Feather Mosaic Kit

STEPS ONE AND TWO: Remove all supplies. Set the backing sheet with the contact paper  on your  work surface.

STEP THREE: Remove the release paper overlay from the contact paper and place the feather pattern underneath.  Be sure the feather stays within the taped lines. Keep the release paper attached at the top. Just fold it out of the way.

STEPS FOUR AND FIVE: Tape the pattern on the back in the four corners, then empty the contents of the feather mosaic bag on your work table.

STEP SIX: Place the pieces, number side up over the corresponding number on the pattern. Press to adhere to the contact paper.

 

 

Continue to place the tesserae in the proper place until you have completed the feather

 

STEP SEVEN: Take the bag of background tesserae and begin placing around the feather, leaving about 1/8″ gap between each piece.

 

 

STEP EIGHT: Continue to add the background tesserae until you have filled in the entire background.Take a look at your design and make sure you are happy with it. Adjust if needed.

STEPS NINE AND TEN: Take the second sheet of contact paper and remove approximately two inches from the top of the sheet. Press firmly onto the top of your mosaic. Continue to pull off the release paper as you press the sheet of contact paper over your mosaic. Press firmly to ensure the contact paper is firmly attached. You now have your mosaic sandwiched between the two sheets of contact paper.

Here is what your piece should look like. The top of the mosaic is covered with the second sheet of contact paper.

STEP ELEVEN:  Slide your mosaic (now covered with the sheet of contact paper on top)  to the edge of the table,  and using two hands and the backing board as a support, carefully flip the whole thing over. Remove the clear backing board with the attached pattern. Remove the pattern and set aside, but keep the backing board handy. You will need it in a minute.

Now you  need to remove the back layer of contact paper. Carefully pull off the back sheet of contact paper. Pull down gently, not straight up, to avoid dislodging any tesserae. If you dislodge a piece, just press it back into place.

Your piece should now look like this; a reverse of your original design.

STEP TWELVE: Place the clear backing sheet underneath your mosaic, positioning it within the taped lines.

Take the tub of white adhesive and spread a thin layer over your stone, leaving approximately a 1/2″ border. Don’t put too much on; you only need a very thin layer about 1/16th of an inch thick.

 

STEP THIRTEEN: Take the comb and run it down the length of the adhesive, scraping off the excess and putting it back into the tub.

STEP FOURTEEN: Place the stone on top of the mosaic, using the tape as a guide. Try to place it as accurately as possible. You should be able to see the tape sticking out about 1/2″  on all sides.

Once you have it positioned, slide the whole thing to the edge of the table and again using both hands and the backing board, flip the whole thing back over. Sandwich the mosaic and the stone firmly between your hands while you flip it over.

 

 

 

Once the piece is flipped over, remove the clear backing sheet, BUT LEAVE THE CONTACT PAPER IN PLACE.

STEP FIFTEEN: Press down firmly but don’t slide your hand; you will shift the tiles. Allow the adhesive to set up for an hour. After an hour, carefully peel back the remaining sheet of contact paper. If the tiles start coming up, press it back down and wait another hour.

STEP SIXTEEN: Once the contact paper is removed take a toothpick and remove any extra adhesive from between the tesserae. This will make your piece much easier to grout. Just slide the toothpick between the tesserae and wipe clean. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before grouting.

STEP SEVENTEEN: Mix the grout according to the  instructions in your kit. Begin at the top and continue down, pushing the grout down into the crevices of the mosaic. Continue to grout and clean, using a barely damp sponge to remove any extra grout.

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Congratulations! You have finished your piece. Allow the grout and adhesive to cure for one week before placing outside.

 

 

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