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my new stone mosaic tabletop

2012-07-22 - 7:48 a.m.

my handmade stone mosaic table top
© 2012 by elaine radford

Here is a not very good picture of the new stone mosaic tabletop I just made. It's really nifty in person, where you can see the natural colors of all of the different varieties of polished stones.

If I show you one of the intermediate stages, you can probably figure out the rest:

placing the stones

But here's a step-by-step just for grins:

  1. First, DH cut the OSB to the right dimensions, then gouged it out with a router so that the stone pieces could sit down in the table top.
  2. OSB is porous and doesn't take paint well. Thus, I went over the frame and especially the exposed sides with papier maché strips. Dry the papier maché in a low humidity air-conditioned room with a fan blowing over it.
  3. Now comes the fun part -- picking and choosing the already polished stones. Most of them came from swaps with "Snuffy," a popular rock tumbling expert on the Rock Tumbling Hobby board.
  4. In the past, I have used Wellbond to secure the stones. However, our local Michael's up and moved away without warning, so I went to the Home Depot, where I found a dazzling array of Gorilla Glues. I used the one that "boils up" a little, so you must take care not to use too much.
  5. After the glue is cured, I used a pre-mixed, pre-colored grout, also from Home Depot. Got a little lazy, as in previous projects, I have mixed and dyed my own grout from powder, but I was ready for a quick win.
  6. I painted the frame in a deep emerald green and let it dry. I then pounced on the black glaze, to give a malachite (mottled deep green and black) effect.
  7. After another day or so of curing, it was time to apply the mosaic sealer.

I would rate this project as easy to do, inexpensive, and not very time-consuming, yet the use of the variety of all natural, highly colored jaspers, agates, and petrified woods give it a rich look that really packs a punch.

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