This project is for anyone that loves bling and combining lots of different materials to create texture and interest. It's a really simple project, the variety of shapes of the decorative embellishments means that not a lot of cutting is required.
Photo frame - I have brought this one from a local homeware store, the boarders are a great way to frame your mosaic.
- Weldbond Adhesive 60ml
- Black grout
- A selection of materials, included in this project are:
- A selection of Silver flower shaped decorative embellishments
- Ivory leaf shapes
- Natural Howlite Butterflies
- Silver Bees
- Silver Affirmation words
- A selection of green and blue metallic glass tiles and mirrors
- Paint brush - for applying adhesive (optional)
- Masking tape
- Glass Mosaic Cutters
- Gloves, containers, rags or sponge for grouting
1. Sealing wooden mirror base
This is an indoor project that is not suitable for areas where it will be exposed to moisture or water, as it is not waterproof. As wood is porous the mirror base needs to be sealed before tiling. A mixture of Weldbond adhesive & water can be used as the sealer in a ratio of 1 part Weld bond to 5 parts water, apply two coats allowing each coat to dry thoroughly (30 minutes to 1 hour). Coat the area where you will be tiling by using a paint brush.
2. Tiling the Face of the Mirror
The Weldbond adhesive can be applied either directly to the mirror base or painted individually onto the back of the tiles. By far the quickest method is to paint the adhesive onto the mirror base. When using this method apply to small sections at a time to avoid the adhesive drying out. When the tiles have been laid allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours before applying the grout. Run you hand over the tiles to ensure they are all firmly adhered before grouting. If any are loose, remove them and re-adhere.
I started laying the tiles in the bottom section, working the decorative embellishments so as to reduce the amount of space between the pieces. Where the spaces where too large I them used the green metallic and mirror tiles to fill them, these tiles where cut into irregular shaped pieces to fit the space. The differing shades of blue and green metallic and mirror tiles creates the lovely background.
3. Grouting Time
When grouting a piece like this you need to protect the surrounding area, for this I use masking tape. For more information on the grouting process click here.
When selecting your grout buy grout that is suitable for use in spaces of between 1-3mm. This grout is much smoother than grout that is suitable for larger gaps. This is important to ensure that you don't damage the silver embellishment by scratching their surface.
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