mosaic on rocks

anneinva_2009September 14, 2011

Has anyone mosaiced on top of those garden flat rocks? I would like to try it. I guess I would use thinset to glue down. But how do you grout it so that it doesnt go past the design. For example if you do a butterfly how do you just grout the butterfly and not the background of the rock? thanks


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Let me refer you to an artist on Flickr that does this very thing beautifully. The way you grout just your butterfly is just that - you grout it, then take your damp gloved finger or damp brush, and smooth the edges around it, washing the grout off your rock - real easy. Giving you a link to the artist on Flickr.
The Rock Lady

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 3:10PM
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Those of the less coordinated and more messy (like me) wound use some masking tape or painters tape around the mosaic for accidents. I am the worlds messiest grouter.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 8:07PM
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Wow!...that is a cool idea. I am now thinking about all the rocks that I have in my garden that I could do this technique on!

Has anyone used the ball chain? How would you glue that onto your substrate especially if it is a rock?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 8:25AM
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Wow, what a creative person! Have any of you used rigid wrap before? I'd never heard of it.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 4:42PM
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Yes, I have used rigid wrap. my fave method is to just apply fiberglass mesh wall repair tape-its sticky-and then skim coat with thinset. that and some styrofoam to carve and you got yerself a substrate.
I guess I would use silicone to glue down ballchain outside-lay down a thin bead and set the ballchain into it.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 9:09PM
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