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Guest: Gloria Bastos of Hobby-X gloria@expotrends.co.za www.hobby-x.co.za

Mirrored candle ball project supplied by Susan Correia of Ceramic Craft Studio Tel: 031 708 2519 fittrite@vodamail.co.za

TRIANGULAR PLATTER

Materials:  Ceramic bisque-ware platter (Note: The base product can be made from any other material e.g. wood or glass)    A primer for sealing the ceramic platter (optional) Glass tile cutter Mosaic tiles in colour and texture of choice (we used 3 small sheets of Black & Grey Vila Via tile and 1 x small sheet of Silver frosted glass tiles for accent)      A string of dark red glass or coral beads for the main design effect. Wood glue (use silicone instead if sticking on glass) Dove Grey grouting cement – approximately 4 Tablespoons Clean water for mixing grout Black acrylic craft paint & brush (to paint bottom and sides of platter)

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Plan your design by placing the string of beads on the platter until you have your desired effect – either wavier or straighter according to your preference. Once you’re happy with the design, draw it onto the ceramic platter using a normal HB pencil.

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Paint the ceramic platter with a primer such as Key Coat and let it dry for a few minutes. It’ll feel a bit sticky to the touch. (This step is optional – the benefits are that it seals the ceramic platter so that it isn’t as porous an also gives you a nonslip surface to place your mosaic tiles on.)

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Place the string of beads in place over the drawn in line and stick it down temporarily using either Prestick or Sticky Stuff.

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Using the Glass Tile Cutter, cut your Grey & Black square mosaic tiles in a straight line down the centre of the tile to create 2 rectangular shaped smaller pieces.
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(TIP: To cut mosaic tiles – Hold the glass tile cutter in your right hand (left hand for left handed people) taking care to hold the cutter as far back on the handles as possible. This makes cutting a lot easier than if your hand is too close to the wheels. Place the tile cutter with the wheels facing left or the inside of the tile. Bring the handles slowly together to position the wheels in the centre of the tile. Cup your left hand (right hand for left handed people) loosely around the mosaic tile and the front of the tile cutters and bring the handles together completely to snap / cut the tile in half. The 2 smaller (broken) pieces will now fall into your cupped hand. This is the only method used to cut mosaic tiles, whether you’re cutting them straight or diagonally to create triangles or irregular shapes.) Using wood glue on the back of each cut tile, place them lengthways along each side of the red beads. Trim the corners of the tiles off with the tile cutters when you need to accommodate the curved line of beads. Continue gluing the cut mosaic tiles in place, both the grey & black as well as the silver ones until you have achieved your desired effect.

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Once all the mosaic tiles have been glued in place, remove the string of beads and the other loose beads on the side designs in preparation for the grouting process.

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Mix the grouting cement with small amounts of water to make a thick paste resembling cake batter. Mix thoroughly to ensure that no lumps of dry grouting are left. Carefully, using a small wooden spatula, push the grouting into the spaces between the mosaic tiles to ensure that all the spaces are completely filled. Then, remove the excess grouting on top of the tiles and also roughly clear the channels that your beads will be placed into. At this stage you also need to finish off the edges nicely to create a smooth effect all around the outside of the platter. This is best done using your fingers. 8. Wait 5 – 7 minutes for the grouting to begin drying, then take a length of

newspaper and rub it together to soften. Then, take your bunched up newspaper ball and begin to rub over the tiles so as to remove the excess grouting still sitting on top of the tiles. Repeat this process using clean newspaper “rags” until all the tiles are shiny and clean. Allow the grout to dry for approximately half an hour before painting. 9. Now it’s time to paint the base and sides of the platter in a black acrylic

paint. Acrylic paint is quick drying and you should paint 2 to 3 coats as desired, allowing each coat to dry before proceeding with the next. Paint carefully up the sides to cover the grouting on the outer edges of the platter. Clean any excess paint off the mosaic tiles with the newspaper “rags”. 10. Finally it’s time to add the string of bright red beads again. Add

sufficient wood glue into the channels and place your stringed beads into position. Remember that wood glue dries clear so don’t worry too much if it’s a bit messy at this stage. Leave the glued beads to dry for about half an hour or so. Lastly, cut off the tied pieces of string holding you beads together and, if desired, pull the string out. 11. Congratulations! You have just created a stunning mosaic platter than

can be displayed on your coffee table or given to a special friend as a unique gift.

MIRRORED CANDLE HOLDER

Materials:         Round tealight candle holder in ceramic bisque-ware A primer for sealing the ceramic ball (optional) Glass tile cutter 3 sheets mosaic mirror tiles Quick drying wood glue White grouting cement – approximately 4 Tablespoons Clean water for mixing grout Tealight Candle for finishing off the project

1. 1. Paint the ceramic ball with a primer such as Key Coat and let it dry for a few minutes. It’ll feel a bit sticky to the touch. (This step is optional – the benefits are that it seals the ceramic bisque-ware so that it is less porous and also gives you a non-slip surface to place your mosaic tiles on – ideal when working with a round object.) 2. 2. Using the Glass Tile Cutter, cut your mirror square mosaic tiles across the diagonal to create 2 triangular shaped smaller pieces. These can be cut further to create even smaller triangles. 3. 3. Using a quick drying wood glue on the back of each cut tile, place them haphazardly along the sides of the round candle holder. The tiles will fit loosely together to create an irregular pattern, slightly geometrical in shape. 4. 4. Continue gluing the cut mosaic tiles in place until you have completely covered the entire round candle holder. Don’t cover the base of the candle holder with mosaic because it’ll need to be completely level and also leave the indentation for the tealight candle mosaic free so that the little candle fits nicely into it. 5. 5. The next step is to grout between the tiles. So, mix the grouting cement with small amounts of water to make a thick paste resembling cake batter. Mix thoroughly to ensure that no lumps of dry grouting are left.

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6. Carefully, using a small wooden spatula, push the grouting into the spaces between the mosaic tiles to ensure that all the spaces are completely filled. Then, remove the excess grouting and finish off the edges nicely to create a smooth effect all around the top and base of the round candle holder. This is best done using your fingers. 7. 7. Wait 5 – 7 minutes for the grouting to begin drying, then take a length of newspaper and rub it together to soften. Then, take your bunched up newspaper ball and begin to rub over the tiles so as to remove the excess grouting still sitting on top of the tiles. Repeat this process using clean newspaper “rags” until all the tiles are shiny and clean. Allow the grout to dry for approximately half an hour. 8. 8. Finally it’s time to place the tealight candle in it’s place and light it. 9. 9. Congratulations! You have just created a stunning mosaic round candle holder that will look fabulous on your dinner table. Or make another 2 in slightly different sizes for a lovely set of three that will make a décor statement wherever you place them in your home.


								
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