Miscellany

Butterfly Puddler

By  Lauren DiSanza  for  Diamond Tech

size: 8" diameter

  • Butterfly Puddler
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Materials

  • Diamond Tech Jennifer’s Mosaics Butterfly Feeder Kit (Kit includes: Reusable Feeder Mold, Outdoor Cement, Tumbled Glass, five Glass Butterflies, Sand, and Mixing Bag)
  • Delphiglass.com Blue Mosaic Colorant
  • Diamond Tech Jennifer’s Mosaics Assorted Mirror Glass

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Jennifer’s Mosaics Wheeled Glass Nippers
  • Petroleum jelly or cooking spray

Basic Supplies

  • paper towels, marker, scrap paper, water, mixing bowl, teaspoon, mixing spoon, measuring cup, newspaper (to cover work surface), sponge, ruler, sandpaper or penny
  • 1. Cover work surface with newspaper. Apply thin coat of petroleum jelly or cooking spray along inner edges and bottom of round portion of mold using paper towel. Apply thin coat along back side of mold's well-maker (area for water).
  • 2. Trace around perimeter of mold on scrap paper using marker. Position well-maker on drawn circle; trace around perimeter. (Note: This template will help when positioning tile.) See Photo 1.

    Photo 1
  • 3. Nip 1/2"x1/2" mirror tiles in half using glass nippers. Nip each half into thirds. Place tile on template around smaller drawn circle, leaving 1/8" space between each piece. Position tumbled glass and butterflies inside border of template, leaving 1/8" space between each piece.
  • 4. Mix 2 tsp. of Blue Mosaic Colorant and 6 oz. of water in mixing bowl. Mix until colorant dissolves. Add liquid to dry cement in mixing pouch. Squeeze bag to mix cement. If cement appears dry, open bag and add more water, 1 tsp. at a time, until mixture becomes smooth and pourable. See Photo 2.

    Photo 2
  • 5. Squeeze cement slowly and evenly into mold. Shake and tap mold to assist in settling cement and removing air bubbles. Throw empty cement bag away.
  • 6. Insert plastic well-maker into center of cement; press down firmly until lip of well-maker rests level with surface of cement. See Photo 3.

    Photo 3
  • 7. Lift each piece of glass from template and place into cement starting with mirror pieces. See Photo 4. Leave about 1/8" between each piece. Finish by pressing glass butterflies and tile around perimeter using template as guide for placement. (Note: Do not press too hard or cement will cover glass.)

    Photo 4
  • 8. Allow cement to set for two hours. Carefully remove well-maker and allow puddler to completely harden for six hours. The cement will warm as it hardens. Once cement has cooled and is set, remove puddler from mold. To remove, turn mold over and lift up edges.
  • 9. Clean off any excess cement covering glass using paper towel or sponge. Smooth out ridges using sandpaper or edge of penny if needed. Allow stone to cure for 24-48 hours before placing outdoors.
  • Tip
  • 1. To use your butterfly puddler, place in a protected area in your garden. Fill the well with sand included in kit, sprinkle with salt, and cover with water. Butterflies crave the minerals and salts left behind as the water evaporates. Refill the water when needed. You can place overripe fruit on the rim of the puddler, too.