With summer holidays in full swing now is the perfect time to create beautiful pieces of mosaic artwork for your home. This lovely mosaic butterfly is stunning yet simple to create, made with iridised glass tiles that shimmer in the light creating a rainbow of colour.
Here are the instructions and materials you will need for creating this project.
- MDF Butterfly Shape - 35 x 18 cm's x 9 mm's
- Acrylic paint to paint the face and sides of the photo frame
- A good clear adhesive such as Weldbond
- A selection of Coloured Glass Tiles 2cm & Coloured Iridised Glass Tiles 2cm - 4 different colours
- 2 x Packets of Silver Ripple Mirror Tiles - 1 cm
- 12 x XL Glass Droplets
- Glass Droplets - 2 different colours
- Black grout
- Wheeled nippers for cutting of tiles
Note: You can purchase all of the tiles, base, adhesive, grout plus step by step instructions in the Festive Mosaic Butterfly Kit.
There will be plenty of spare tiles to allow for a few mistakes.
1. Sealing wooden butterfly 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 butterfly 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).
2. Tiling the Face of the Butterfly
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 base. When using this method apply to small sections at a time to avoid the adhesive drying out.
The design was created using a variety of different cuts:
Cut the tiles in half to make rectangles
Cut the rectangles into quarters to make squares
Cut the tiles diagonally to make triangles, cut again to make small triangles
Curve the small squares around the glass droplets to create curved line designs
The Silver Ripple 1cm mirrors on the outside of the butterfly have been kept whole; the body of the butterfly has been created by cutting these mirrors into random shapes.
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.
3. Grouting Time
4. 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 butterfly with acrylic paint to create a nice finish on the back of the mosaic.
Note: Being MDF this butterfly is not waterproof. It is suitable for indoor display only.
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.