Step 1: Collect Cans and Plastic Jars
Plastic jars? Yep, I found that they work fine and fill the need very well! Who'd have thought that you can utilize plastic containers in this manner? I wasn't so sure at first, but so far, it seems to be very doable.
Step 2: Other Materials and Tools
To complete these projects, I used three different adhesives to attach pebbles, glass baubles, broken tiles, etc. First was regular thin set, a mortar like material for setting tiles; 2: Tile adhesive, which accomplishes the same thing, but is a latex product, ready to use, and 3: A product called Flexall. This is a filler type agent to use for filling gaps, holes, etc in various materials. It seems very similar to the tile adhesive, and it worked exceptionally well. the usual trowls, sponge, mixing containers, a paint brush, hammer, etc.
Step 3: First Pebble Can
Here I've shown the first can I did. On this can I used tile adhesive and applied the stones directly onto the adhesive. I cover all steps later on.
Step 4: Second Pebble Can
On this can, I wanted a larger circumference than the can itself, so came up with a method to apply a thicker coating of material. Basically, I first glued some broken pieces of tile onto the can. Around these pieces, I applied chicken wire, much as you would in lath and plaster work. Then, the tile set mortar was applied to this supporting grid of wire, and allowed to dry. A second coat of black sanded grout was then spread over all the surface and smoothed out with a damp sponge. This gave a very smooth, uniform exterior coating to which I would then attach the tile pieces. To do this, I used regular tile adhesive. Then, the tiles are applied, the piece is allowed to cure at least over night, then the tiles can be grouted.