Glass Mosaic Spheres
Colorful mini mosaics shine as easy décor accents! Repurpose broken dinnerware, use found items like sea glass or pick up glass gems from the floral department.
Designed by Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Company
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Balls, 6-inch; 5-inch, 1 each size
- Mosaic Pieces (repurposed/broken china or glass plates and/or ceramic tiles)
- Ceramic Tile Adhesive
- Lightweight Spackling
- Rubber Spatula
- Disposable Container
- Container of Water
- Natural Sea Sponge
- Clean, Soft Rag
- Tile Nippers
- Work Gloves
- Old Bath Towel
Wrap plates and tiles, one at a time, in old towel. Place towel on hard surface, like concrete sidewalk, and rap contents smartly with hammer. Do not hammer repeatedly or you risk disintegrating mosaic pieces. Check inside of towel periodically and remove pieces of desired size; wear work gloves at all times when handling broken items. Be sure to remove all shards from towel or discard towel entirely to prevent accidental cuts.
Use tile adhesive to secure mosaic pieces to foam balls in pleasing designs. Use tile nippers to cut some pieces to size as needed.
Follow manufacturer's directions to mix spackling "grout" in disposable container until smooth and spreadable.
Use spatula to apply grout to surface of ball; be sure to push grout into spaces between mosaic pieces. Smooth grout as much as possible as you work. Let set a few minutes, then gently smooth using damp sponge. Rinse sponge often in fresh water.
Let grout set up slightly, then wipe face of mosaic pieces again with damp sponge. Let dry completely. Use clean, soft rag to polish mosaic pieces.
Follow the instructions carefully when breaking the glass and china, and wear safety gloves and safety glasses. Personalize the spheres by adding marbles, charms and other dimensional trinkets.