Stepping stone failure

by Rachel Strauss
(Barrie, Ontario, Canada)

After waiting 3 days I flipped my stepping stone out of the mold and was upset to see that the cement must of oozed out between the glass and the sticky paper. There was very little glass showing so I had to chip away cement to expose the glass. Unfortunately I scratched a lot of the glass and now have a cement lip around the edge. What did I do wrong? I want to make another one soon.


Answer

It's been several years since I've made stepping stones and I don't feel qualified to answer your question. However, there is a web site and forum devoted to stepping stones where you will get a lot of help. You'll find it Here. The "Manuals" section gives specific instructions for making stepping stones, and the "Stone" forum will be able to answer any questions.

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Mosaic's


Since I have many small pieces of glass from projects, I would like to do mosaics. I have purchased a glass nipper, but how do I smooth the edges of the glass without having to grind each little piece. Thank you.

Answer
This not my area of experise, but you can ask questions and get answers at the Garden Web Mosaics Forum I have always found that forum to be extremely helpful.

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Glass Mosaic pieces not sticking

by Pat
(Canada)

I have made a couple of mosaic glass tables for outside and after winter the tiles have popped up and the grout has dried out and cracked. I use tile adesive to glue them, but I was wondering what ideas you would have for the tiles not popping off or not sticking.

Thanks

Answer

It has been a few years since I made mosaics. I used both Weldbond and Liquid Nails, depending on which one I had on hand, to adhere the glass. The birdbath I made 10 years ago is still holding up well.

You really should bring your tables inside during the winter. The fluxuation of temperature causes the grout to contract and expand just enough to pop the glass loose.

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stained glass stepping stones and using a sealant

I made 9 stained glass stepping stones and liked the finished look. I followed directions about sealing the stone after it cured for 7 days, sealed it with a water sealant, let it rest another 2 days and took it outside. I noticed the glass looks like the sealant is showing up, you can see a film on it and it feels rough. Is this the result of using water sealant on glass thats on top of cement? Any ideas on getting a clear look when I'm done?

Answer
I haven't made stepping stones in quite a few years, so I'll ask if anyone reading this has an answer for you. If so, they will answer in the comments section below.

Just as a note, when I was making stepping stones I used Thompsons Water Sealer on some, nothing on others. I have stones in my yard that are at least 10 years old that I did not seal and they still look like new.




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Glass on glass mosaic issue with glue

by Leslie
(Florida)

I use weldbond in my glass on glass mosaic projects. I used to use another white type glue but it went out of business. The issue I am having is this: No matter how hard I try, I get "bubbles" or inconsistencies in the glued piece which show even when the glue dries clear. It's not an issue on dark or opaque glass, but when I use light color clear glass it shows. Most people wouldn't realize that it wasn't there on purpose, but it really bothers me. ANy help would be appreciated. I have tried using alot of glue so that when you press the pieces together the "bubble" splotches don't form. But that doesn't work very well.

Answer

I haven't done mosaics in a long time but I've heard good things about MAC Glue

I'd suggest asking your question Here on the Garden Web. They have a great forum on mosaics and the people that answer questions are very knowledgeable.



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Question about Applique Method (Glass on Glass)

by Melissa
(Jacksonville)

Hi Sue,

I am interested in trying to created an applique window by gluing glass on glass and then grouting. What type of glue would you recommend? I would obviously want something that dries clear and creates few bubbles, if possible. Also, is any particular type of grout recommended? Finally, how would I frame an applique window? (In the past I have framed panels only by using zinc came, which I imagine would not work in this situation.) Do you know of any instructional books that address this method to any extent?

I hope that is not too many questions! Thank you in advance for all of your sage advice!


Answer

This is beyond my area of expertise, so I'm asking anyone reading this, that has experience in glass on glass mosaic work, to please help out with an answer. You can reply in the comments section below. Thanks.

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Glue & wear & tear

I have a book of mosaic shapes glued to clear glass. What would be the ideal glue for such a purpose? I've tried Weldbond, E 6000, & several without success.
Also is there any way of knowing when your glass cutter is due for retirement? If I press any harder my arm will go right through the table. It's a Toyo self-oiling thing but I do edge crunching and am batting about 60% on the line. Thanks- is there an idiot proof kind I can buy? Thanks again... derek-w@telus.net

Answer

MAC Glue is apparently one of the clearest drying glues available and is used for glass on glass mosaics.

It sounds like you need a new cutting head for your glass cutter. You don't need to buy an entire new cutter, just the head. Practice rolling off the edge of the glass rather than crunching off the edge. It will save both your glass and your glass cutter.

No, there is no idiot proof glass cutter. We just try to re-train the person using the cutter. If you need some cutting tips, have a look Here Also click on the other glass cutting tutorials that you see on the right side of the page.

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creating bottom of unfinished wooden serving tray

I have done stained glass and some mosaics in many forms, but have never made a serving tray. Do you know of any free patterns? I especially need directions as to how to proceed, what glue to use, what sealant, etc. Thank you for any help you are able to give.

Answer

I have only done a few mosaics, but never a platter. You will get much more help by going to a mosaics forum. I have always found This One to be very helpful.

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glass mosaic

by Pam
(Toms River, NJ)

can I cut glass sheets and use them with grout to make a mosaic table top?

Answer

Yes you can. However, you do need to glue the glass down before you grout it. Weldbond is a popular glue used in mosaic work.

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Drawing The Pattern On Glass Pieces

by Carol
(California)

I like to do mosaics using stained glass and a diamond saw. How can I transfer a design onto the glass sheet in order to cut out my pieces? I cannot draw and would just like to trace or transfer a design onto the glass. The glass is colored and can't be seen through. Is my only option carbon paper??? I'm afraid because of the water from the saw, the carbon will fade while I'm cutting pieces. I'm sure there's a simple method! I'm very new to this as you can tell!

Any advice would be appreciated!

Answer
Hi Carol,

The easiest way, since you're using opaque glass, would be to make pattern pieces and trace around them with a paint pen. I have found the Zig Painty Pens to work very well when using a grinder or saw. They are available at most large craft stores like Michaels or AC Moore.

You can find instructions for making pattern pieces here.

I hope other readers will add their comments and tell you how they get the pattern on opaque glass.

I'm not here to change the way you cut glass, but I do wonder why you're using a glass saw rather then cutting the pieces with a glass cutter. Cutting the glass by hand takes far less time, is actually easier than using a saw (for any but the extremely difficult cuts), and a glass cutter is much cheaper than a saw, or even a new saw blade/ring.

No matter how you cut your glass, have fun with it.

Sue

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