For this process you will need to use an epoxy grout. I prefer a product called SpectraLOCK® Stain Proof Grout. It is a three-part grout that is mixed right before using. You’ll want to use rubber gloves during this process, epoxy grout sticks to everything it touches and is not removed easily.
First, smear the grout around on the panel making sure you get it in every crack between the glass pieces. This will not only strengthen the entire piece but because it is an epoxy grout, it will seal the piece. It’s important to use only one package of grout at a time, this process is time-sensitive and you don’t want your grout to dry before you’re ready to start the next section of your panel.
After you worked the grout in, use a damp (not wet) sponge and start cleaning the surface off. Clean it as much as you can, let it sit a couple of minutes, then buff it off. Repeat the process untill the panel is completely grouted.
Finally, perform a final buffing of the panel and prepare it for framing.
Start by laying out the glass onto your panel, here I’m laying out the vines for the grapes to lay on.
Continue to lay the pieces of glass on the surface before you glue them on. As you continue, you will see exactly where you should add more or take something away.
Here I have taken the glass cutter and cut apart the leaves so that the veins will be made distinct when they are grouted
These are the grapes (in two colors) shaped by the saw after cutting the small squares.
Finish shaping your glass (in this case leaves) by using the blade of the wet saw.
Create the basic shapes you want to use with your glass cutter. Here I am preparing the basic shapes for the leaves of the vine.
Make sure there is enough water in the saw to cut the glass. If there isn’t enough you will crack the glass from the heat created by the friction of the blade.
Using your glass cutter, cut glass pieces to the approximate size that you want your shape.
It’s important to always wear eye protection and be aware that you may cut your fingers, so wear rubber gloves while you are working to minimize injury to yourself.
Choose the size of mosaic that you wish to create. If you want the light to come through the glass, start with a piece of clear glass as your base. The bigger your panel, the thicker the glass should be. If your panels is larger than 2 ft. by 2 1/2 ft. you must consider using tempered glass. Carefully choose the colors of glass that you want in the mosaic. You can find stained glass online or at an art glass merchant (I prefer to see all of my choices in the store that way you can see the true color of the glass).
Outdoor Kitchen with Glass Mosaic Wall
An exterior kitchen in Sunny California is a perfect spot for this stained glass mosaic wall. This was designed specifically for this western exposure to capture the sun’s final rays into the evening. A great place to entertain and wow your guests. This wall creates an intimate setting for any event. The iron work was done by the Mercer Brothers of Santa Cruz, California.
In this next series of posts I’ll take you through the basic steps to make your own stained glass piece. Just bring your tools and imagination!
This 7 x 3 ft. glass mosaic wall shields the view into the neighbor’s yard and offers a beautiful play of light into an outdoor kitchen.