Great Tips for Working on 3 Dimensional Surfaces in Mosaics

October 13, 2013 5 Comments

GREAT TIPS FOR WORKING ON 3 DIMENSIONAL SURFACES IN MOSAICS

Have you ever tried working on a 3 dimensional surface, only to have the tiles & tesserae slip off or move around. This can be frustrating! To help you overcome this problem here are a few handy tips:

  • Choice of adhesive – tacky adhesives work best on 3 dimensional surfaces to hold the tesserae / tiles in place, these include cement based adhesives, liquid nails and mastic.
  • If using cement-based adhesive keep it fairly stiff to help the tesserae grip. Work on a small area at a time keeping that part of the object horizontal until the adhesive has set.
  • Temporary supports can be used on objects that can’t be laid horizontal; these include masking tape or cling wrap.
  • A fairly porous surface will accept the adhesive and grout better. Non porous materials like are more difficult to work with as they provide no grip, these materials include glass, plastic and glazed ceramic.
  • Use the shape of the object to work out where to begin, for instance if it’s a bowl start in the middle this way the pieces can’t move.

 

How to make a mosaic bowl


5 Responses

Denise Downey
Denise Downey

March 17, 2019

I did edges on a cubbie, (small wood cubes) that I stacked together and hung on the wall for towels in my bath room. I mosiced the edges, On the bottom I taped a piece of cardboard under the bottom you may use plastic or I used like a corragated plastic sign, like realators used to advertise a house for sale. So the adhesive won’t stick . Or cardboard wrapped in plastic. On the sides I used stick pins to hold in place in the middles and cardboard to keep them lined up on the sides.

Mardi
Mardi

March 14, 2015

This tip depends upon your mosaic (how big it is and whether it can be moved), but I lay the mosaic face down on a flat surface before mosaicing the rim. This give the tiles support while the adhesive is drying.

You will need to make sure that the tiles are adhered extremely well as you will run the risk of them falling off with general wear and tear. Keep some dry grout in an air tight bag just in case touch ups are required down the track.

Mard

Lea McLeod
Lea McLeod

March 14, 2015

Thanks I will try that :)

Martina
Martina

March 14, 2015

I did a table with edges and made the grout very stiff , it worked but I had to work quickly -Martina

Lea McLeod
Lea McLeod

March 14, 2015

Is there any tricks to mosaic the edge of a small round table, not the flat top but the side which is 2cm wide but vertical and l am not sure how to get them to stick and not slide off. Thanks

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