Antiquity Mosaics Stepping Stone
SKILL LEVEL: 3 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 3 Days
• 8” Precast stone or Square Stepping Stone Mold #109
• Outdoor Cement #507J (Optional)
• Petroleum Jelly (Optional)
• 1 pkg. Antiquity Mosaics™ each: Dark Green (#AM207), Ming Green (#AM204), Black and White (#AM201)
• Jennifer’s Mosaics™ White Grout #580
• Green Colorant or Green Acrylic Paint
• Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Tile Nipper #491J
• Plastic Bowl and Mixing Spoon
• Scrubby or Sponge
• Safety Glasses
• Rubber Gloves
• Soft Cloth
• Glue (E6000 or any glue for indoor/ outdoor use)
• Painters Tape
• Use a lazy Suzanne to work on. It makes placing tiles a breeze.
• To save time, use pre-made stepping stone purchased from your local home center.
• A pattern can be enlarged to fit any size stone.
1. To protect work area, cover with newspaper.
2. Collect all supplies needed for the project and place them on the work surface.
3. If using a pre-cast stone, skip to Step 8.
4. If casting your own stone, use a paper towel to apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly inside an 8” mold.
5. Place 5 cups of Jennifer’s Outdoor Cement into a mixing bowl and slowly add 12 ounces of water. Wear a dust mask while mixing. Add additional water, 2 ounces at a time, until you have a pourable consistency.
6. Pour cement slowly and evenly into the mold; gently tap sides of mold to release any air bubbles in cement.
7. Once set, 5-12 hours, remove the stone from the mold by turning mold over and lifting the edges. Allow stone to completely dry for 12 more hours on newspaper before proceeding to the next step.
8. Determine the center of the stepping stone. Use scissors to cut out the medallion pattern. Center the pattern on the top of the stone and tape in place. Slide a small piece of carbon paper between the stone and pattern. Use a pencil or pen and trace the pattern. Remove pattern and tracing paper from stone.
9. Use a Tile Nipper; nip Antiquity Mosaics into random shapes. Fit pieces inside the pattern outlines to fill, leaving 1/8” between each piece.
10. Once you are happy with the design, place a piece of clear contact paper over the medallion and press firmly. Lift the paper and the tile up off the stone and apply a thin layer of glue to the backside of the medallion. Firmly press the medallion back into place onto the stone. Allow glue to dry according to the manufacture’s recommendations.
11. Next, leaving the backing paper on the marble cut it into strips of two rows. Position the rows around the medallion so it forms a border. When you are pleased with the layout, glue into place.
12. Once glue has dried according to the packaging description, peel back the contact paper and remove.
13. Tape off around the edges of the stone to prevent grout from staining the sides.
14. Reserve a few tablespoons of dry grout and set aside. Place 8 oz. of white grout into a mixing bowl. Add ½ teaspoon of green colorant or paint to the water and slowly add water 1 tablespoon at a time into the grout. Mix with craft stick or spoon until the grout reaches “fudge-like” consistency. If it is too watery, add the reserved dry grout in small amounts until the consistency is correct.
15. Wearing a disposable glove spread the grout into all the nooks and crannies. Wait about 15 minutes for grout to set.
16. Gently wipe away the excess grout using a paper towel, taking care not to pull grout out of glass spaces. Use your finger to smooth the grout around the outer edge of the stone. It is important to remove any grout from the tile surface before grout is completely dry.
17. Use the soft cloth; buff the marble to a clean shine. Allow 24 hours for the mosaic piece to dry