Summer Fun Mosaic Platter
BY: Diana Duvall
SKILL LEVEL: 4 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 3 days (Does not include drying time)
5 oz. pkg. Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Stained Glass Chips Orange
5 oz. pkg. Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Stained Glass Chips Yellow
5 oz. pkg. Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Stained Glass Chips Blue
2 - 5 oz. pkg. Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Stained Glass Chips Light Green
1-2 lb. tub White Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Sanded Grout
Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Wheeled Glass Nippers
Platter of your choosing (We used a 13” diameter platter/charger.)
Pencil or marker
White spray paint
Measuring cup and spoon
Plaid Spring Green Acrylic Paint 2 fl oz
Read directions thoroughly before beginning project. Protect work area with newspaper or craft paper and assemble all materials.
If charger is a dark color, spray paint the surface white so it will be easier to see pattern when drawn on the surface.
Using a copier, size pattern to fit the platter/charger. Lay carbon paper on platter, ink side down, place pattern on top and secure with tape. Trace over pattern with a pencil. When finished, remove carbon and pattern from the platter. Go over pattern if needed to define lines.
Start by creating the yellow centers for the blue flowers. Using a marker, draw a ½" circle on a yellow glass square. Hold the yellow square in your fingers. Take the wheeled glass nippers in the opposite hand, open the jaws and place the yellow glass square between the blades of nippers. Squeeze nippers closed to nip glass, nip away at the edge of the glass along the outline of the pattern to create the circle. You will need to nip 10 circles.
Next, nip blue glass squares into narrow petals. You may find it easier to nip if you first draw an outline of the petal onto the surface of the glass squares. Use nippers and nibble way at the edges until you reach the outline of the petals. Each flower has 10 petals. To add character to the flowers, vary length and width of each petal.
Position flower petals and centers on the outside rim of the platter. When happy with the look, glue in place. Leave 1/16”-1/8” space between glass pieces for grout.
Flower center is approximately 1 ½” in diameter. Nip an orange chip into 3/16” - ¼” squares to fill in the center. To do so, center square between the blades of the nipper and cut square into two rectangles, nip the center of both rectangles to create 4 squares. Continue nipping the four small squares into quarters resulting in eight 3/16” square. Place one small orange square in the center of the circle. Arrange additional squares in a circular row around the center square. Glue in place. Nip extra to be scattered in green background for contrast and interest.
For the petals of the yellow flower, nip glass squares lengthwise into thirds. If glass nips into small pieces or curves, they can still be used to create the petals. These will add interest and individuality to your finished piece.
Start by placing the yellow glass stripes along the outline of the petal, glue into place. Fill the interior of the petal in the same fashion following the contours of the petal outline. Nip strips when necessary to fit. When arranging glass pieces leave space between them for grout. When desired look has been achieved glue into place. Continue this process until all 10 leaves are completed.
Begin by nipping green chips on the diagonal to form wide triangles. You will need quite a few, so nip a supply before you begin to fill-in the background. Start by placing triangles around the petals of the flowers, and glue in place. Nip triangles into smaller pieces as needed to fill in the small spaces.
Randomly scatter small orange squares between the green chips then glue in place. On curved surfaces, use small pieces of glass to conform to the curve.
Allow glue to dry for 24 hours before grouting.
Measure 1 cup of white grout into a mixing bowl. Combine water and liquid acrylic light green paint to 1/3 cup. The ratio of water to paint will determine the intensity of the green. Add liquid to dry grout and mix to fudge like consistency. Add more water by ¼ teaspoons if needed.
Wearing gloves, spread grout over surface of charger, pushing it into the nooks and crannies between the glass pieces until the whole surface is grouted. Let it set up 10 minutes before wiping away excess.
Using a sponge or mixing spoon, scrape the excess grout from the surface of the charge, being careful not to remove grout from between the glass pieces. Using your fingers, smooth the grout on the outer rim of the charger creating a finished bevel edge.
Use damp sponge to wipe surface of glass clean and remove any additional excess grout. Grout lines should be level and even with glass. Buff glass with paper towel and allow to dry 24 hours.