Tips on how to mosaic stair risers utilizing plexiglass

These mosaic stair risers on Plexiglass add shade and curiosity to our house. Butterflies, dragonflies, snails, birds, and fairy faces peek from the forest. Fish leap within the stream.

Youngsters love these stairs. When a two-year-old comes to go to, he’s instantly drawn to the steps and crawls up, pausing on every step to fastidiously hint the creatures together with his finger as his mom hovers behind him. I floor, tumbled or in any other case smoothed every bit in order that there are not any sharp edges.

I used stained glass, damaged plates, items of knickknack and glass globs. There are bits of costume jewellery all through, together with particular plate rims that function faces that appear to be fairies and woodland elves. The colours are blue, purple, inexperienced, brown, cream, and some vibrant accent colours. My finest good friend’s damaged earring, a hyperlink of one other good friend’s grandmother’s necklace, my mother’s pendant; all this stuff and extra are included within the forest.

There are 16 stair risers and they aren’t precisely the identical dimension. Some are 7″ in peak, some are 6 3/4″ and a few are 6 1/4″. Thank my fortunate stars that I measured greater than only one earlier than I had the Plexiglass lower! I’d advise you to measure each, and examine your measurements, after which examine as soon as extra earlier than you’ve the Plexiglass lower.

I had Lowes lower 1/4″ Plexiglass within the dimension and form of every riser, and I mosaiced each sitting comfortably on the kitchen desk.

I first drilled a gap on every finish of every rectangle earlier than I started to attach. I grouted and sealed earlier than I put in every bit with small screws. Proper after I grouted, I caught a toothpick into the screw gap and cleaned out the grout. The screws have been a pale brown shade and simply occurred to mix completely with the grout, so I did not even trouble to cowl or paint over the screw heads.

Alhough the 1/4″ Plexiglass is hefty, it nonetheless has a tiny little bit of flex and with grout, we do not need any flex in our substrate since that can trigger cracks. I figured that I might restore them after set up; it might nonetheless be a lot simpler than grouting in situ! Fortuitously, there have been no cracks. Over 4 years later, they’re holding up completely; nonetheless no cracks.

These stair risers are detachable; they’re rectangle items of Plexiglass, mounted to the entrance of every stair riser with two screws. I might have used the tactic of mosaic onto mesh, however I’d have needed to grout in place, a frightening job, and they might not have been detachable.

Use this similar technique to make a mosaic backsplash! A lot simpler than working straight on the wall behind the range or sink — and you may take it with you if you transfer if you want; simply restore two small holes within the wall — or you possibly can take it down and change it with one other in case your d├ęcor adjustments. You should utilize Plexiglass, Wedi board, or different backer board.

If we moved away, we might unscrew the risers and take them with us. I can envision them put in on a wall as a chunk of artwork. Should you go to my weblog,, you possibly can view the work in progress. Go to the oldest posts on the weblog.

Generally it’s extra applicable to mosaic onto mesh and I’ve written an article about that right here:

We bought many books with regards to mosaics, and one stands out, Elaine M. Goodwin’s Basic Mosaic (see hyperlink beneath). It’s a fantastic reference guide to have.