Mosaic Garden Buddies

Prepare for new blooms with these cute mosaic garden buddies!
By  Lauren Disanza and Chandra Agostini   for  Diamond Tech



Diamond Tech Bits & Pieces Stained Glass Primary Mix
Slate tiles, 6”, two


Diamond Tech Jennifer’s Mosaics White Grout
Diamond Tech Colorants: Green, Ross
Jennifer’s Mosaics Wheeled Glass Nippers
Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive

basic supplies

Black permanent marker
Latex or nitrile gloves
Paper towels
Newspaper or kraft paper
Disposable cups
Stirring spoon or paddle
Small bowl or container 

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Project Instructions

1. Cover work area with newspaper or kraft paper. Sort out desired colors from Stained Glass Mix. Example shown uses white, green, amber, purple and orange for snail and green, amber, blue, orange and red for dragonfly.

2. Lightly draw general outline of desired shape onto slate and arrange glass pieces with 1/8” between pieces for grout lines.

3. Mark glass pieces with black marker for more exact-sized glass pieces. Nip away pieces to form desired shape while wearing safety glasses. When satisfied with arrangement, adhere glass pieces to slate. 

4. To make curved pieces for grass blades, hold nipper so wheels are at an angle to the glass. Adhere glass pieces onto slate when satisfied with layout. Let dry for at least two hours before grouting.

5. For light brown grout, mix 1/8 teaspoon of Green and Rose colorant in 1½ tablespoons of water. Pour colored water into ½ cup of grout and mix to peanut butter consistency.

6. With gloved hand, smooth grout over tile and fill in crevices. Remove excess grout with hand. Let set for 10 minutes.

7. Use damp sponge or paper towel to remove grout haze. Let set overnight. When completely dry, buff with soft cloth.