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Mosaic Coated Trowel

Mosaic Coated Trowel

The troughs came back with everything!

I have always liked it and now I have seen in decorations magazines for the most diverse uses.

You can use it as a fruit bowl or centerpiece to store unusual things, such as toilet paper on the bathroom shelf.

You can even put candles on top or leave it simply to decorate your home, since she is beautiful!

And after the ready mosaic, in addition to a trough you will also have a beautiful piece of art!

I brought mine from a trip to Bahia, but you can find yours in handicraft fairs. Come on?


  • 1 trough (mine has 47x30x7cm);
  • Water-based white enamel paint;
  • Soft brushes (flat end of pony hair);
  • Ruler;
  • Pen for overhead projector and permanent pen with ultra-thin tip;
  • Pencil;
  • Eraser;
  • Grout in sand color;
  • Silicone spatulas;
  • Neutral silicone (if it is a tube, you will also need a silicone gun);
  • Small spatula to pass silicone (spatula 24 - dental instrument) or ice cream stick;
  • Small glass base to place silicone;
  • Glass cutter;
  • Kerosene for the cutter;
  • Pliers;
  • Squares of dark brown glass of 0.5 x 1.0 cm.;
  • Squares of dark brown glass of 1.0 x 1.0 cm.;
  • Squares of guava glass 1.0 x 1.0 cm.;
  • Squares of light pink glass of 1.0 x 1.0 cm.;
  • Squares of light brown glass 1.0 x 1.0 cm.;
  • Or plates of brown glass, guava, pink and light brown;
  • Alcohol or acetone;
  • Sanding for wood;
  • Cloths;
  • Gloves and apron;
  • Protective goggles.

Preparation of the Wood Trough

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This is the trough I chose.

It is not very big, it has 47 × 30 cm; and is not very deep, is 7 cm high.

Choose a shallower trough to work on, it is easier to glue the glasses.

The troughs usually come waxed.

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The troughs usually come waxed.

To work on them we will need to remove the wax.

For this, we need sandpaper. One thicker and one thinner.

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Sand all the inside of the tray, first with the thick sandpaper.

Remove all wax.

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Tip: Cut smaller pieces of sandpaper to use. It's better to work.

Do not forget to sand the edges too.

After removing all the wax, pass the fine sandpaper to match the wood.

Remove all dust. Also, wipe the damp cloth with a damp cloth, ensuring that there is no dust. Let it dry.

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Skip white base - choose enamel or acrylic paint.

As we already know, it is always better to work on a white base.

For this, we will paint the part that we are going to work of the trough.

I used white water-based nail polish and soft, pony-hair brushes. You can also use acrylic paint or synthetic enamel.

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Paint the entire area inside the trough and also the edges.

Be careful not to paint the outside.

Give at least two coats of paint.

Notice that the paint gave a good basis for the work and even then did not hide the beautiful mark of the wood of the trough.

As the paint dries, let's cut the glass.

Since we're going to cut a lot of glass, cut it in pieces so it does not get boring. It's nice to see work taking shape rather than just cutting...

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Let's start with the dark brown glass, which is what will shape our design.

We will need ruler, fine point pen, cutter, pliers, kerosene for the cutter and glass, of course.

You can choose other colors and types of glass, but prefer glasses of the same thickness, to make your work easier.

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Make markings on the glass 0.5 in 0.5 cm with the pen and ruler.

Cut the total strips first, separating them from the plate.

To cut, run the cutter with kerosene and the cover desrrosqueada by marking, making a medium pressure.

Use the ruler for support.

Cut from front to back or from back to front, how to feel better. Just do not go and come back with the cutter on the plate.

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Wear gloves! Glass cut!

Hold the plate firmly, facing the cut up, with one hand on each side of the cut, right at the end, and break down.

It will break easy. If it does not break it's because it did not cut.

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Do it again. If you prefer, break with the pliers.

The secret of cutting glass is not to be afraid.

And whenever you have to hold the glass, hold it tight.

Never let the glass slide in your hand.

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Make the strip cuts now, in the markings and with the help of the ruler, in the same way as we learned above.

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To cut the faixinhas you better use pliers.

Hold the glass firmly, facing upwards with the cuts.

Position the pliers at the beginning of the cut and break down.

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You can make all the cuts at once and go breaking one by one.

If you prefer, you can cut and break one at a time.

Make it the way you feel more secure.

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We'll need quite a few squares of dark brown glass.

My plate was 30x40cm.

I cut 30 bands of 0.5x30cm.

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I've already cut some 0.10 cm bands, which we'll use at the edges.

To finish cutting the stripes in squares you can use a previously made template, or you can make markings with the ruler and pen.

The feedback makes it a lot easier, but you need to have the firm hand to not get too crooked.

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Run the cutter by the track at the 1-in-1-cm markings.

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Hold the strip firmly with the cuts facing up.

Position the pliers at the beginning of each cut and go breaking down.

