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How to Create a Unique Table Top Mosaic of Plate and Broken Glass Pieces with Water Balloon Candles
Colorfully Painted Porcelain Pieces
Make A Unique Table Top
Broken Plate Mosaic
One of the newest creative ideas comes from old, obsolete or broken plates. What can be done with broken plates – not much of anything, right? Some people place them in potted plants to help irrigate the water from soil to rock. Other people like to create wind chimes, if possible. But who of us has ever considered making a decorative, one of a kind tabletop with broken plate pieces?
Make a tabletop mosaic in your own style and taste by arranging broken plate pieces onto a wood surface tabletop. It can be a table made yourself, or an old piece of furniture with a plain or damaged top.
How to Proceed?
If some pieces are too big, break them with a hammer in a cloth or leather clothing items. Protective glasses are recommended to prevent stray pieces from flying into the eyes.
First, arrange the pieces into a nice design and take a photo so you will know what you are trying to replicate while the adhesive is ready and tacky. Don't rely on inspiration, make a plan, because you will be looking at this table for a long time!
Lightly sand with coarse sand paper and scrape the table top to be rough and porous to the touch – this will enable the plate pieces to stick better. Apply the adhesive with a scratchy brush so it will be a bit squishier and easier to apply. Swiveling each plate piece to the tabletop, let each piece firmly set.
Choosing A Grout Color and Type
Grout is the material between the tiles on the kitchen room wall and bathroom. They come in a variety of colors, so choose a color that really shows off your colorful plate pieces. There are even biologically friendly types made with natural materials, check your hardware store or crafts supply for more details.
The next to the last step in the procedure is to apply premixed grout to fill in the gaps between the pieces. A dark color is especially attractive because it gives a great contrast to the colorful ceramic plate pieces which are usually painted in lively colors and themes.
Before applying a grout sealer which will complete your project forever, clean off any and all excess grout that is covering over your colorful ceramic pieces. Use a sponge and mild cleaner, making sure that your new tabletop surface is dirt and sand free, dry, and a real work of art. Then apply grout sealer and the whole project is complete.
Usable Art For Daily Life
As a finishing touch to the table project, why not make some water balloon candles in a complimentary color theme to enhance your new table top? It's a new Frugal creation that has become a recession time trend.
Before you begin, please consult the helpful video. It requires hot wax and should be done with parental supervision. Wearing gloves may be a good idea.
How to Proceed?
You'll need water balloons, which are somewhat sturdier than traditional air balloons. Holding them by the tie end and dipped repeatedly into candle wax until the sides are hardened. Hurricane style candle wax can be found at the crafts supply store. Some like to put sand in the candle wax for an interesting scratchy outside finish.
When the surface is sturdy and strong, pop the balloon. Now there is an opening to house and insert a tiny motive candle. When it's lit up, the balloon remains will give a luminescent glow in the original balloon's color.
These two make a great combination and wonderful dinnertime ambiance. You won't need a tablecloth. Cloth napkins in a cream color or other nicely complementary tone will be the finishing touch.