STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Glass Gem Mosaic Egg

For springtime color look no further than this fun new mosaic project. Glass gems in pretty pastel hues give a unique finish - almost like jellybeans!
   Completion Time - 
1-2 hours
   Designer - 
Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Egg, 6"
Other Materials
  • Mismatched or broken china pieces
  • Flat-backed glass gems in one color to complement china
  • Acrylic paint to complement gems
  • Pre-mixed acrylic spackling

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Disposable plastic cup
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon or craft stick
  • Rubber gloves
  • Old towel
  • Natural sponge
  • Hammer
  • Tile nippers (optional)
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

Note: Broken china pieces may have sharp edges. Be extremelycareful when working with them. Wear rubber gloves for your safety.
  • 1. To break china for mosaic, wrap one piece of china intowel. Gently tap hammer against china. Continue until brokenpieces are about 3/4" across; remove from towel. Breakremaining china chosen for design.
  • 2. Using photo as guide, use glue gun to glue several chinapieces to centers of two opposite sides of foam egg. Ifadditional china pieces are required to fit particular spaces,repeat Step 1. Tile nippers may be used to shape china piecesas needed. Glue glass gems to remaining surfaces of egg.
  • 3. In plastic cup, mix small amount of acrylic paint into 1/2cup or more of spackling to create pastel "grout." Blend well,using spoon or craft stick.
  • 4. Wearing gloves, use fingers to work spackling "grout" intocracks between china pieces and gems, removing excessspackling as you work. Using damp sponge, gently wipe mosaicsurface to smooth grout lines and remove excess spackling.Rinse sponge often.
  • 5. Following manufacturer's instructions, let spackling set.Use sponge to wipe surface clean. Let spackling dry overnight.Buff surface with dry towel to shine.