Materials you will need:
1. 3-4 pieces of 12x12 inch Slate Tiles (or any other ceramic or stone tile) Preperably something that is safe for bathrooms so it doesn't absorb too much water.
2. Tile adhesive. I prefer a high stick wall adhesive similar to OmniGrip. You only need a little bit so the smallest container you can find.
3. Tabletop fountain pump. (Mine cost $10.00 from a garden store)
4. silicone caulking.
5. (optional) Water sealant for tile. You only need this if your tile absorbs moisture over time. Slate and some stone tile do absorb moisture.
Equipment you will need:
Wet Tile Saw
Step 1: Determine the Size of Your Fountain Base.
For this example we will be creating a 8x8 inch base with an 9 inch top. This allows about 1 inch overhang over the base.
To build the base is pretty simple.
1. Using a wet tile saw, cut the 12x12 tile down to 8x8 inches.
2. Cut two 8x2 inch stripes from the remaining 4x8.
3. You can take the two 2x8 pieces and place them on the 8x8. Using a pencil and either a scrape piece of tile or a new tile, measure the size of the tile to finish the box. It should be 8 inches minus the width of 2 tiles. Mine was 7 1/2 inches. So I cut two 2x7 1/2 inch tiles.
3a. If you chose, you can cut a little notch into one of the side walls. This hole will be used to feed the pump into the unit so that it can't be seen. Keep in mind, you will have to seal it so will make it almost impossible to replace the pump if it breaks down.
4. Assemble the 5 pieces to make a slate box.
5. Use Tile adhesive to bond the pieces together. I am pretty liberal with the adhesive. Once it has set for a few minutes, I come back with a damp cloth and clean up the edges.
Step 2: Creating the Overhang for Your Base.
You don't need to do an overhang, but it gives a nice finish to the base unit and it hides the adhesive we will use to glue the base. To make the overhang you need to cut a tile so that there is a square in the middle. Now I'm sure you can somehow cut the center out without cutting the tile in two, but I'm taking the easy way out.
What you want is a hole that is smaller the the base about 1/2 inch to keep the look of the base very clean. I usually do the overhang about 1 1/2 inches.
1. To cut the overhang on a wet saw you start with a tile and cut it down to the base size (8x8 inches) + 1 inch (ie 9x9).
2. You then cut the square into 2 equal triangles.
3. Finally you cut two smaller triangles into the bigger triangle. the size of the triangle should be the size of your base unit (8x8) minus 1/2 to 1 inch. In my case I did 3/4 of an inch.
Step 3: Building the Tower.
Once the adhesive is dry you can use some grout to hide any adhesive is showing. If you don't have grout, you can use a black permanent marker to darken any white adhesive to hide it.
Step 4: Making the Top of the Tower.
Step 5: Assembling the Whole Thing.