Mosaics is a not only an enjoyable creative pursuit, but also a fantastic way to decorate your home. Getting started is this craft can sometimes feel daunting; what adhesives do I use and how do I learn how to grout, are some of the uncertainties that exist. Fortunately Mosaic Kits is an easy way to get started, all of the materials are supplied, the design is created for you and you have step by step detailed instructions to follow.
Here are two fantastic mirror designs, that are available in starter kits. Both involved no cutting of tiles, so they are the perfect instruction for beginners.
- 1 x 29.5 cm Wooden Square Mirror Base
- 1 x Weldbond 60 ml adhesive
- 1 x Dark Beige Grout
Red & Orange Mirror
- 2 x Orange 2 cm Crystal Glass Tiles
- 2 x Red 2 cm Crystal Glass Tiles
- 2 x Red 1 cm Crystal Glass Tiles
- 2 x Orange 1 cm Crystal Glass Tiles
Black & White Mirror
- 2 x Black 2 cm Crystal Glass Tiles
- 2 x White 2 cm Crystal Glass Tiles
- 2 x Black 1 cm Crystal Glass Tiles
- 2 x White 1 cm Crystal Glass Tiles
No cutting is required with this project.
There are plenty of spare tiles to allow for a few mistakes.
Create these mirrors easily with a Contemporary Mosaic Mirror Kit. These beautiful kits contain all the materials & instructions you will need to complete the mirror. At 10% off the price of purchasing the items separately they are great value!
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 MDF 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 Weldbond to 5 parts water, apply two coats allowing each coat to dry thoroughly (30 minutes to 1 hour).
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.
The face of the mirror is created using the following design:
Starting on the outside edge of the mirror base tile using the 2 cm and 1 cm red crystal glass tiles. Gradually introduce the orange crystal glass tiles in successive rows until you have reached the inside edge of the mirror where all orange tiles are used. It is important to ensure you tiles are kept in alignment, completing one side of the mirror at a time is the best way to achieve this.
3. Tiling the Side of the Mirror
The side of this mirror is tiled with randomly laid 1cm Red & Orange crystal glass tiles.
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.
4. Grouting Time
5. Finishing of your Mosaic
Once the grout has dried (24 hours) clean your mirror removing any excess grout from the back and inside edges of the mirror base. You could use a sharp implement or a Stanley knife to do this. You might also choose to paint the back of your mirror.
Legal Disclaimer: No warranty is implied by these instructions. Use at your own risk. The Mosaic Store and its proprietors are not responsible for the results of any actions taken on the basis of this information, nor for any omission in the advice. Please wear appropriate safety equipment when cutting mosaic materials and using grouts and adhesives. Keep out of reach of children.