisfied with placement of green pieces, pick each piece up and adhere to surface using Weldbond.
4. Place blue and white tiles horizontally across the top in random order, leaving 1/8” between each tile. Stagger tiles on next line. If you run into a spot where your circle or line is drawn, place tile down and trace where the line intersects. Nip along that line; be sure to leave a space where the Sharpie line marked the wood. Continue placing blue and white tiles.
5. Next, nip the dark green tiles in half like in Step 2. Place the green tiles onto stem lines, nipped edge-up, along the entire line.
6. When you are satisfied with the placement of the tiles, lift each piece up and adhere to wood base.
7. Allow ample drying time (up to an hour). To see if the piece is ready to be turned, wiggle the last piece you placed; if it moves, it’s not ready. Place panel on its bottom side and place blue and white tiles along top edge in the same fashion as Step 5. When you’re satisfied, adhere each tile. Let dry. Turn piece over and continue the pattern on each side; let dry between sides.
8. Allow adhesive to dry at least two hours before grouting.
9. Pour about 1½ tablespoons of water into ½ cup of grout and mix until you achieve uniform color. Add more water until you have a consistency similar to peanut butter.
10. With a gloved hand, smooth grout over tile, filling in crevices. Remove as much excess grout as you can with your hand. Try to avoid the round voids; this is where flowers will be placed.
11. After 10 minutes, use a damp sponge or paper towels to remove grout haze. Allow to set following manufacturer’s instructions.
12. While waiting for the grout to dry, shape the petals. To make the large pink and purple petals, draw petal shape on the tile using a Sharpie. Wear safety glasses and nip glass to form petal. Nip a point off of the end of the petal. (This is where it will be glued to the base.)
13. To make the smaller red, white and yellow petals, nip tile in half to form a triangle. Draw petal shape on the tile using a Sharpie. Nip glass to shape the petal. Nip either the rounded part (for the white and yellow flowers) or the point (for the red flower) to create a flat edge for adhering to the panel. Save all nipped remains for the centers.
14. When dry, buff with a smooth cloth. Apply E-6000 to one of the flower centers. Stack a couple of tiles around the outside of a circle (you will use these to rest the petal against to help keep it from falling). Place petals along the inside perimeter of the circle. Sprinkle the nipped remains from another color’s petals into the center of the circle.
15. Repeat with remaining flowers. When dry, remove extra tiles and pull away any extra glue.