Dress up your garden with unique and colorful stepping stones.
Colorant allows you to create custom color cement, marbled cement or watercolor effects to accent your design.
Stepping Stone Mold
Glass or Pre-cut Glass Design
Contact Paper (Sandblast Resist)
Non-stick spray (cooking oil spray) or Petroleum Jelly
Basic Glass Cutting Tools
Respirator mask, gloves and safety glasses
1. Before you begin, gather all tools and supplies. Select a work surface that is sturdy and level. Delphi Tip: Cover your work area with newspaper or craft paper to make clean up a snap.
2. Trace or measure your mold. Resize your pattern to fit within the mold with at least 1/4" border space between edge of glass and edge of mold.
3. Cut contact paper to fit bottom of mold and set aside.
4. Cut glass to form your central motif following your resized pattern. We have used a panda design, download the free pattern. Grind and smooth edges of glass pieces to fit pattern. Be sure your design leaves space between glass pieces to allow for cement. If you prefer, a pre-cut glass design can be substituted, or you can arrange mosaic tile to create a custom design.
5. Use non-stick spray or petroleum jelly to coat the inside of the mold as a release (like greasing a cake pan). Wipe away any excess release with a paper towel or soft cloth.
6. Remove backing from resist and position in bottom of mold with adhesive side up.
7. Carefully place glass or tile pieces face-down on the contact paper following your design. Remember, your pattern will be reversed.
8. Wearing the appropriate safety equipment, mix the cement and water together to get an even consistency. For proper measurements for mixing refer to the measurement chart(s) supplied on the cement and colorants.
9. Separately stir a small amount of mixed cement with the desired amount of colorant into a container for each color you wish to use.
10. Empty the newly created colors back into the larger uncolored mix and gently swirl together until you're satisfied with the effect (be careful not to over-mix).
11. Slowly and evenly pour cement into mold. Lightly tap along the outside of the mold to release any air bubbles and let the cement settle flat. DO NOT MOVE MOLD WHILE CEMENT IS DRYING.
12. Allow stone to rest undisturbed for at least 5 hours. Once stone has dried, remove it from the mold, carefully peel off the contact paper and clean off any smudged cement on the glass with wet a sponge, scouring pad or scraping tool.