Midwest Products 901-11455 Stepping Stone, 12 Inches, Multi-Color
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- Milestones Stepping Stones are the perfect decoration for your garden, yard, flower bed, or walk path
- Spend quality time with your kids or grandkids; create a beautiful decoration that will last for years to come
- Easy to follow step-by-step instructions guide you through the hands-on activity
- Each kit makes one 12 inch leaf shaped stepping stone; ideal for a Mother's day or Father's day gift
- Kit includes 7 lb bag of Stepping Stone Mix, one 12 inch reusable plastic leaf mold, 12 oz mosaic glass, 2 oz glass gems, letter and number stamps, wooden mixing paddle, and writing tool; glass and gem colors may vary
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Milestones Stepping Stone kits are the perfect way to spend quality time with your kids or grandkids. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions guide you through the hands-on activity. Each kit makes one decrative stepping stone. Stepping stones make great gifts for Mother's day or Father's day. Milestones Stepping Stones are the perfect decoration for your garden, yard, flower bed, or walk path. Glass colors may vary.
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That's my big grievance with the kit, that aside... it went really well. I sprayed the mold with nonstick spray. I finished the glass to get all the dust off of it from the bag. When it came time to do the letters I had no issue not making the square indentations from the stamps. You simply don't press them down so far so the base goes into the cement, not sure what people expected to happen when doing them. I think it turned out great. I did use more water then 2 cups to get it to where it was spreadable, then I used the edge of a paper towel to dot everywhere water pooled up, it wasn't much. Use a bucket from the dollar store to mix it in, and mix it outside of your home because of the dust. Hope this helps!
I have attached a photo of the instructions, what the plaster consistency should look like, and our finished project (still in tray mold). To mix the plaster, dump the mix in and add about 2 cups of water all at once and stir with the stir stick. Keep adding water by teaspoon and mixing until it's the consistency of brownie batter. Then dump it into the leaf mold tray. We found that we must've added a little too much water because when we first tried to do her handprint, the plaster wouldn't hold the impression well. If you add too much water, take a paper towel and press it gently on top to absorb some of the excess water. We had to do this twice before the impression would stick. You'll have to use a putty knife to smooth the plaster before doing your impression and then again to smooth around it.To add the glass pieces/gems, just gently press them into the plaster just below the surface so they'll hold when the plaster hardens. You'll want to wait about an hour before you stamp the letters so the plaster is more conducive to it. It will need to harden overnight before you gently remove it from the tray.
Overall, I felt the project was quite easy, water consistency aside, and was fun to do together. You will not receive as many colorful pieces of glass as you see in the product photo. We received plenty of pieces, but they were mostly the same blue, green, yellow, orange, and white hues throughout, so I do wish more colored pieces had been included like the image shown. The stamps also left rectangular impressions around the letters that I couldn't smooth out. For the price, it makes a beautiful craft and would be a great Mother's Day gift. The quality of the finished stone is beautiful and won't break easily taking it out of the tray and seems able to withstand weather in the garden.
It takes a little longer to dry and decorate this way, but the stone seems to be more solid as a result. The first step we made, mixed with just 2 cups of water, was mixed in a plastic container and it went into the mold in a clumpy mess. Most of the mix stayed in the mixing container, despite our efforts to transfer it to the mold with the mixing stick, and that step broke after drying.
We fixed it with quikcrete, and re-applied stones where necessary with E-6000. I recommend mixing the concrete in the mold, if your kids can't wait a little while for the extra water to dry enough for decorating.
These are my only let downs:
1. Don't expect the glass chips to be colorful as shown on the packaging - they just give you a few colors i.e. green (lots of that), sand (lots of that too), black (just a couple). So you can imagine it's not going to be colorful at all. Just basic colors.
2. The glass stones are just plain green - 1 color. Not like the colorful glass stones shown on the packaging.
3. Once the stone hardened, it has a textured surface, not icing smooth as shown on the packaging
If you don't mind any of the above, then get it. My favorite moment was pushing the stones and glass pieces into the clay.
The stenciling was great too!
Tip: Make sure the clay is hardened enough before you stencil otherwise the letters will be runny, not sharply defined.
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