Your glue is dry. Now what?

After you have read Stained Glass Rose Mosaic Part 1 and completed all the steps, it should be the next day after you glued your last pieces down. So now… we get to play with grout! Go outside and pour some of the powdery grout into your bucket, being careful not to touch it or get it in your lungs. I recommend wearing gloves starting from this point. Slowly add water to your powder until it is toothpastelike or has a texture like mayonnaise. After your grout is completely mixed up with no dry patches, you can mix in as much glitter as you desire for an added touch of sparkle.

Apply your grout

This is VERY messy; you will want to do it on a table with a tablecloth that can be thrown away covering it. Put your mosaic glass side up and, with gloved hands, scoop up some of the grout and splat it onto the glass. Press it and work it in between the glass, be careful not to cut your gloves open. It’s okay if you get it on the frame, wipe it off as best as you can, but remember we will repaint it later. Scrape as much grout off your glass as you can while it is wet but still make sure all of your gaps are well filled. Trust me, this will aid you greatly in the future.

Clean up after your grout and polish your glass

About 15 to 20 minutes after your grout has been applied, wipe it off of the glass carefully with a slightly damp sponge or sponge brush. Make sure to get it ALL off!! It is harder to scrape off later. See how the glitter really sparkles in the grout after it has been wiped? So pretty. You can also use this stuff called Whiting that will polish your glass and get any leftover grout off after your grout has settled. Use a firm toothbrushto apply and scrub. Do not add water to the whiting, it works as a powder.

Finish Your Rose

Wipe over your glass with Windex to make it shine. Then you can start painting the frame. Use your sponge brush and dab it on thickly. Cover the whole frame thoroughly and let dry for one hour, being very careful not to paint the grout or the glass. After an hour you can put a second coat on and allow it to sit, and you may need a third coat. Once your frame is dry and you are satisfied with it, Put the hooks into it with a screwdriver, these particular ones you can purchase here do not need a drill and are absolutely fantastic. I chose to light it from behind with some battery operated Christmas lights, but you can just hang it in the sun as a suncatcher if you so wish. If you choose to make this piece, feel free to email me with pictures, I would love to see them! 

This beautiful stained glass rose mosaic is lit from behind and can be hung anywhere, not just the window! This rose is inspired by the one from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and uses five different kinds of glass, as well as glass marbles.

Although the finished piece looks expensive, it’s really not. It’s also not that hard to make. Unlike traditional stained glass, which is made with lead came or copper foil, mosaics are made with glue and grout. If you make your mosaic on top or a picture frame or old window, the sun or a backlight will shine through it just like stained glass.

To make this mosaic, you will need:

Prepare Your Picture Frame

Before you can think about making your stained glass piece, you must first prepare the frame. Take the backing off and throw it away. Pull the glass piece out of the front, put some of the silicon glue on the inside of the frame, and press the glass into it to secure it. Let dry, and then you may use the silicon caulking to seal it in and protect it, go around the whole edge of the glass on the inside and outside of the frame and allow to cure for as long as the tube says, typically about one day.

Print and Prepare your Picture

After your caulking is set, print the image and cut it to fit the inside of the frame with the scissors. Then tape it to the inside of the fame with your scotch tape. Never just lay it on top of the glass, because you will have to move it and rearrange your pieces when you wish to glue them down to the glass. Once your image is stuck to the back, wipe off any fingerprints, dirt or dust that have gotten onto the glass surface with Windex and a cloth. 

Starting on the glass

Use your nippers to nip off little bits of dark green glass and lay it out over the stem and the small piece of the rose leaf that has the stem. From my mistakes… glue down the pieces as you go instead of waiting. That way if your piece gets bumped, you wot have to rearrange the pieces. Do the light green glass on the leaves and the red on the rose. For the rose I tried to follow the pattern as best as I could to make it look more realistic and less like a blob.

The glass beads

Now it is time to place the glass beads. Set one big bead at the very top of your frame and glue it down, and then make the shape of the dish that contains the rose. Glue them all down and let the glue cure for a few hours.

Background

Then the clear glass needs to be nipped into squares, use your scorer and breakers to score and break some strips of glass and then nip them into squares. Glue them as you go along in neat rows. Do the same for the outside, tucking triangles around the glass beads. Make sure to leave little gaps for grout, as shown in all the pictures. Glue all of your pieces down and let it set for a minimum of 24 hours.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Stitch is a very cute Disney character that can be difficult to draw, However this helpful tutorial inspired by Disney’s art festival makes it much easier to handle! While sketching stitch, I met Vlogger Brandon, from Brandon GoesRawrr. He inspired me to make this tutorial. We were not allowed to use erasers, so I challenge you to draw without one! Sketch lightly so that your mistakes can be ignored. 

Here are some of my favorite pencils!

If you choose to color him in, perhaps consider using pastels. Derwent’s Pastel Pencils are less messy than regular pastels and very fun for sketching.

If you must use an eraser,kneaded erasers are the best thing since sliced bread. They’re also a good fidget toy as it does not stain your clothing or furniture if you happen to leave it somewhere.

Step one

Start by drawing a half circle very lightly. This will be the top of Stitch’s head. Connect the two halves with a slightly curved line, making sure the edges are rounded and not sharp. Draw a line down the middle of the shape.

Proceed to draw a straight line very lightly across the shape horizontally where the curved line starts on the face.

Step two

Next, extend the bottom of the middle line just a itty bitty bit. Then draw a curved line on either side outside of your bottom line to meet the end of that middle point and the sides of the face, so stitch looks sort of like this face… :3.

 

Draw the nose next, as seen in the picture below. A triangle shape with a curved top. Draw two little nostrils on either side.

Step three

Then draw the eyes, which are kind of shaped like a football. I put one highlight in one eye and two in the other eye, to make it pop. I recommend making the highlight bigger than you think It should be in case you accidentally over shade the eye. You can add more but not always take it away!

Step four

Then draw curved lines around the eyes, that follow the bottom guideline, go around the eye, curve up, and meet the side of his head.

 

Step five

Then draw a line under the mouth for a chin, another line for the neck, and draw two lines above the nose, the one down close to the nose should be a bit longer.

Add three tufts of hair to the top of his head and his eyebrows. His eyebrows stick out from his head, they curve back to right above the eyes.

Step six

Next is the ears. Draw a big floppy loop coming from about where the eye is and up over his head, coming back down. Repeat on the other side and draw little long triangles that go out.

 

Finish

Add a chip in either ear and you are done! You can color him in or leave him blank.