Main design - This part of the process requires less glass cutting:
a Q-Tip to apply the glass cement to a small area of any of the
positive shapes (the crown, vine, branches, arch, water). Using
the pattern as your guide, begin placing the glass pieces onto the
glue. The glass pieces should be placed about 1/8 to 1/16 apart. Apply
enough glue to bond the glass effectively, but not so much that the
glue oozes out.
Background - This part of the process requires cutting/nipping the tiles
to fit: Working the background is
very similar to putting a puzzle together. As you fill in the
background, you will need to cut the glass to fit. Please
use caution and protective eyewear. When nipping and cutting the glass
with the tile nippers, cup your hand over the glass to keep it
Allow to dry for 24 hours.
Remove pattern from Plexiglas. Use a
small, flat, plastic putty spreader to apply sanded adhesive grout over the
glass. Allow the grout to glide over the time, while making sure the grout pushes between the glass pieces.
But don't press down hard. Otherwise you might pop off the glass
pieces. You will completely cover the
design. Carefully scrape away excess grout. Finish the edges and scrape them clean.
Now using an almost dry sponge and keeping
it completely flat,
begin wiping the grout off the surface. It will be a process of
rinsing the sponge, wringing it out to get as much water as possible out
of the sponge, and then wiping the grout some more. Continue doing this
until the glass is almost clean. It is VERY important that you keep
the sponge flat so as not to pull the grout from between the spaces.
After much wiping, rinsing, and wringing the sponge dry to the
touch, the glass should appear
almost clean. A pale haze of grout
remaining on the glass is to be expected.
Allow to dry for at 24 hours.
Use a soft wash cloth and glass cleaner to buff the glass to a
beautiful shine. Place it on a window sill to allow the
light to shine through.
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