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Fall Platter

Posted by Administrator on 9/1/2014 to Mosaic Projects
Designed by: Michael
    Materials Needed
  • 2 - 24 Tile bags of Clover
  • 2- 24 Tile bags of Hot Molten
  • 3 - 24 Tile bags of Fern
  • 1 - 24 Tile bags of Jade
  • 1 - 24 Tile bags of White Weave
  • 1 Lb bag of Sanded Pumice grout
  • 4 oz. bottle Mosaic Mercantile Mosaic Tile Adhesive
  • Applicator Set (sponge, spatula, craft sticks, etc)
  • platter - 12.75 in x 9 in
  • tile nipper
  • paper towels
  • tweezers
  • grout mixing bowl

Step 1 - Designing and Gluing
Make a sketch of a leaf, either on paper or directly on your platter with a magic marker. You will be placing one leaf in each corner of the inside of the platter and one in the center. You can use our design, or try one of your own.
Draw a grid pattern with a ruler across the whole platter, measuring each line to be a little further than 3/4 of an inch apart. See illustration.

Step 2 - Nipping
Put on a pair of latex gloves, and gather together the Jade and White Weave tiles. Carefully nip them into the precise little shapes that will match your leaf sketch. Remember, the more precisely the tile pieces match the shape of the drawing, the nicer looking your mosaic will be. See illustrations for details.
With a craft stick, dab a little glue on each corner of the back of the tile, then dab a little on the platter where you want the piece to go. Place the tile smooth-side-up onto the platter. Continue in this way until all five leaves are done.

Step 3 - Lining Up
Line Clover, Hot Molten and Moss Green tiles in a random, attractive pattern along the sides of the tray, spacing each tile an even distance from one another. Dab a little glue on each of the four corners of each tile, and carefully place tile on tray. Fill in the all of the platter between the leaves that you can with this pattern.

Mosaic Maestro Tip: Take time to study the metallic patterns on the tiles, and place them in the direction that seems to 'flow' in the best way. And remember: an even, narrow interstitial space is the most pleasing to the eye!

Step 4 - Positioning
While the adhesive is still wet, tiles can be shifted with a craft stick until you are satisfied with the positioning. The adhesive will begin to dry within 5 to 7 minutes. Do not attempt to reposition the tile after the adhesive begins to set. The adhesive dries clear and can be peeled off, so don't worry if you get a little on the visible side of the tile. Make sure to keep your hands clean and free of adhesive while applying tile. Wash hands as needed.

Step 5 - Filling
Cover as much of the platter as possible with the rows of randomly placed Clover, Hot Molten and Moss Green tiles. You will find that as you get close to any of the leaves, small spaces will have to be left. These will be filled in last.

Step 6 - More Nipping
Once the platter is covered with the rows of whole tile, you can start cutting tiles to fit into the background area by the leaves. These are a little harder to cut and place, because the spaces will be quite small. Try to cut the tile as precisely as possible to fit the area between leaf and whole tile. Tweezers can be used to help place the tile.
Allow the tiles to dry for at least 12 hours - we recommend overnight.

Step 7 - Grouting
Fill a container with water and have handy plenty of paper towels. Pour out 1/2 Cup of grout into a container and carefully add water 1 Tablespoon at a time while stirring, until the grout has a thick, creamy consistency. This will be about a 7:1 ratio.
Using the red plastic Grout Spreader Tool, scoop out grout and spread it over the tiles and into the 'crevices' between the tiles.

Mosaic Maestro Tip: Be gentle - you don't want to loosen tiles. If a tile should become loose, apply more adhesive to the tile and reapply to the base. Continue grouting around the repaired tile, making sure not to dislodge it again.

Work the grout into the crevices until it becomes smooth and level with the tile surface. The best way to do this is by spreading the grout in one direction and then spreading it in the perpendicular direction. Be sure to smooth the grout evenly along the edges of the platter. When you have finished applying grout, wait about 15 minutes for it to harden slightly.

Step 8 - Sponging/Cleaning
Dampen the yellow Grout Sponge with cool water and squeeze it. The sponge should be damp, but not soaking wet. Gently wipe the dampened sponge across the tile surface, removing excess grout from all surfaces. Wash out the sponge periodically while cleaning the tiles, as it really soaks up the grout.
Allow to dry overnight. Gently loosen any remaining excess grout from tile with a wooden craft stick. Gently polish tiles with a paper towel or cloth. For extra shiny tiles, polish with a small amount of vegetable or olive oil.

Congratulations - you now have a dandy platter for your Thanksgiving table!

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