mosaic garden stepping stones

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

Hi everyone here in DG, hope everyone is having a relaxing Saturday, I just had to add my own stepping stone picture, and would love to see some of yours, the bowling balls are a great idea I saw here, and so I'd thought I'd start a feature on stepping stones, maybe I missed it if there's already one going here somewhere.

So, lets see some other stones and how you'll utilize them when your finished. My hubby is building a walkway to the garden and as soon as he lays these in, I'll post another picture.

Have a great day !!

Jami

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Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

here's the other stepping stone I finished and as soon as their installed in my new walk way, I'll post another picture. Jami

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

OPPS! I don't know what happened to my picture, let me try that again, LOL, Jami

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Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Very nice - perfect for florida.

Are you placing them every so many feet with plain stones as filler?

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

my hubby is laying the stone, and these will be used as fillers, I do other mosaic, but these are less detailed, and if I need to get a few finished before he starts the new walkway, I'm letting out alot of detail, and the spacing of the glass is larger than normal. Here's a pic of a magazine table that I've been working on, that is much more detailed, and is taking much more time than I can whip out one of these stepping stones, even though I love doing this, and am very detail oriented while doing them. But hey, I need a walkway to the garden so, I do the best I can so I don't hold up hubby while I creat my master piece. LOL

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Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

That is great. It reminds me of a very tiny brooch my grandmother brought from Italy when she was a young girl --it was a real work of art. I can see what you mean about how detailed you are in the work. I hope you will post a photo when it is done.
I guess you can go midway with some of the stepping stones that will end up in key places visually - make a wider border and do the detailed work right in the center in a very small area. Best of both worlds.

Jacksonville, FL

Those are very pretty. I would love to try that some day but just don't know if I'm creative enough.

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

just start breaking some tile or glass. get yourself some weld bond glue. and start gluing. so simple, and leave some space between each piece for the grout, which holds in the pieces after your done, these things can last for years and years, ans are great conversation pieces, I do flower pots, picture frames, stepping stones, and now this table. I'll post more pics once I get home, as Right now I'm in NY for the birth of my 3rd grandchild. In the meantime, happy mosaicing and thanks for the comments. Jami

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Jami
Congrats! (the baby)
Question - the weld bond..does it dry hard?

I have been using a silicon glue to make bowling balls with tempered glass and I hate it because it flexes even when dry.

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

missingrosie, just catching up after getting back home,and thanks for the congrats on the new little guy, he's healthy and a very hungry little one, so sorry for making you wait for an answer to your question, weld-bond if you go and goggle it, is a very stong , clear drying glue that lots of people are using for their mosaic projects, and holds up outside in addition to the grout, and I take 1 extra step, I use polyurathane to coat my outside projects, see the picture of my birdhouse, that has a snake living in it, LOL, but yes, my stuff seems to hold up pretty good outdoors, including the stepping stones. Stuff I do for inside I don't use the poly on, no need ! let me know how it works out for you. Ciao, Jami

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Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

I know about hungry babies. My granddaughter can empty an 8 oz bottle in 8 seconds!

Thanks for the reply. I will try it. With the round ball - I thought maybe flexing good since it is always being pressed against a base and it is round...so the 'press'ing isn't helping the bonding. But, I just don't like the feel of the glass moving /flexing against the ball as I work.

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

missin, how's that bb doing? Did you try the weld bond? all has been quite here so I figured you may be done with it by now, LOl, and the more I re-read your problem about the glass" flexing" or "moving", if I understand you correctly, put the glue on first, let it set for a few minutes, than put your glass pieces on it, they should stick pretty good, and when the ball gets grouted, your pieces are on it for good, as grout is what holds the finished piece together. Sorry about not staying in touch here, It's summer and the gardens are growing more weeds than anything else and I got to many things going at once and can't seem to keep up with it all, even though I love everything I'm doing. Let me know how your project is going, Ciao, Jami

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

oops, I meant to post a picture here, I got a little bit done on my table, and thought I'd post a picture of it, in progress, it's taking awhile, but like i said, too many things I enjoy doing, it's summer and I'm loving life.

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Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

I have finished the top, now I need to start the sides, here's where I'm at and I'm wondering, where do i go from here, finish it all or just the top!!!

