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Mandolin Mosaics

Materials: Grout, disposable gloves & containers, dense sponge (like one used to wash your car), water, spoon, paper towels.

1. Using pre-colored sanded grout, follow the instructions on the package. You'll want to put your grout in a disposable container, then add a small amount of water until you mix it & it's a thick mud-like consistency. If you accidentally add too much water, just add more grout & keep mixing. Once your grout is mixed to the correct consistency, you can not add more water to it later if it begins to harden. So, mix smaller batches if you think grouting may take you some time. *NOTE- Never get grout down your sink!!


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2. Apply the grout with your sponge, or your fingers. If you must use your fingers, please be careful! These gloves will tear easily. If you've used a lot of beads or delicate tesserae, gently press the grout into the grout lines, or even use a cake decorator to apply your grout. If you use a sponge, make sure it's a slightly damp one... you don't want it to suck up the moisture in your grout. Once you have covered your entire piece and filled all of the spaces, wipe off the excess using your gloved hands or your sponge. If you use your sponge, ring all the water out well between cleanings! You don't want to add any extra water to your grout.  After you do this you are going to let it sit for 15-20 minutes or until the grout become hazy on the piece.

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3. After 15-20 minutes, start cleaning your piece with a very slightly dampened sponge. You'll clean off what you can, and then let your piece sit for another 15 minutes. Head back in after that and clean again... then let it sit once more. When you go back to your piece the 3rd time, you can use a dry cloth to remove the remaining residue and grout. If you don't clean it off now, it will be much harder to do so later.

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You're done! If you decide you want to seal your piece, use a Penetrating Grout Sealer, which you can purchase in a small spray bottle at your local hardware store.