I discovered an EASIER way to make mosaic stepping stones; its known as the indirect strategy and it includes contact paper. I think these might be a great gift for a garden wedding. Simply get your cleaning maid together on a Saturday evening and host a stepping stone party. They’re economical to make – and they don’t oblige much skill.
You will need:
- Round non-stick cake pan (You could also use a heart-shaped pan)
- Contact paper
- Old plates or saucers that you don’t need (I got mine at the thrift store)
- Glass gems
- sea glass (optional)
- marine varnish
- Mosaic Glass Cutter (Optional. I did not use of of these, but if you want more precise cuts, this is the way to go.)
- chicken wire or other type of wire mesh
- safety glasses
- rubber gloves
- dust mask
Put your safety glasses on. Place a plate or saucer inside a cloth bag or cover with an old sheet or towel, and smash it with a hammer. If you have a mosaic glass cutter, use it instead.
Rehash until you have all the pieces you require. You’ll most likely need a variety of sizes, as appeared.
Place your cake pan on your contact paper, and trace around it.
Remove the contact paper round. Evacuate backing and place inside skillet sticky side up. Add your mosaic pieces to the contact paper with the fancied design confronting down. Press each one piece down so it is immovably adhered to the contact paper. Leave enough space between the pieces so the bond can fill the spaces in between.
Carefully lift the piece of contact paper and view your design.
Assuming that you are happy with your design, put the design back into the pan with the sticky side up. Head outside, put on your dust veil and stir up your concrete as per the directions on the pack. It will be the consistency of porridge when its fully ready.
Meantime, cut a square piece of chicken wire or wire mesh to fit inside the stepping stone. This will help to support it. Also, line the inside rim of your cake pan with Vaseline for easy releasing.
Wear your rubber gloves and spoon some concrete into your cake container.
Spread so it evenly covers your design, about an inch thick.
Place your piece of wire mesh onto the wet concrete.
Spread another one inch layer of concrete over the wire.
Let sit for two days. When its prepared, turn it over and tap on the cake dish. It ought to discharge easily. Gradually uproot contact paper.
In the event that there are gaps, you can fill them with cement. You can utilize sand paper to smooth grooves in the concrete. I took a wet sponge and cleaned the whole region after evacuating the contact paper, then I varnished it with marine varnish.
That’s it! Enjoy your handmade stepping stone!
***DIY source and Photo credit: www.intimateweddings.com