Peacock Mosaic Frame
Creating your own "mosaic" tiles is fun and economical.
Designed by Syndee Holt.
- Premo! Sculpey® Clay – Peacock (4 oz.)
- Sculpey® Cutters, Mini – Rectangle and Circle
- Sculpey® Clay Conditioning Machine
- Sculpey® Gloss Glaze
- Index Cards (or Paper) – White
- Jacquard Lumiere Paint – Bronze and Gold
- Sea Sponge, Small
- Foam Brush, Small
- Unfinished Wood Frame, 8"x10"
- Sanded Grout, Small – Mocha
- Sponge, Small
- Paper Bowl
- Small Spatula
- Bucket of Water
- Tacky Craft Glue – White
Roll half the package of Peacock clay out on the #1 setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Place the clay on the Sculpey® work mat and cut out as many rectangles as you can from the piece of clay. Peel the remaining clay up from the cut pieces. The rectangles should remain on the mat, where you can peel them up and move them to an index card or sheet of paper. You will need about 54 rectangles.
Repeat step above, except use the circle cutter to create at least 24 circles.
Put a small amount of the bronze paint on a piece of paper and use a foam brush to apply some of the paint to the piece of sea sponge. You do NOT want a lot of paint on the sponge. Lightly daub the sponge onto the unbaked tiles to create a vein pattern on the tiles. Stop to apply more paint when necessary.
Repeat step above with the gold paint.
Bake the finished tiles according to the clay package directions. Just transfer the paper with the tiles to your baking tray. Allow the tiles to cool after baking.
Start to lay out your mosaic pattern on the frame by creating the corner patterns first (no glue!). The tiles should have even spacing and should not touch the inside or outside edge of the frame. Start with a circle tile in the center and five rectangular tiles radiating from the circle. The tiles should just touch each other.
Add another circle tile between each of the rectangles to fill out the design.
Fill in the remainder of the frame with alternating rows of horizontal and vertical rectangle tiles.
Once you have your complete pattern laid out, you can start to glue the tiles into place. I prefer to squeeze some of the glue onto a sheet of paper and use a toothpick to apply the glue to the back of the tile. Glue all the tiles into place, making sure that they are still evenly spaced. Once the tiles are glued in place, allow the frame to dry for at least a couple of hours. (NOTE: check the frame from time to time. The tiles may shift as the glue dries.)
Once the glue is set, apply two coats of lacquer to the tops of the tiles, using a small brush. This will protect the paint and create a glossy surface for the tiles to replicate the look of ceramic.
Grouting the Mosaic:
Put your old clothes on and find a spot where you can be messy! Fill a small bucket with clean water and assemble the rest of your items: Gloves, small paper bowl, small spatula, small sponge and about 1-1/2 cups of dry grout. NOTE: I like to work in a box lid to “contain” the mess. PUT THE GLOVES ON!
Mix a small amount of water into a the dry grout mixture in the paper bowl. I use the spatula to add the water because it is VERY easy to get too much water in the mix! You want it to resemble the consistency of mud. The mixture will begin to “set up” and get thicker in just moments.
Apply the grout to the frame and lightly rub it in a circular pattern to fill the spaces between the tiles. Don't forget to rub the grout on the outside and inside edges of the frame to at least stain the wood. Quickly cover the entire frame.
Immediately take the clean sponge, dip it into the water and squeeze the excess water out. Lightly wipe the grout from the surface of the frame, again using a circular motion. Cover the entire surface of the frame as quickly as you can. THE TILES WILL NOT BE PERFECTLY CLEAN ON THE FIRST PASS!
Replace the water in the bucket with clean water and repeat this process to smooth the grout and clean the tiles. Pay attention to the sides! Quickly pick up the frame and clean any of the grout out of the groove where the photo will eventually go.
Allow the frame to dry for several hours or overnight and you will have a fantastic mosaic frame!