Mosaic

Mirrored Tile Key Holder

By  Joan Martin Fee 

size: 18"x7-1/2"

  • Mirrored Tile Key Holder

Materials

  • Wooden key-shaped plaque, 18"x7-1/2"
  • Mirrored glass chips
  • Metal cup hooks, six
  • Vintage metal keys, five
  • Sawtooth hangers, two

Tools

  • Wheeled glass nippers
  • Drill with small bit
  • Hammer
  • Gray sanded tile grout
  • Gray acrylic paint
  • Adhesives: Weldbond Universal
  • Adhesive, two-part epoxy

Basic Supplies

  • sponge, container of water, craft sticks, foam brush, latex gloves, mixing bowl, glass cleaner and paper towels, painter’s tape, toothpicks, ruler, pencil
  • 1. Paint back and sides of wooden key plaque gray using foam brush; let dry. Attach sawtooth hangers to back.
  • 2. Adhere mirrored glass chips to top surface of wooden key using Weldbond, leaving 1/8" between tiles and around outside edge. Cut chips to fit using nippers. Let dry.
  • 3. Apply painter's tape to sides of key to protect paint during grouting process.
  • 4. Mix grout with water in bowl to peanut butter consistency, stirring with craft stick. Spread grout over mirrored glass chips using craft stick or gloved fingers. Let set for 10-15 minutes.
  • 5. Remove excess grout using end of craft stick. Wipe grout from surface of glass using damp sponge. Rinse sponge, wring out excess water, and continue. Let dry overnight. Wipe surface with glass cleaner and paper towels.
  • 6. Measure and mark location for cup hooks on bottom edge of key. Drill holes at marks; screw cup hooks into holes.
  • 7. Mix two-part epoxy following manufacturer's instructions. Apply small amount of epoxy to back of one metal key using toothpick; adhere to tiled surface. Repeat with remaining keys.
  • Tip
  • 1. Visit Etsy.com to search for a variety of key-shaped plaques made from wood or MDF board.