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Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

It is beautiful just the way it is. I'm sure your creative side will kick in
and you will finish it all. I am new at this Mosiac but love the way it
looks. So you use the glue to hold the pieces in place , then grout over the top. Is that correct?
I have a butterfly that I am putting the colored gems on. I glued them using Jewelry glue.
I hope this works as well as your weld bond.(have to get some of that) Everytime I come back to
Dave's I find some fun thing to do; or grow. Such helpful people too.
Does the glue have to be absolutely dry? Instead of grout, I am going to use cement. That should
work to, don't you think? So much fun. Thanks

Pretoria, South Africa

I think you should leave it as is - the two different textures make it interesting. Love you design!

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

ridesredmule, the idea behind mosaic art, as I studied it on here , the internet, The weld bond glue holds your glass, or ceramic tile in place, and tan when you grout, the grout creeps up around the sides and spaces of your ceramic/ glass and tends to set it in a very hard foundation. I'm going to post a picture of the table top., which I just grouted a day or two ago, the grout holds the pieces in, no way should they fall out. And the weld bond is an interior/ exterior glue, it goes on looking like Elmer's glue, but it drys clear, and very strong!. Thanks to all for the compliments I'm going to put up a picture of the finished table top, and no, I didn't finish the outer edges, and I did a Black Grout, and here in the picture after this one is a bowl I just finished up for a friend using the same grout. Let me know what you all think!!!

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Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

and this picture is of the snack bowl I'm making for a friend, here again, it's not done, but I'll post the finishing touches!

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Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

Let me explain here to any one new doing mosaics, glue holds your favorite gems / Glass / ceramic on to the background that your gluing to, but once done gluing, the grout is what holds the whole piece of art work together. The best way to explain this is look at a back splash in a kitchen. You glue your tiles unto the walls, than after it drys,you grout the spaces!, And always remember to mist your work everyday, after grouting, with water, so you don't get cracks in the grout!

Here are 2 stepping stones and a birdhouse, all mosaic!!!

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Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

jamibad, your work is beautiful. I was going to try to download one of my butterflies but my computer is dragging today.
I sure do thank you for the information it is very helpful. I have done a little glass but mostly gemstones. I do butterflies
stepingstones, but you sure couldn't step on them. :) You would slide off. Now I am putting wires in them so I can hang
them up. Much better. If you look, you will see one of my butterflies in another discussion here. Will try to post a picture later, maybe computer will be faster. Thanks again.

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

I haven't been here for a week, been on the other coast of Florida, visiting my granddaughter, and now getting ready to hunker down for a hurricane or 2, or darn , here we go again, they make a mountain out of a mole hill, and i guess there goes my garden should it hit, but back to the subject at hand, mosaics, I'm just finishing up the few pieces I posted here, and as soon as I finish, I'll post the pics here. ridesredmule, I looked for your butterfly but couldn't find it, did you get your computer fixed? I'd love to see it! Thanks for your compliments!!

Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

I'l just show you one here. That should do, HUH?
I wil take a pic of one I put the glass in but this
gives a general idea of what I do. Let me know what
what you think.

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Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

jamibad, how can you be so patient to wait for the glue to dry? Do you have several projects going at the same time?
After I put the glue on I can't wait to start with the grout. I am working on the another butterfly, also got a frog and turtle
sitting. Can't wait to do mosiac on them. Will take pictures to see. Hope you all don't get bored with them.

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

rides, put the weld bond on a small area,if your working on a curved surface, as it slowly dries, stick your tile/glass to it and it should stick with out sliding, as in the bowl I just finished grouting, I'd lay it in my lap, flat on the side I was working on, and as soon as the pieces take hold, you can turn and go to another area, as for flat surfaces, no problem, the tiles stay where you put them. the weld bond drys with in 24 hour's. "clear and hard" you can grout after your finished your project. I usually do a few pieces of art, than grout, as it's a messy job, that I hate!

