Do you want to brighten up your decor - or someone's special day in gift form? Check out our step-by-step guide on how to make a colorful glass mosaic candle holder and surprise!
Nothing more festive and warm than candles and flowers scattered around the house. In my house these two ingredients never fail.
I always have flowers in pots and candle holders on all sides. Only flowers who does is nature, but candle holders we can do!
- Glass base (glass of jelly or curd)
- Pen for overhead projector or ink pen tip 0.1 mm waterproof;
- White grout;
- Silicone and plastic 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;
- Squares of colored glass 0,5x 0,5cm, 1 × 1 cm and 1,5 × 1,5cm: several shades of the same color;
- Alcohol or acetone;
- Kitchen sponge;
- Gloves and apron;
- Protective goggles.
You can buy the base of the candle holder in glass packaging houses.
They exist in various formats and you can choose the model you prefer.
But what's even cooler is that you can enjoy a pot that you already have, such as a glass of cottage cheese, jelly, and the like.
Nothing more current than reuse!
For the squares we will need glass cutter, ruler, overhead projector pen or ink, pliers and pieces of glass.
Marking and Cutting of Glass
Mark the size of the strip you want with the ruler and pen on the glass.
Make two markings on each strip to guide you when cutting.
Position the cutter with kerosene and with the lid slightly open on the marking.
Use the ruler to help.
Run the cutter firmly and make an average pressure through the ruler.
You can cut from front to back or back to front, just can not go and come back with the cutter. Repeat this for as many tracks as you need.
Then, break the strips: Position the pliers near the edge of the glass, with the cut face up, hold firm and break down. Never forget gloves!
Now let's cut the stripes into little squares. To do this, use a pre-made paper template.
Feedback makes your job a lot easier! But if you do not want to do the feedback, make the markings with the pen and ruler, just like we did to cut the stripes, and cut.
Place the strip over the template. Position the cutter over the mark and make the cuts.
Always with the cutter with kerosene and with the cap unrolled.
Then break with the help of the pliers, as we did in the previous step.
Choose shades of glass of the same color, or of a close color. And cut squares of 0.5x 0.5 cm, 1 × 1 cm and 1.5 × 1.5 cm.
Preferably all of glass with transparency.
Mounting and pasting the mosaic
Let's start the necklace.
For this, we will need the glass squares, the base, the neutral silicone (acetic acid free), the dental spatula or ice cream stick and a small glass base to place the silicone.
You can also use a brace to make your piece taller. Anything that may facilitate our work is always welcome.
Choose the tone you will get and get to work! Pass the silicone all over the square with the help of the spatula.
Glue to the base of the candle holder.
Always start at the top.
And do not forget the grouting spans.
If at the end of the strip you're pasting a space other than the square size you're working on it's normal!
It does not matter! Mark the right size with the help of pen and cut as we learned earlier.
Move to the other row of glass.
Intercale rows of different shades and sizes.
You can even set up a few rows of boxes of 1.5 x 1.5 cm in the middle of the smaller ones to create a nice contract.
Finish gluing the glass rows with a small leftover on the bottom so that it is a beautiful finish. And ready!
Leave to dry for about 8 hours. After thoroughly dry, separate a clean, dry cloth and acetone or alcohol.
- Clean all pen marks on the glass.
At that point, if you want, you can even leave your candle holder without grout and it will be ready.
But since I really like the light and dark contrast the grout gives, I'm going to grout.
If you also want to, follow these steps further.
You will need a white flexible grout, a pot and a spoon to prepare the grout and a silicone spatula.
Prepare the grout according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Leave the dough homogeneous and pasty.
Pass the grout through the entire piece.
Use the silicone spatula and spread as much as you can with it.
It will look more or less like this.
Spread a damp sponge over a saucer.
With wet finger, finish grouting the piece, removing excess.
Run your finger on the sponge to wipe and moisten.
Be careful not to cut yourself!
Remove as much excess as possible.
- Now, with your fingers, finish the bottom of the candle holder under the last row.
Pass the grouting against the glass and not around.
After you have passed all around, arrange the grout with your finger well moist.
Turn the candle holder over and place the grout on the edge as well.
Also passing the grouting against the glass from top to bottom.
Then, with a very wet finger, finalize the edge finish.
Allow to dry for at least 5 hours.
Do not throw debris in the drain, throw it in the trash.
Wash your hands thoroughly and pass a cream, you will not want your hand to get all dry.
After thoroughly dry, separate a clean, dry cloth.
Rub in the tile until it is free of excess grout left over.
Glass mosaic holder
And ready! Your beautiful candle holder is finished! You can make a pair of candle holders of the same color, or you can make candle holders of various colors. I'm sure it will help give the perfect mood for all your celebrations!
Video Editorial: Mosaic Candle Holder
You can make a pair of candle holders of the same color, or you can make candle holders of various colors.
I'm sure it will help give the perfect mood for all your celebrations!