Wildflowers Mosaic

Materials

  • Wooden tray, 9”x12”
  • Glass cut to fit with polished edges, 1/4” thick
  • Studio by Sculpey*: Oven-Bake Clay*: Fuchsia Fury; Cappuccino; Coffee Bean; Wasabi; Lemon Drop; Clover; Raspberry Smoothie; Clementine; Tropical Teal; Peacock; Texture Makers: Spring Morning; Chantilly Lace; Swirls & Scrolls; Texture Wheel: #3 Leaf Motif; Antiquing Medium: Warm White
  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint (Plaid): Wicker White; Lime Yellow
  • FolkArt Finishes Waterbase Varnish (Plaid)
  • Inchies Flower Garden clear stamp set (Inkadinkado)
  • Mini cookie cutters: large flower, 1-1/2”; large sunflower, 1-1/2”; small flower, 1”; leaf, 1-1/2”; squares, 3/4”, 1-1/8”, 1-1/2”; circles, 1/2”, 3/4”, 1-1/4”
  • Rub-on transfers (We R Memory Makers): Precious Metal Silver Lining Flowers

Tools

  • Studio by Sculpey*: Super Slicer; Acrylic Roller; Lift ‘n Scrape; Style & Detail Tools; Oven Thermometer
  • Clear Small Mounting Block (Inkadinkado)
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Water spritzer
  • Old deck of playing cards
  • Packing tape
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Paper towels
  • Ruler
  • *Products by Polyform Products

Directions

STEP 1

  • Measure your tray and have a piece of glass to fit inside.

STEP 2

  • Prime the wooden tray with a coat of Wicker White paint using the sponge paintbrush. Let dry. Paint the tray with two coats of Lime Yellow and let dry.Finish with a coat of varnish.

STEP 3

  • Prepare to make the mosaic tiles out of Sculpey by covering your work surface with parchment paper. To ensure all your tiles are the same height, you’ll need to roll the clay out to an even and consistent thickness. An easy way to do this is to make two stacks of playing cards 13-cards high and tape each stack together with packing tape. Then place the card stacks on either side of your Sculpey. Roll out the clay until it is the thickness of the cards and the acrylic roller is resting on top of the stacks.

STEP 4

  • Make a variety of tiles in different sizes and colors until you have enough tiles to fill the bottom of your tray. To do this, roll out one color of Sculpey, spritz a stamp or texture plate with water, then press the design onto the flattened clay. Cut the tile out of the clay with a square cookie cutter or the Super Slicers. Use the Lift ‘n Scrape tool to move the tile to a foil-covered cookie sheet. (Note: Foil must be very smooth.) Change your parchment paper and wash your hands and tools before you start the next color. We made 37 small tiles (using 3/4” square cookie cutter), 10 medium tiles (using 1-1/8” square cookie cutter), 20 large tiles (using 1-1/2” square cookie cutter), three smaller rectangular tiles (3/4”x1-1/2” using the Super Slicer) and one larger rectangular tile (3/4”x2-1/4” using the Super Slicer).

STEP 5

  • Make sure all tiles are flat on the cookie sheet and bake at 275°F for 30 minutes. Let cool, then coat each tile with Warm White Antiquing Medium using the small craft paintbrush. Be sure to get the Antiquing Medium down into the grooves of the stamped design. Immediately wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Let dry for 1 hour.

STEP 6

  • Arrange the tiles in the tray, making sure the colors are distributed evenly. If needed, trim a few tiles to fit using the Super Slicer. Glue the tiles down using the Quick Grip.

STEP 7

  • Clean both sides of the glass. Apply the rub-on to one side of the glass using the craft stick. Place the glass in the tray rub-on side down.

Quick Tip

  • 1. Having a custom piece of glass cut is cheaper than you think. Outs only cost $8! You could also buy a piece of Plexiglas and cut it yourself using a box cutter and ruler.

Shape Shifters

  • 1. Add visual interest by using a flower or circle cookie cutter to cut the center out of one tile and replace it with the center of another tile of a different color before baking.
by Jennifer & Kitty O'Neil for Polyform Products
Wildflower Mosaic Serving Tray
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