Art for the Garden!
Transform these river stones into mosaic masterpieces with just a few simple supplies! Sue Gerdes, of Flea2Fab, her garden art craft business, shows you how to do a brilliant and colorful new project in her usual, delightful way. These garden stone crafts make unique and sparkly outdoor decorations that will endure all the elements.
How to make Rock Star Rocks
First lets look for just the right rocks…
Sue says, “If you like the paisley style design, above, look for a flat rock without a lot of ridges. If you want to make the heart design look for a flat and almost heart shape rock with out ridges. Lastly, if looking to make a flower rock design, look for a round mound like rock without…you got it …ridges.”
GLUE: any kind that is strong that will glue metal to metal or wood to metal. I use whatever I have and today I have GE II Rain ready Sun/freeze proof Silicone.
GLASS and BEADS: a assortment of size and color. Use up your collection.
GROUT: Use unsanded grout
The next step is to…
“Draw your design on the rocks with a pencil. The sky is the limit on this in fact my next one might be a fish. After you decide what your design is, lets start gluing!”
“Glue: I lay a long thin line of glue onto my pencil mark outline.
Bead: Then I place my beads one at a time or you can string them and line them up on your glue line then pull the string out once the beads are where you want them.
While doing this do not breath or answer the phone…just joking…
Make sure you pat the beads down so they are embedded into the glue. The trick is how much glue, …not too much because you will have a mess and not to little or they won’t stick well. After you have done it once you will figure it out.”
Filling in the rest…
“The next step is fun. You can use so many things to fill in the design, …I chose to use broken stained glass and old beads in this one. Lay down your glue and design as you go. The broken stained glass fits like a puzzle, glue down then drop in your glass.
Cure: Let it set and cure for several hours or depending on humidity ( test to see if dry by pulling on the beads).”
“Ok lets grout! Mix up your grout like cookie dough and push into the beads and glass. My grout doesn’t go past the beads, some artist do so they can cover mistakes of to much glue. Looks like a mess huh?
Wipe: Ok, now take a rag and polish it, wiping it off and making sure you don’t dig into the design.
Wait: Let it dry 24 hours and put a outside sealer (read direction on how many coats) on it if it is for outdoors. And there you go! Wasn’t that easy?”
Sydney Minor is attempting a stained glass rock with a dragonfly. She says, “I’m working on a mosaic bowling ball with many mirror pieces, creating as I go, and as I chip away at the larger pieces, I make many smaller pieces just right for the smaller rocks. I’ve decided, too, that little mirror pieces would be just right for dragon fly wings. Sydney Minor says, After this, I’ll be putting some on my mosaic bowling ball, too!”
You may need:
Stained glass pieces from Amazon: Click photo…