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Flower Pot

Posted by Administrator on 1/7/2015 to Mosaic Projects
Designed by: Laura Trussel
    Materials Needed
  • 2 - 24 Tile bags of Meadow Gold
  • 2- 24 Tile bags of Rose
  • 2 - 24 Tile bags of Jade
  • 8 oz Premixed White Grout
  • 4 oz. bottle Mosaic Mercantile Mosaic Tile Adhesive
  • Applicator Set (sponge, spatula, craft sticks, etc)
  • 8 oz. jar Mosaic Mercantile Premixed, Non-Sanded Grout (Shown: White)
  • 4" clay flower pot with 3/4" rim
  • tile nipper
  • paper towels
  • bowl for water

Step 1 - Tiling
Begin gluing the Meadow Gold along the rim. Dab a little glue on each of the four corners of each tile and carefully place tile on rim of flowerpot. Center the tile along the rim, a little below the top edge.
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 2 - Nipping
Continue gluing down the tiles until the rim is covered. The last tile may need to be nipped to fit.

Next, nip some of the Jade, Dew, and Meadow Gold tiles into attractive shapes. Glue them onto the base of the pot so that they fit neatly together and the colors are evenly distributed. Continue working until the whole pot is covered in an attractive "crazy quilt" design.

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.

Allow the tiles to dry for at least 12 hours - we recommend overnight.

Step 3 - Grouting/Cleaning
Fill a container with water and have handy plenty of paper towels. Run strips of masking tape along the inner sides of the pot to keep off the grout.

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 opposite direction. When you have finished applying grout, wait about 15 minutes for it to harden slightly.

Dampen the yellow Grout Sponge with cool water and squeeze it. The sponge should be damp, but not soaking wet. Using the sponge, gently wipe the tile surface, removing excess grout from all surfaces. Wash out the sponge periodically while cleaning tile, 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.

Step 4 - Sealing
Grout should cure for 24 hours before sealing. Shake the sealer well. Brush one thin layer onto the grout lines of the pot. Remove excess from the surface of the tiles by gently wiping with a cloth or dry sponge. Allow the grout sealer to dry for at least two hours.

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