Not only does this project look fabulous when finished, it’s functional too. Made by <i>Craftscapes</i> host Sue Warden, this makes for a great weekend project.
By Sue Warden
1 large wooden serving tray
4 8 oz. jars plaid gallery glass stained glass inlay chips, brown and black
2 packages plaid gallery glass stained glass inlay powdered solder black
1 bottle plaid gallery glass stained glass inlay glass bonding glue
1 bottle plaid gallery glass stained glass inlay sealer
1 pair plaid gallery glass stained glass inlay glass cutters
1 plaid gallery glass stained glass inlay brush and buffer set
1 8 oz. jar plaid durable colours black paint
fine grit sandpaper
several small foam paintbrushes
protective eye wear
small disposable bowl
water for mixing solder
1. Sand the tray well. Remove any dust particles with a damp paper towel.
2. On a protected surface and using protective disposable gloves, separate the brown and black glass chips from all four jars of glass.
3. Begin creating your design by placing the chips of glass on the serving surface of the tray (below the lip). Make a pattern with the brown pieces near the centre. Surround the brown chips with black chips.
4. Once you are pleased with the design, adhere the chips to the tray, leaving a small amount of space between each chip and working as you would a puzzle. Wear protective eyewear. Use the glass cutters to cut pieces to fit in smaller areas. To adhere the chips, lift one at a time and place a small amount of glue on the tray using a small foam paintbrush. Place the chip on top of the glue. Move to the next piece and so on until you are finished.
5. Repeat the same process, using brown chips to cover the inside lip of the tray. Allow the glue to dry overnight. Wash the paintbrush thoroughly to remove all the glue, and blot it dry on paper towel.
6. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the powdered solder slightly thicker than pancake batter consistency (about one part water to three parts solder is recommended).
7. Using a foam paintbrush, begin applying the solder to the tray, filling in all the gaps between the glass chips. Repeat the same process up the inside lip of the tray. Allow the solder to "set up" for approximately half an hour.
8. Dampen the sponge and remove all excess water. Gently sponge across the glass chips, cleaning the sponge out often, to remove the solder on the top of the chips. Once the solder is removed, allow the tray to dry for 24 to 48 hours.
9. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, use the brush to apply a coat of the sealer over the glass inlay design. If desired, apply a second coat after the first has dried. Allow the second coat to dry completely. Wash the brush and blot it dry on paper towel.
10. Use the buffer to remove the sealer from the top of the glass chips.
11. Using a small foam paintbrush, apply a coat of the black Durable Colours paint to the edges, sides and bottom of the tray. Allow the paint to dry completely, sand lightly, remove any dust particles, and apply a second coat of paint. Allow all paint to dry thoroughly. Wash the paintbrush and blot it dry on paper towel.