I love combing the beaches for interesting items and have been doing such for as long as I can remember. I also like to find innovative ways to incorporate my beach combing finds into useful items. Did you know that a lot of interesting things may be made from items found along the shore, like a mosaic tile and beach glass serving tray? It is a moderately expensive craft project that is relatively easy to complete and the finished product is both useful and aesthetically pleasing. Sound interesting? Here is what you need to know in order to make one:
Materials Needed to Create a Tile and Beach Glass Serving Tray
In order to create a tile and beach glass serving tray you will need to gather together the following materials;
1 bag grout mix
1 container sealant, silicone or water base
1 foam brush
1 protective mask
1 pair safety goggles
1 bag thin-set mortar
1 wooden paint stir
1 bag beach glass
1 box mosaic tiles, miniature
1 wooden serving tray
1 utility knife
1 tile cutter
1 soft cloth
Step 1: Preparing the Tiles and Beach Glass
Begin by measuring the serving tray to determine how many tiles and beach glass shards you will need. Mosaic tiles come attached to a paper mesh backing so once you determine how large a sheet of tile is needed you will need to make the appropriate cuts with your utility knife and tile cutter. Once you have the right size sheet of tiles, determine which tiles you want to replace with beach glass. Those individual tiles will need to be cut out of the mesh with your utility knife to make room for the beach glass.
Step 2: Applying the Thin-Set Mortar
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, prepare the thin-set mortar. The thin-set mortar is an adhesive and is what will permanently affix the tiles and beach glass to the serving tray. Spread a thin layer of the mortar on every surface that will be receiving a piece of tile or beach glass. Continue by placing and pressing the tile sheet and beach glass onto the desired, mortared areas.
Step 3: Applying the Grout
Proceed by preparing the grout mix according to manufacturer’s instructions. Due to the volatile nature of grout fumes you will want to work in a well ventilated area and use appropriate safety gear like goggles and a face mask. Once the grout is prepared, use a wooden paint stir to spread it evenly over the tile and beach glass. Care must be used to ensure that the grout gets deep into all the crevices between the tile and beach glass. Once the grout has been spread evenly, use a damp sponge to remove any excess grout from the top surfaces of the tile and beach glass. Follow behind the damp sponge with a dry towel. Do not inadvertently remove any of the grout located between the crevices. If you do accidently remove some of the grout from the crevices it must be put back in order to keep the pieces of beach glass and tile properly attached to the tray as well as provide for an even serving area. Let the mortar dry for a minimum of 24 hours before attempting to apply sealant.
Step 4: Applying the Sealant
Following manufacturer’s instructions, use the foam brush to apply the silicone or water based sealant to the grout lines and not to the tiles or beach glass. If you do inadvertently get some sealant on the tiles and beach glass, be sure to wipe it off immediately. Failure to do so may damage the look of your tile and beach glass serving tray design. Allow the sealant to dry completely before attempting to use the tray.