Mosaic Stepping Stone

Materials

  • Round Stepping Stone Mold*, 12”
  • Jennifer’s Mosaics*: Vintage Rose Chintz Tile Pieces, 5 pkgs.; Glass Bead Rods: Dark Green, three; White, five
  • White Sanded Grout*, 2 lbs.
  • Outdoor Cement*

Tools

  • Tile Nippers*
  • Mixing spoon*
  • Studio Pro* tools: Pistol Grip Glass Cutter; 1” Running Pliers
  • Miscellaneous supplies: soft cloth; disposable gloves; safety glasses; plastic bowl; sponge
  • Marker
  • Hammer
  • Contact Paper
  • Glass Adhesive*

Directions

Preparation

  • 1. Cover work surface with newspaper. Place all supplies on work surface.
  • 2. Wearing dust mask, place 12 cups outdoor cement into mixing bowl and slowly add 24 oz. of water; mix thoroughly.
  • 3. Pour cement slowly and evenly into mold. Gently tap sides of mold to release air bubbles in cement. (Note: Do not move mold while cement is drying. Cement warms as it hardens; wait approximately one hour for cement to harden.)
  • 4. Once cooled and set, remove stone by turning mold over and lifting edges. Let stone dry/cure at least 24 hours on newspaper.

Starburst Stone

  • 1. Locate tile with a whole rose for center of stone. Draw 1-1/2” circle around rose. Use nippers to cut around circle. Place circle in center of stepping stone.
  • 2. For starburst, use nippers to cut five 3-1/4” lengths of dark green glass rod. Place rods evenly spaced around rose circle. Cut 10 3” lengths from white bead rods and place between dark green rods.
  • 3. Wrap piece of rose chintz tile in towel. Place on concrete surface, such as a driveway or sidewalk, and tap with a hammer to break tile into smaller pieces. Or use tile nipper to nip tile into random-size pieces. Pit pieces around rods and circle on stepping stone surface. Do not break pieces too small as they may be nipped later if needed. Continue filling in stepping stone with tiles, leaving 1/16” to 1/8” gap between pieces. Follow finishing instructions to complete stone.

Basketweave Stone

  • 1. Locate desired center rose tile piece. Draw 2-1/2”x2-1/2” square around rose. Use tile scorer/breaker to score tile and break. Place in center of stone. Nip glass rods to following measurements: four 2-1/2” white; remaining white into approximately 3/8” lengths; four 3” dark green. Place 2-1/2” white rods around center square, then place dark green rods around white rods as shown.
  • 2. Find straight edge of tile piece; measure 1/2”-wide strip, using ruler as a straight edge and score along ruler edge with glass cutter. Break score with running pliers. Lay strips onto stone, leaving 1/16” to 1/8” gap between pieces. Place 3/8” white rod lengthwise between tile strips. Use nippers to cut strip ends to conform to stepping stone edge for basketweave design. Follow finishing instructions to complete stone.

Finishing

  • 1. When stone is completely covered as desired, cut square foot from clear contact paper. Remove backing and center over stone, lowering it on top of cut pieces. Press down firmly from center to edge. Lay cardboard sheet or any flat solid surface over contact paper and stone. Holding cardboard over design, flip over and remove stone. Design should be adhered to contact paper with bottom of tile facing up.
  • 2. Apply 1/8” thick layer of silicone adhesive to top surface of stepping stone. Center stone over design and press down. With one hand under cardboard and other hand on bottom of stone, flip it over onto work surface. Press down all pieces again to secure. Remove contact paper by gently pulling at a 45° angle. If a piece remains on contact paper, gently tap it back into adhesive. Let dry thoroughly.
  • 3. Place one cup grout into mixing bowl and slowly add water, one tablespoon at a time. Mix with craft stick or spoon until grout has “fudge-like” consistency. If too watery, add more dry grout in small amounts until consistency is correct.
  • 4. Tape off side edges of stepping stone. Wear disposable glove to spread grout into all nooks and crannies between tiles. Let grout set for 15 minutes.
  • 5. Use damp sponge to gently wipe away excess grout without pulling grout from spaces. Use finger to smooth grout around outer edge of stone. Remove grout from tile surface before it dries. Use soft cloth to buff tile to clean shine. Let dry 24 hours.
by Jeanne Baruth for Diamond Tech
Mosaic Stepping Stone
Mosaic Stepping Stone