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In the first article http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-3D-Garden-Stones/ we did a 3D Frog, in this article we are going to use a different and simpler method more suited for younger children to create a Dragonfly Stone. Since children's attention spans are short this method will be much faster to make but will require a longer drying time.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

7 lbs. of fine cement mix
2 cups of water
12 inch round or hex shaped plastic mold
1 lb. Multi colored bits of glass or Mosaic pieces
White Mosaic pieces (enough to make the dragonfly)
An old wooden spoon (you don't want to reuse)
A cut out pattern to fit inside the frame
An old bucket
A Sturdy Board larger than your mold
An old Toothbrush
A Flathead Screwdriver

Step 2: Pattern Piece

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Cut your pattern piece out and set aside.

Step 3: Mix Medium

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Pour dry cement mix into bucket, add water and stir well. Because I will be laying the Mosaic pieces in place instead of gluing them as I did with the frog I used extra water to extend the setting time.

Pour all of the wet mixture into the mold. Use the back of the spoon to smooth the mixture out as much as possible then lift the board and slap or bounce it on your workspace many times to release air bubbles.

Step 4:

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Place your pattern piece in its desired location on top of the wet mixture.

Begin setting Mosaic or Glass pieces on top around the edges of the pattern and gently press them into the mixture until they are level with it.

If you press a piece in too far, lift it out and wiggle the mold to smooth the area then try again. Dont be concerned if the wet mixture gets on the Mosaic pieces or pattern we will clean it up later on.

Work the rest of your Mosaic pieces in place from the center outward. Leave space between the Mosaic pieces and the outer edge.

Lay a paper towel on top and allow it to absorb excess water.

Step 5: Remove Pattern Piece

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Gently lift the pattern piece to expose the Dragonfly outline underneath.
adgreen38304 years ago
Where did you get the mold?
DebsCrochet5 years ago
Deb, that is beautiful
DebH57 (author)  DebsCrochet5 years ago
Thanks so much Deb.
Deewheat5 years ago
Very pretty!
im4tooele5 years ago
That's pretty!
hsmomof25 years ago
I love the dragonfly in this, so now I have to check out the frog.
chauntee25 years ago
Oh that sounds so fun:)
juvinurse5 years ago
This would be a great project for the summer.
mcglen5 years ago
When you say "fine cement mix," what do you mean? What exactly do you use?
DebH57 (author)  mcglen5 years ago
Cement comes in various grades the finer the grade the nicer and smoother your stone comes out.
mcglen DebH575 years ago
I tried Quikcrete Rapid Set and did not like the result--too gray. I'm going to try Portland cement next, I think.
DebH57 (author)  mcglen5 years ago
You can add colorants to the cement and achieve any color you like.
Bratillia5 years ago
This is very pretty
DebH57 (author)  Bratillia5 years ago
Thank you
aunty5 years ago
This is just lovely my dear.
DebH57 (author)  aunty5 years ago
Thank you Aunty
BettyBoop15 years ago
This is just lovely, looks very easy to make too.
DebH57 (author)  BettyBoop15 years ago
Thanks Betty. It's very easy to do but does require days of drying time.
Why can't I find a button to vote???? I want to give it 10/10 . i see "Rating" Who is rating it???
DebH57 (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
There won't be any vote buttons until towards the end of he contest Lynn. Right now you can only comment and use the stars to give a rating.
Deb, this is absolutely beautiful. I have seen some that people have made and well....they always look tacky. Not yours. Wow
DebH57 (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
Thanks Lynn.
This is so pretty but I don't think I would have the patience to put all those little piecees in.
DebH57 (author)  AmazingGracie5 years ago
Never say never Grace you should give it a shot.
CAWildWoman5 years ago
This is just beautiful Deb you are so talented.
DebH57 (author)  CAWildWoman5 years ago
Thank you
bethmez5 years ago
Very pretty - hopefully I can find the time soon to try this
DebH57 (author)  bethmez5 years ago
I hope so too, it doesn't take a lot of time per say, just a lot of drying time.