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DIY Mosaic With Broken Dishes - Koi Pond

May 01, 2020
so for this project you're going to need a hammer, some piping bags, you can get them at Walmart, some tile tongs, I think that's what they're called. I bought them at Hobby Lobby, paper plates and bowls, or you can use Tupperware containers. You're going to want to get yourself some nice gloves and for the love of all that is holy, don't skip this, get gloves next year. They need some tile adhesives. You can get this at Lowe's Home Depot. I'm going to need a small spatula. you can use this instead of the piping bags, okay, first step draw your design, whatever you want, simple, easy, next thing I did was choose some inspiration from Pinterest, things I liked, now you will take your design and ready. to draw it on your foundation, this is the foundation I bought at Lowe's.
diy mosaic with broken dishes   koi pond
I'm lucky to have a mom who orders tons of Fiestaware online and a lot of it breaks, so she gave me two of these boxes full of

broken

Fiestaware. The pieces are fine so if you're going to use this exact brand of tile adhesives it's driving me crazy that the lid doesn't stay on like it doesn't break so I've just been taking a piece of plastic wrap. and then put the lid on and that has prevented it from drying out. Another helpful tip is that while you are cutting the title pieces, I like to keep a plate with the smaller pieces and as I cut them, put them on the plate, it seems.
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It makes it a lot easier to fold as you are actually laying out the

mosaic

and making the

mosaic

, if you have ever used tweezers before that is great, if not I would just play around with a few pieces, it's pretty easy once you get it Hang it up, just place it right on the edge and cut it and this is what you really want to wear gloves, believe me, I have had many small cuts on these little pieces of tile, if so, to make a small area like this, this is for What I loved having the piping bag, it was very easy to get to those little areas, much easier than just using the spatula, if you've never used the piping bag before it's pretty easy, you can look up some tutorials but I think you'll get the hang of it.
diy mosaic with broken dishes   koi pond
Once you've placed the adhesive, you simply start gluing your little mosaics. You don't really have to worry too much about small gaps or just small gaps because you wouldn't really see them if you did. If I'm grouting this later, I'd pay more attention to the tile adhesive that squeezes between the gaps and the size of the gaps, but since I'm just going to apply a clear coat of epoxy, I'm not really worried as long as it doesn't go over the top of the gap. tile, then I don't really care about anything else, so if you are going to grout it I would pay more attention to the size of the gaps, but if you don't do what I do this is fine, also it's always a good idea to just vacuum the area that you are about to tile just because there are always all kinds of little dust or pieces of tile, still, vacuuming is always a good idea once you have everything tiled, the next thing I did was just take a little wipe and just checking and making sure there wasn't any of that adhesive on the top of the tile so I just scraped it off where it dried and I have a little tool where they were.
diy mosaic with broken dishes   koi pond
In case it's sticking out too much at the knee, other cracks, so this is a good step, just give everything a wipe down, one final step and kind of cleaning it up and prepping the tile is just lightly vacuuming it to get everything . dust and small pieces, and I will warn you that your vacuum might suck up pieces that aren't completely glued together, which is what happened to me, so be prepared to dig into your vacuum or have backup parts to prepare it for the epoxy. layer that we are going to do on top. I just got this masking tape and put it on all the edges and made sure it was pressed very firmly against the wood and I will say that that plan didn't work out very well in the end, the resin ended up leaking a little on the bottom, so I would say if I did this again I would use a much stronger tape, maybe something that is thicker, industrial or stiffer, but I mean overall it still worked so I'm still happy with this now in the sun, mixing some of the epoxy, so for this I only had a plastic spoon, some old cards, two containers, and then of course the epoxy, which I think cost about twenty dollars.
Lowe's, comes with two of these different ones. bottles and basically we're going to put one in a container and then pour the other one into it and then stir it for six minutes. The instructions mentioned that it was important not to stir it vigorously, just stir it gently to make sure you got all the edges and the bottom, make sure you scrape it all over, but yeah, don't skimp on this, you really have to stir it for six minutes here, okay , once the time is up, you pour it into this container, scrape it all up and pour it into this one and then you're going to stir this for another six minutes.
I'm not exactly sure what the purpose of putting it in the second container is, but that's what it says to do. I admit that doing this for 12 minutes is pretty fascinating and now that you're done with the 12 minutes of stirring, you're just going to pour this into the center of the mosaic. Okay, once you have everything, the next step is to just smooth it out. Now I used a bit old-fashioned. cord which I actually won't recommend because it started chewing the cord too much rubbing it against the weft. I will do it, but like a plastic putty knife or I mean anything, a squeegee, would work great, you just want to make sure you get it on all the edges and all the little grooves and crevices and it will stay workable for about 20 minutes, so be sure, as the clear coat seeps into the little cracks, you will get little bubbles coming to the surface.
To get rid of them, simply use a hair dryer on low heat and gently go over the entire tile. I had to do this several times. I just set a timer for 20 minutes and I would go out and check it to see if I needed it again and I think I had to do it maybe three times but I just went out and blow-dried it and that's it. I think it looks great. I added the clear coat and gave it a really nice finish. to the top and you could add a second coat if you want an even thicker finish, but I just did one and I'm very happy with the result.
I think it looks great.

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