DIY Mosaic Candle Holder Kit Tutorial
START: The first step is to decide on the design of your vase. Your only design limitation is your own imagination. You can draw it on paper first or lay it out on your surface. See patterns for beginners page.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTION:
- Wear gloves and protective mask. Lay vase flat on one side and start laying your tiles on the surface.
- Lay down your adhesive in sections. Avoid using too much adhesive that it squishes up between your pieces. This leaves no where for the grout to go.
- Now that you have your first section of adhesive down, you will now apply your tesserae (mosaic pieces). Place each piece on top of your adhesive as desired. You need to leave a minimum of approximately 1/8″ or min. 3mm between each tile to leave room for grout.
- Lay down your next section of adhesive. Work in small areas at a time. This keeps your adhesive from drying out if you are working slowly. It will also give you stopping points if you want to take a break.
- Work section by section until all sides are completely covered. You can use hairyer to help adhesive to set.
- After covering all the sides, leave to dry for at least 3 hours or use hairdryer. Make sure all the tiles are set before proceeding.
- Take your grout mix. Slowly add 1 tablespoon of water to your grout until it has a thick oatmeal like consistency. Gradually add water in small portions to reach desired consistency.
- Apply the grout with your fingers as pictured. It is sorta like icing a cake with sponge. Press it down in the spaces between your pieces. Sculpt it on your edges to make a nice smooth edge.
- Once you have covered your entire piece and filled all of the spaces, wipe off as much of the excess as you can with your hands and sponge. After you do this you are going to let it sit for 20-30 minutes. When you are done with your grout. Throw it away. Never wash it down the sink! If needed, take a cloth or sponge and polish your piece up.