Fall Garden Stakes Free Project Guide

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    • Free Mosaic Project Guide
    • Add a bit of color to your garden this fall with these sweet mosaic stakes!
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    Materials
    Jennifer’s Mosaic™ Stained Glass Variety Chips – 1 package
    Jennifer’s Mosaic™ Stained Glass Black Chips – 1 package
    Jennifer’s Mosaic™ Black Grout (581)
    Mosaic Glue
    3” X 2” Wooden Rectangle/Sign - 3
    Clear Acrylic Spray
    Carbon Paper
    E-6000® or Wood Glue
    12” Garden Stakes – 3
    Wood Primer (optional)
     
    Tools
    Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Wheeled Nippers
    Studio Pro™ Safety Glasses
     
    Basic Supplies
    Tablespoon, Disposable Cup and Spoon (to mix grout), Paper Towels, Sponge, Disposable Gloves, Pen or Pencil
     
    Project Tips:
    Nip and lay the leaf veins first and then fit the color glass around them.
     
    Periodically spraying an acrylic clear coat on the stakes will preserve them     longer when in an outdoor setting
     
    Instructions
    1. Lay newspaper on your work surface to protect it.
    2. Prime both sides of the wood with clear acrylic spray or wood primer. Allow to dry per the manufacture’s recommendation.
    3. Place leaf pattern in the center of the wooden rectangle. Slide a piece of carbon paper underneath pattern and trace over pattern with a ballpoint pen or pencil. Remove carbon paper and pattern and set aside.
    4. Nip purple chips into thin 1/8” rectangles (for nipping instruction watch a video at DiamondTechCrafts.com). Place on leaf pattern to create a stem and veins and glue in place. Nip red, orange, yellow, green chips into random sizes and shapes. Fill in the leaves leaving 1/8” space between pieces and away from the edge to allow room for grout (see image).
    5. Adjust pieces as necessary until desired look is achieved. Place a small amount of adhesive to the back of the glass and press firmly onto the surface of the rectangle. Allow to dry.
    6. Measure three tablespoons of Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Black Grout to one tablespoon of water (this will cover three 3” X 2” stakes). Add water a little bit at a time until it reaches a fudgy consistency. Wear latex gloves and spread grout onto the surface of the mosaic. Press grout in all the spaces between the glass pieces.
    7. Wait about 15 minutes for grout to set. Gently wipe away excess grout using a slightly moisten sponge, taking care not to pull away grout from between glass pieces. It is very important to remove any grout on tile surfaces before grout is completely dry.
    8. Use a soft cloth to buff glass to a clean shine. Allow 24 hours for mosaic piece to dry thoroughly.
    9. Paint the sides and back of the exposed wood with black craft paint. Allow to dry.
    10. Spray back and front with clear acrylic spray to seal the wood and grout.
    11. Glue a 12” garden stake, available at most craft stores or garden centers to the back of each stake using E-6000® or any other wood glue. 

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