Santas and Snowmen Mosaic Ornament Class

On Thursday, November 30th, I had a great class for 20 fun loving, creative students. We made 2 mosaic Christmas ornaments each. It was so much fun to see what each of the students made. They were all wonderfully creative and different. Here are some of the ornaments that they made.

Here are the grouting instructions for those who wanted to grout their ornaments:

Grouting Instructions

Once your glue is dry, you will grout your project. You can buy grout at Lowes or Home Depot. You want to buy a sanded grout. The premixed is not as good as the dry. For glass on glass projects, I usually use the charcoal grout from Home Depot. Home Depot and Lowes both have charcoal but the Home Depot version is darker and closer to black.

Always wear a mask when mixing grout. You do not want to breathe the grout dust into your lungs.

Start with a smaller amount of water and add more as needed. You want it to be thick like peanut butter consistency. Once you have it at the right consistency, cover with a damp paper towel and let it sit for 10 minutes before using. There is a chemical reaction that has to happen in that time. When it finishes slacking during this 10 minutes, it will be almost cookie dough consistency. Stir it up again after the 10 minutes has passed. Once it is ready, spread it over your glass, filling all of the gaps. Let it sit for a few minutes until there is a haze over the grout. Then wipe it off with paper towels first. Then continue wiping gently until the majority of the grout is off of the glass. I will let it sit for about 15 – 20 minutes after this so it dries some. Then you can use a paintbrush to brush off the dry sandy grout. After a few hours, you can buff your glass with a soft cloth. If needed, I use Qtips dipped into a vinegar water mixture to clean the glass. I mix the vinegar and the water 50:50. This will shine and thoroughly clean the glass. Buff it well with a soft cloth.

Stained Glass Mosaic Meetup

Last night was my Meetup group’s first class.  We met at Red Clay Ciderworks in South End Charlotte.  What a great place!  The staff are very accomodating and the cider is amazing!  One of the favorites was the Hallo Pina which is flavored with Jalapeños and Pineapple.  Sound strange but yummy.  We made Pumpkin and Leaf mosaics.  It was so fun to see what each person came up with.  They were all different even though they started with the same basic materials.  Next month’s Meetup is back at Red Clay and we are making mosaic Christmas ornaments.  Hope to see you there!  Here is the Mosaic Christmas Ornament Class Link