Fall Leaf Charger
BY: Rita Schwab
SKILL LEVEL: 3-4 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 4 hours
• Do not dispose of excess grout down the drain; throw it instead, in the trash.
• Use a craft knife to clean unwanted grout off the surface of the glass.
• Ashland™ Charger – Brilliant Gold
• Clear glass 10” dinner plate
• Stained Glass Primary Mix 20 Oz (SKU#: MS341)
• 8 – ¾” Venetian glass tile in gray, brown or green
• Glass Gems Assortment (optional)
• Jennifer’s Mosaics Grout – Bone (SKU#: 582)
• Jennifers Mosaics Wheeled Nipper (SKU# 491J)
• GemTac Adhesive (or any other adhesive for glass)
• sandpaper (40grit), scissors, Sharpie® pen, newspapers, disposable cup, plastic spoon, sponge, rubber glove, contact paper, paper towels
1. Cover the work area with newspaper or a drop cloth. Clean and dry charger with dish soap and water and set aside for later.
2. Cut out both leaf patterns. Set the pattern with dotted outline aside. Tape pattern with solid outline to your work surface.
3. Sort Stained Glass Primary Mix into piles of jewel tone colors: greens, amber, red, orange, purple
4. Using a wheeled nipper, nip Venetian tile horizontally into quarters (4ths). Place tile on the pattern with the smooth side of the tile up along the vein of the leaf. Next, randomly place pieces of stained glass onto the pattern fitting them together as you would a jigsaw puzzle, leave 1/8” between each piece. Continue until the leaf pattern is filled. Nip glass where needed to fit glass into place. Mosaic Tip: Don’t try to be perfect, it is the randomness of mosaics that make them look attractive.
5. Once you have positioned the glass, cut a piece of contact paper large enough to fit over the leaf. Remove the backing from the contact paper and apply to glass sticky-side down. Press firmly on the surface of the contact paper to secure it to the glass. Set finished mosaicked leaf aside.
6. Repeat steps 4-5 and mosaic 5 more leaves.
7. Next, take the dotted leaf pattern place pattern on the rim of the charger, using a marker trace around the perimeter of the pattern. Next, position the same pattern directly across from the first and trace around the perimeter. Do the same with the remaining leaves evenly spacing them between the two leaves.
8. Using sandpaper, lightly sand or scuff the charger surface inside the outlines of the leaves. Next, give it tooth by folding the sandpaper and scoring the surface with the folded edge, creating hatch marks. Dust off the surface to remove debris.
9. Fill each leaf outline with a thin coat of adhesive. Smooth adhesive with the back of a plastic spoon. Place mosaic leaves, glass side down into the adhesive and allow drying according to the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions.
10. Once dry, peel contact paper from glass. Should any of the glass pieces come loose when removing the contact paper, simply apply a bit of glue to the glass and insert it back into the mosaic and allow drying.
11. Mix 6 heaping teaspoons of bone grout in a disposable cup. Add water to the grout, ½ teaspoon at a time until the grout becomes like a fudgy brownie mix consistency.
12. Using a gloved hand, drop about a teaspoon of grout onto the mosaic leaf and massage the grout into the spaces between the tiles. Use your finger to run along and smooth the edge of the leaf. Remove excess grout with your finger or a spoon. Complete grouting all six leaves. Return to the original leaf and buff off the bulk of the wet grout with a combination of a damp sponge, rotating sponge to a clean side each time you wipe the surface. Alternate cleaning the surface with sponge and paper towel as too much water from the sponge may remove grout from between the glass pieces.
13. Wait 72 hours, then clean the surface with white vinegar, buffing the surface to a beautiful shine.