How to Make a Mosaic Clay Pot Birdbath
My Mosaic Birdbath Creation
Approximate Crafting Time: 4 hours plus drying time.
Do you love birdbaths? Do you love making beautiful things? If so, then you will love creating this gorgeous mosaic clay pot birdbath! It is so beautiful and you can make any design you choose.
I have always loved birdbaths and watching the birds play in the water since a young child. I also love anything mosaic. The art is just beautiful to me. When thinking of making this birdbath, I thought how beautiful to make a mosaic one out of clay pots.
Clay Pot and Small Clay Saucer
Mosaic Authentic Italian Tesserae Tiles
Mosaic Glue E6000
10” Clay Saucer (1)
5” Clay Saucers (2)
4" Clay Pots (2)
Mosaic Tiles (in desired colors)
Protective Eye Wear
Class Stones, Swirls
E6000 Glue (This stuff will hold anything together!)
Acrylic Paints (Colors used for this particular project.)
Large Clay Saucer
Draw your design on the inside of the 10” clay saucer with a pencil. I chose to draw the design of a descending dove, representing the Holy Spirit. You can draw your design freehand or do as I have done here, and use tracing paper to transfer your design to the clay pot.
Descending Dove Design On Tracing Paper
Vitreous Glass Mosaic Tile (authentic Italian tesserae)
I love using these tiles, as they are so beautiful. However, one may just use broken plates if one so desires. The authentic Italian tesserae tiles are cast from colored vitreous glass in the centuries-old tradition of master Italian glass makers. They are designed for easy nipping and application. They may be used in infinite combinations on nearly any reasonably smooth surface.
Cut mosaic tiles with nipper to fit into designs on the clay saucer, the outside rim of one of the pots and on the outside rim of the 5” saucer when turned upside down. Glue the mosaic tiles to the design on the 10” saucer, the outside rim of the pot and the outside rim of one 5" saucer. Attach glass stones and the glass swirls in the same manner. It is best to use a V-notch trowel or craft sticks to apply a layer of Mosaic adhesive onto the project surface. Next, apply a small amount of adhesive to the textured side of a tile. It is also best to work within small areas at a time for best results. Then place the mosaic tile onto the surface in the pattern you have designed. Keep pieces close together for a narrow grout-line. Adhesive will begin to set within 5-7 minutes. Do not reposition the tiles after adhesive sets. Allow adhesive to cure for at least 5-6 hours before grouting. Do not worry, as the white adhesive will turn clear once dried.
Once you have finished placing the mosaic tiles on the entire surface and the adhesive has dried, apply one the mosaic grouts into the crevices between the tiles using a flat-blade spreader tool. Gently work grout into the spaces until the grout is smooth and level with the tile. Wait 15-30 minutes, and then wipe off the excess grout with a damp sponge. Allow to dry.
Once the grout has fully cured, take a damp cloth and polish each mosaic piece until the surface is free of grout residue.
I love to use authentic Italian tesserae tiles and these come in small packets already cut into tiny squares. You may also nip these too if necessary to fit into your design. You can purchase all supplies at your local craft store.
To determine how much mosaic tile you will need, start by measuring the area to be covered (225 of these tesserae tiles cover about 1 square foot).
Descending Dove Design in Top of Birdbath
Why I Chose the Colors, Red, Yellow and Orange to Surround the Descending Dove
The work of the Holy Spirit is to bear the fruit of God in us - of these the greatest is to love. Our character is described as "gold tried in the fire."
Paint clay pots and saucers with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Dry brush with aqua and gold acrylic paints. Glue the saucers and pots together as shown in the completed project.
Painted Clay Pots Glued Together
Top Half of Painted and Tiled Mosaic Birdbath
Bottom Half of Painted and Tiled Birdbath
Apply black grout to the tiled areas. Dry according to manufacturer’s directions and wipe excess grout off with a damp sponge.
Descending Dove Design in Top of Birdbath
Please do not allow unsupervised children to play in the work areas which contain mosaic glass tiles or work debris. Be sure to wear safety glasses or impact goggles at all times when working with mosaic glass tiles. Also be sure to wear durable gloves when cutting tile. Use a work surface which allows for easy clean-up. Clean your work area regularly to minimize the accumulation of broken tiles and glass shards.
Your Mosaic Project Is Ready to Be Admired!
Your new birdbath will look so lovely in your yard. Remember, when it comes to art, the beauty is often found in the imperfections! So, please enjoy and do not worry about it looking perfect.
© Copyright Faith Reaper, December 28, 2013