your Egyptian lady is very nice looking, your using the round stones, and leaving a larger area to grout than I do. The grout tends to crack up and fall out, doesn't it? If you look at a tiled floor, or a tiled back splash, you see either a 1/8" line of grout around your tiles, and on the floor, where much larger tiles are used you see a 1/4" grout line. I use this concept in my work, the smaller the grout area, the better your art will hold up. Grout is like a sponge, it sucks everything into it, and even air can cause it to crumble, otherwise, using glass and ceramic tile, even the raised marble type glass your using, that is non porous, there for, nothing will stick to the top of it or be sucked into the material, by grouting around the edges, and using a very thin gout line or space between your marbles/glass/tile, you'll hold them in place, and keep the grout in place also. Also, did you know to mist your art after it's been grouted, for a few days, this keeps the grout curing and to prevent cracks from showing up in your artwork. lesson 101 in grouting, LOL, hey, if what your doing has worked for you, maybe you can teach me too.
When doing a mosaic, I have to say it but, I'm anxious too, but I want the work to be here long after I'm gone to another place in the sky, and I believe the Egyptians created this type of art, and it has lasted thru the years, (and I know they didn't have weld bond back than.) lol. And I never get tired of looking at some one elses work, it's a pleasure I enjoy, and I learn new ideas! Can't wait to see more of your work. The idea is to enjoy what you do. I'll have to go dig out my flower pots i have stached, and picture frames too, as I do mosaic on any thing I can get my hands on, next will be this horse my hubby found in someones trash, I painted it, but the weather took it's toll on it, so now it'll be a mosaic project, to be started this winter. I need to order enough glass, from e-bay of course, to finish it. I'll check back in, and hope to see some pictures. ciao, jami

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Garden City, MI

Here are a few stepping stones I have made, lots more sitting in the yard.

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Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

I love the frog. Like the rose to, but I love frogs. Did great.

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

gnkr2000, I love your work ! Very nice. Are you grouting or are you using a form to pour cement, than place your tile before it hardens? Your work looks so neat and pretty, I need help in getting to that point, where it looks so professional. I've been using pavers my hubby buys, and than gluing my stone into place, than grouting. I also have to paint the sides with acrylic paint to make it have that " clean look" the way yours does. I have a form, that you put cement into, and when it dries, you lift the form and move it to the next area you want land scaped, I'm thinking to do this, and insert my glass/tile as I go, for a path to the pond in my yard????

Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

Pokeing in a comment. That would be neat to make a path decorated going to your pond. You could sink the stones or marbles in deep enough to not come out and it would be very pretty.
gnkr2000 did do a great job with her stepping stones, They are so cute. Do you have trouble with the stones coming out in the winter. Especially marbles. I just thought about it, this is before I ever glued anything. Hmm...that may have been the roblem but we have more winter, i don't know if that would have anything to do with it or not.

Naperville, IL

I have not made any mosaic projects, but I would like to give it a try. I would like to know what's the best (or most cost effective) way of getting glass/ceramic/gem pieces for the projects?

Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

That is a good question. I started out with the gem stones and found a mirror that someone had thrown away. You can go to Michael's or JoAnn if you want to buy a mold. To start out, you can make a mold out of an old cake pan, be sure to spray it very good with Wd40 or Pam cooking oil as a release agent for your concrete. I use just the cement and sand mix-NO ROCKS! After the mold sets; and you take it out you can decorate. I'm sure there will be others that will help guide you through this. Type in Stepping sones and learn a lot from that too. I hope this helps. I started mine wout the molds from Michael's. You can get several there or even Hobby Lobby is a good place too.

Tallahassee, FL

I am giving a lot of thought to starting my first mosaic project. I plan to cover the top of a concrete bench with butterflies made from some stained glass someone gave to me. I have learned a lot by reading your comments. I have one question. Back in June or July you said you use polyurathane to coat your outside projects. What brand of polyurathane do you use? Is it an exterior type? I have used several exterior polyurathane brands on other outdoor projects. They have all turned an amber color and made my project look dull.