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Proceed in the same way with the 0,5 cm bands.

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Have you done the math? I cut 900 squares of brown glass 0.5 × 1.0 cm.

And there was only a little left.

But do not be scared, for it is very easy!

It took me about 40 minutes to cut through all the brown glass.

Making the Drawing Trace in Gamela

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With the base paint already dry, let's draw. We'll need pencil and eraser.

Since I had decided to make a drawing of free shapes and I liked the design of the wood of my trough, I decided to take advantage of it.

So I made the first two strokes with the drawing of the wood.

Then I made free laps with the pencil, starting and ending at the edges.

You can do this same drawing. Or you can let go of your hand and imagination and make a drawing of yourself in the same style.

(If you prefer, follow the drawing already with the brown glass glued later, it is easier to visualize.)

Pasting the Mosaics That Form the Base Drawing

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Let's start the necklace.

At this stage, we will need the neutral silicone, free of acetic acid, the spatula or ice cream stick and the glass base to support the silicone.

Also keep the cutter, the thin-tip pen and the pliers.

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Take small amounts of silicone at a time. Take the silicone with the spatula.

Pass the silicone all over the square.

Start by pasting the square near the edge and in the main strokes.

Press with your finger to spread the silicone and paste better.

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To get right to the edge, place a square and mark with the pen to spare.

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Cut with the cutter, as we learned, on the mark you made.

Break the glass into the cut.

To facilitate, use two pliers, without too much force.

Make sure the piece fits tight and glue.

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Keep casting. First I did the two main traits.

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Continue to form the lines by pasting the mosaics with intersecting lines

After the main strokes, start where the drawing crosses the stroke. To be more beautiful, let's make perfect fittings.

To do this, hold the square where it should stay and mark the cut of the leftover.

Cut as we have already seen.

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Glue the entire drawing, always taking the leftovers into the seams, for a perfect fit.

Here is all the drawing done.

Collage of Edge Mosaics

Now let's go to the edges.

Glue the squares by filling the edges.

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Use the squares of 0.5 x 1.0 cm, and the squares of 1.0 x 1.0cm.

When you glue squares to the more concave parts, pass a larger amount of silicone. That goes for all the windows.

As the edges are usually irregular, mark and cut the leftovers here as well.

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We finished all the brown!

If you prefer, use this photo to make your drawing.

Let it dry well. I let it dry from one day to the next, so I could fill it without fear of getting something out of the place.

Mosaic Colored Fill

Let's start by filling the drawing with the guava glass.

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To do this, cut the squares of guava glass in the size of 1.0 x 1.0cm, as we learned.

Cut a bit good and cut more as you need it.

We will also use the silicone, the spatula, the glass base, the cutter, the pen and the pliers.

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I preferred to fill the larger areas of guava in an intercalated way.

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I started for the parts near the edges.

Remember to remove the glass scraps for a perfect fit.

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The movement of the mosaic you get from the directions you choose to glue the glasses.

In the parts near the edges I followed the direction of the edges.

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In the middle parts, I chose each one a different direction, from the brown - without ever changing direction in the middle of the fill.

So I gave movement and unity to drawing.

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For the second part of the fill, let's use light pink glass squares. Cut as we learned in the beginning.

Fill the interspersed areas with the filled areas of guava, leaving unfilled areas that, if filled, would be the same.

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For the missing fill, let's use a lighter brown.

Cut the brown squares of 1.0 x 1.0 cm using the technique learned.

Fill the remaining areas with light brown glass.

Do not forget to vary in the padding directions.

After thoroughly dry, wipe all pen marks with a clean cloth and acetone or alcohol.

Mosaic grouting

Now all you need to do is grout.

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For this, we will need flexible grout in sand color, a container to prepare, a silicone spatula.

I mix with a spoon, but you can mix the grout with whatever you prefer.

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Prepare the grout by mixing water according to the manufacturer's specifications.

Make a dough that is uniform and doughy.

Pass the grout through the mosaic with the help of the silicone spatula.

Pass the spatula to all sides pressing down: this way the grout will enter all the spans.

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Pass the grout with the tip of the spatula on the edge seam. Also, with the tip of the spatula, feed the grout onto the edge.

Remove any excess grout from the top of the tile with the silicone spatula.

Pass the grout on the edges of the border with your finger, without fear of being happy.

Then wash your hands thoroughly and apply a cream.

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To dry, all excess must be removed as in this photo.

If it is hot, let it dry for about 4 hours. If it is colder, let it dry for about 6 hours.

You can see when the grout is dry because its color will be lighter.

After drying, remove any leftover from the grout with a clean, dry cloth. Rub the cloth in the mosaic. Watch out for the edges. Remove all dust.

The next day, you can still clean better with a damp cloth, to finish removing the powder and also clean the outside well, which we leave in the wood to create this wonderful contrast.

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Ready! There was a beautiful piece of art !?

Make yours too! Send me a picture of your play ready! I'll love to see!

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