Vintage Mosaic™ Teapot Tray
- Wooden Tray, 11x14-inches
- Vintage Mosaic ™ Pansies, 4 Packages
- Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Stained Glass Chips, Purple and Yellow (1 package each)
- Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Bone Grout, 2lb. Container
- Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Wheeled Nippers
- Carbon Paper and Pencil
- Sharpie™ Marker
- Green Acrylic Paint (or preferred color)
- Paint Brush
- Mixing Bowl
- Mixing Spoon
- Measuring Cup
- Paper Towel
- Soft Cloth
- Plastic Gloves
Clean surface of tray with paper towel to remove dust or wood particles.
Prime the tray surface and sides with one or two coats of paint. Enlarge teapot pattern to fit tray.
Place carbon paper (carbon side down) in center to tray and place pattern directly over carbon paper, secure with tape.
Trace pattern with pencil, making sure design is transferred to the tray. Remove paper and pattern, if necessary, darken pattern outline with a Sharpie™ marker.
Nip purple stained glass chips into quarters of 3/8-inch squares and arrange the glass on the pattern, use photo as a guide. Leave approximately 1/16-inch space between glass pieces. For nipping instructions, watch a video in our Creative Corner at www.diamondtechcrafts.com.
Fit glass squares to the edge of the teapot pattern, round one corner of the square using a nipper.
Create teapot bands by alternating yellow and purple glass nipped into approximately 3/16-inch squares. When teapot pattern is complete, lift each piece of glass, and apply a thin layer of glue to the back. Push glass firmly into place to ensure a tight bond.
Vintage tile is pre-broken into various sizes. Starting with the larger pieces, nip and arrange on tray around the teapot to fill-in the background area.
Spacing between pieces should be approximately 1/8-inch.
Smaller pieces can be interspersed to fill in tight areas and to fit around the teapot lines.
There will be a slight height difference between the glass in the teapot and the background tile.
Mix grout according to directions. Approximately one cup of mix is plenty. Apply grout with gloved hand and spoon, pushing into all spaces between the tile, glass and the wood edge.
Let stand 5 minutes and begin wiping off excess grout with a slightly damp sponge, being careful not to pull the grout out from the cracks. Create a slight bevel in the grout between the height of the glass and Vintage tile.
Continue wiping and smoothing until you have an even surface.
Remove any excess grout that has dried onto the sides of the wooden tray.
Buff with a soft cloth and let dry 24 hours.
Apply a finish coat of paint on all sides of the tray.