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

Mizmack, sorry , I haven't been paying attention to the computer lately, too busy trying to catch up on outside chores, the cooler weather has moved in, thank you lord, and so, to answer your question, I use the minwax interior poly on my mosaics, I never looked at the can before, just picked up the clear poly and put it on after my projects were done. I haven't noticed a peeling effect on anything that's in the yard so You may want to decide for your self what you'd like to use. Also I don't use it on "all" my projects, just on things I use paint on. It holds the paint colors on. For instance, my birdhouses I do, Where the glass/ ceramic tiles meet, after I grout, to give my project a finished look, I paint the edges, using acrylic paint, than to seal it, I use the poly. If your doing a mosaic and have done a good job with your gluing and grouting you really need not seal the project. You can also learn a lot on this subject by goggling the subject. I used the interior poly on my metal stuff in the yard, to keep the salt air from rusting the items out, and they too turned cloudy, I think it's the sun, your in Florida also, so that may be the problem. I live 2 blocks off the beach, and try to salvage everything to keep from having to replace things every year, I even used it on my grill,( not the hot parts of course) and it has done it's job. Let us see some pictures of your bench as you do it, sounds like it will be a nice piece once finished. here's a butterfly table top I just finished up and grouted, I still have plenty of work to do on it yet, the edge needs to be finished, and from there the legs and underside, just got to hot to work in my shed, but will get back to it, now that the weather is getting cooler.

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Tallahassee, FL

As you can see, I also haven't been paying attention to the computer lately. I appreciate your response. I think when needed I will also use the minwax interior. I haven't started my project yet. Too much to do in the fall. Your butterfly table top is beautiful, and inspires me to get started. Thanks.

Ashland City, TN

Jamibad...could you post a photo of the stepping stones out in your walkway. Your work is beautiful and I'd like to see it in it's final destination. I can imagine how beautiful the walk way is.

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

To All who have been chatting away here, please excuse me,I've been very ill, but I'm always watching whats going, and I'll post pictures as soon as I can. It's October , but feels like July, so hot, but I'll take the pics as soon as possible. I'm excited to see that everyone is so excited about the mosaics!!! I feel like yuck, so, will be back when I'm up to writing on here. When it comes to the art world, it's all good, Art is art, no one should doubt their ability, do what comes from the heart!!!! I miss working on my art, miss chatting here, I'll be back, and in the mean time you all are inn my thoughts, Thanks for the words of praise!!!!! Lil jami

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

scarediecat, here's a walking stone/ stepping stone that hasn't been put down yet, in a pathway!
I like to advertise and sell my products, but since you asked,I feel a short answer should be addressed, I'm not feeling well, these days, but want to stay active in DG, Sorry for my response, but I have had a lot luck selling them, and am not trying to do that here "you know the rules" I 'll send pics as soon as I can of my walkway. But, this is what I make for walkways! If you like it, or are interested we can go to daves E-mil and discuss it. Thank you for your interest!!!!

Sincerely, Jami

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Ashland City, TN

I'm sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. Your work is beautiful. You should rent a booth at a flea market or go by one of those places that sell outdoor concrete garden art. I do ceramics/pottery and several of those places have asked me to bring my flower pots, stands, etc. to them and they would sell them on commission. I'm fixing my kiln right now so that hasn't gone anywhere. But I'll bet you could get a following if you put work like that out there. Also you wouldn't have to worry about the postage:)

Lubbock, TX

Beautiful work everyone! I am so impressed. Just a few questions. Where do you get your beautiful glass? (I know that it can get expensive) How do you cut it? and are you using mastic to glue the pieces down? Is there a favorite kind of grout you use?

Sorry I have so many questions! This is just something I could really find myself getting into. :-)

Flagler Beach, FL(Zone 9b)

WoW, It's been sometime since I've visited this thread. Here it is July 19, 2012 ! 2 years. But, I had a great time in Thailand, Phuket, Kamala Beach. We sold everything during 2010 to move there with our expectations being gone for 5 years. I never could get on Craigs List from there, so left my subscription run out, and this is a story for another forum, but we have returned, and I just renewed for Dave's Garden, and it feels good to be back. I have 1 piece of furniture I finished with mosaic glass, and thought I'd put a picture up, and see what everyone is doing since we last talked or shared our work. I can tell you this, the mosaic's I saw while in Thailand were very impressive, and I have picture's to go through so I can post some here. But for now, I gave this piece to a friend of mine before we left, and she surprised me by giving it back, as something from my old life as we say it now. I'll let you know when and where I'll set up my "travel forum" so you can see what we did while in the "Land Of Smiles" Here is my only piece of mosaic art, as I sold the rest during our yard sales, and through Craigs List.
Hope to hear from everyone! Glad to be back in sunny Florida, just keep that darn cold away during the winter's!!!

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Barnesville (Charle, GA(Zone 8b)

Beautiful!!!!

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