- Glass , Plastic, Ceramic or Metal Vase
- Glass/ Plastic, Ceramic or Metal basin
- Silicone (waterproof indoor/outdoor clear) or E6000 glue
- Tabletop Fountain Pump
- Metal or Plastic raised leg candlestick holder Magic Marker *Sophisticated Finishes –metal paint (I used Copper on vase and appliques for bowl and Blonde Bronze on bowl)
- Black flat spray paint (For metal or plastic)
- Spray indoor/outdoor gloss sealer (or Sophisticated Finishes Sealer)
- Dremel or Rotary Tool, Diamond Bit and basic Metal bit.
- Safety Glasses
- Foam and craft paint brushes
OPTIONAL MATERIALS (for Mosaic):
- Mosaic Tiles
- Seed Beads
- Mosaic Grout
- Mosaic Grout Sealer
- Wood Appliques (I painted and silicone to bowl edge)
OPTIONAL TOOLS (for Mosaic):
- Grout Float
- Tile scorer and Cutter (note I used Pliers to snap apart)
To make Fountain I used a glass vase, copper candlestick holder and a metal bowl that I had on hand.
Step 2. Using rotary tool and glass bit slowly, applying gentle even pressure drill out hole in vase for pump hose (pour water over bit and vase every 5 minutes or so to keep bit from overheating and glass from shattering.
Step 4 .Wash and dry thoroughly.
Step 6 Using foam or good brush apply Sophisticated Finishes to vase and bowl (again paint bowl inside and out), let dry 1 hr. then apply a second coat
At this point you can do a mosaic design on front of vase and bowl if desired or skip ahead to steps 7 thru 12.
(I used old mirror tiled Christmas ornaments had on hand --one’s where most tiles were coming off.
I raided my seed bead stash, but you can use old pieces of beaded jewelry, Or you can use seed bead jewelry from Thrift store, just cut apart to get beads.)
Step 1. Draw (or trace) design with magic marker on vase.
Step 2. Using silicone and a toothpick lay down silicone a 1/2 an inch at a time on outline. Use tweezers to place and slightly space seed beads, gently press beads into glue. After silicone dries check beads to make sure firmly on, re-glue any loose ones.
Step. 3. For fill in break or cut tiles to fit in areas, lay down silicone and place tiles and beads into background with tweezers,gently pressing into glue. Again after glue has dried check they are securely in and re-glue any loose one’s.
Step 4. Apply Mosaic grout per instructions on product.
Step 5. After grout has dried 24 hours apply grout sealer (2 coats)
Step 7. Apply spray gloss sealer to vase, bowl (again inside and out on bowl) and candlestick holder, let dry.
Step 8. Apply a generous layer of silicone to rim of candlestick holder and press firmly into vase, make sure vase is straight and leave to dry.
Step 11. I poured pebbles in to help hide pump.
Step 12. Fill bowl with water to cover pump, plug in and enjoy.
Very Happy with the way it turned out.
(I purchased the pump for 17.00 from Lowes, pebbles (2 bags) from Dollar store and the Mosaic Grout and Sealer from Hobby Lobby for 6.00 ea.. So my total cost was $31.00. Everything else I had on hand and I will be using the pump for my holiday fountains also.
· * Sophisticated Finishes is the key to getting a realistic metal finish. It is not so much a paint but finely ground metal in a bonder ( ie. copper or whatever metal finish using)
· * Sealer is important unless you want your fountain to age being in water, as the metal “paint” will react and age with exposure to water just like an actual piece of metal.
Sheri Farley on Jul 13, 2018
I sure will! You can actually make anything into a water feature as long as it holds water!
Joni on Dec 14, 2018
Hi, I really loved your water feature and your tutorial, the way you explained each step made it easy to understand, thank you. I would love to try something similar one day And I will have another reason now for digging around in the charity shops, looking for the perfect pieces that will end up as my own water feature. Thank you again you are an inspiration. Joni