Mosaic

Mosaic Eggs

By  Lauren Disanza  for  Diamond Tech

size: 3"x2-1/2", 2-1/2"x2", 2"x1-1/2"

Materials

  • Diamond Tech: Classico Mini Shimmers, 2 pkgs.; Cobblestones Lights, 1 pkg.
  • Jennifer’s Mosaics White Grout, 1-2 lb container
  • FloraCraft Multi-Pack Foam Eggs

Tools

  • Diamond Tech Colorants: Yellow, Green, Blue, Rose
  • Jennifer’s Mosaics Wheeled Glass Nippers
  • Aleene’s Felt & Foam Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

  • scrap paper, pencil, latex or nitrile gloves, paper towels, cloth, newspaper or kraft paper, disposable cups, stirring spoon
  • 1. Cover work area with newspaper or kraft paper. Choose tesserae combination using photo as general guide.
  • 2. Adhere four to five cobblestone tiles at a time to each egg. Add additional tiles in combination with full-sized or nipped Classico Mini tiles about 1/4" above and below main line of Cobblestones. Wait 20 minutes before turning egg to add additional tiles. Continue until each egg is fully covered. Be sure to allow 1/8" between tiles for grout. Allow adhesive to dry at least 2 hours before grouting.
  • 3. Create separate batches of grout in desired colors. To make purple grout, mix one teaspoon of each Blue and Rose colorants in three tablespoons of water. Pour colored water into 1/2 cup of grout and mix until color is uniform. Add small amounts of Blue or Rose until desired color is achieved. If grout becomes too stiff, add water to reach peanut butter consistency.
  • 4. To make teal grout, mix one teaspoon of each Blue and Green colorants in three tablespoons of water. Pour colored water into 1/2 cup of grout and mix until color is uniform. Add small amounts of blue or green to achieve desired color.
  • 5. To make yellow grout, mix one teaspoon of Yellow colorant in 1-1/2 tablespoons of water. Pour colored water into 1/4 cup of grout and mix until color is uniform.
  • 6. To make green grout, mix one teaspoon of Green colorant in 1-1/2 tablespoons of water. Pour colored water into 1/4 cup of grout and mix until color is uniform.
  • 7. To make blue grout, mix one teaspoon of Blue colorant in two tablespoons of water. Pour colored water into 1/3 cup of grout and mix until color is uniform. Remove a tablespoon and mix with water and few tablespoons of grout to get a lighter blue.
  • 8. To make pink grout, mix one teaspoon of Rose colorant in two tablespoons of water. Pour colored water into 1/3 cup of grout and mix until color is uniform. Remove a tablespoon and mix with water and a few tablespoons of grout to get a lighter pink.
  • 9. With a gloved hand, smooth grout over tile, filling in crevices. Remove as much excess grout as possible. After 10 minutes, use a damp sponge or paper towels to remove grout haze. Allow to set following manufacturer's instructions. When dry, buff with a smooth cloth.