personally, love doing mosaic work. It can be used in so many ways. It does not have to be the typical tile on the wall and floor stuff.
You can do mosaic in paper, material, tiles, glass, mirror, shells, stone, buttons, old broken china, jewelry parts, pearls, etc, etc. It can be something you f
and hang on the wall.
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- A work surface, floor, wall, table top, a slab of plywood, flower pot, small trash container. a small trivet???
- Gather your tiles, glass and other objects
- A hammer,
- a tile nippers ,
- glass cutter,
- eye goggles
- heavy duty rubber gloves
- other assortment of tools from the junk drawer
- Sponges, rags, dust brush.
- Water handily near by
- Adhesive, Clear if doing on glass. Match your adhesive to your other materials
- Adhesive spreader, spatula, palette knife, wooden sticks, toothpicks
- Grout (grout can be color stained)
- Grout spreader scrapers, heavy rubber gloves are great for apply and spreading the grout, a face mask is not a bad idea,
here are a number of important things to consider.
- What are you doing your mosaic on; be sure it is strong enough to handle what you will be applying.
- You can work on the floor, the wall and on furniture. Consider if it will be hung and how will it be hung.
- Give thought to whether it can or needs to be transparent, (ie. like a glass top patio table, or a piece of glass you plan to hand in a
window). Think these things out before you start.
- Do the pieces need to be broken or reshaped? You may need a tile trimmer.
- Clean surface, no dirt, oil, grease, etc.
- Clean your tiles and glass before breaking up
- Read instructions on your adhesive and follow instructions
- Pattern design can be transferred to your work surface with a free hand sketch or with carbon/graphic paper. I always make sure I have
a paper copy of my pattern before I start so I know I like it.
- Large patterns can be applied with a pounce wheel and chalk. (a wheel that punches holes in your pattern so you can dust the holes with chalk or
to get an outline of your pattern on your LARGE surface.
- Play with the tiles before you glue them down and be sure you like what you are doing before you glue.
- You can cut and nip the pieces to get them shaped correctly for your pattern.
- Black and dark colors can separate your other colors
- Warm and strong colors will come forward in viewing and cool, muted colors will recede.
- Let glue dry, follow instructions on product.
- Grout pieces using the grout your selected. Work it into the pieces with a sponge, your hands and any scrapers you have handy.
Be sure all spaces are filled. Using your sponge and rags, rub it well and remove excess grout as that will help later clean up.
- After grout has set up a little, re-sponge with a damp sponge to remove excess grout. It this is removing any space grout stop and
let it dry some more. I like getting it as clean as I can before the grout sets up.
- Finish cleaning the piece with some damp sponges and rags.
- Most mosaic work will need to be sealed against moisture and pollutions and the sealer will also bring up the colors on your work.
Now you can admire your work and plan your next piece. Remember this project can be something small and something very, very large. It makes a great gift
with little investment. And you already have extra adhesive, grout and sealer.
Do your mosaic work inside a mold onto a sticky contact paper. The front of the tile is down . Be sure to leave some space between the pieces.
Add a fine grout (or concrete with no gravel) about ½ inch thick. And then finish with regular concrete. Let it set for about 3 days and gently turn over and
mosaic work, remove contact paper and clean any bleed through grout and let finish drying. It is still wet as long as it feels cold to the touch.
(I often put a layer of chicken wire between the two concrete layers for adding strength.
Great for stepping stone or a way to mark your flower and garden sections.
NOTE: If using for stepping stones I would suggest that you do not make the pattern a total coverage of glass and tile, as it can be really, really, slick in your
I found that out the hard way.