Brightly coloured and very cute, this Mosaic Gecko is great fun to make and display. It's perfect for people with some experience in mosaics or beginners that are happy to dive right in. Everything you need can be purchased in kit form, so easy!
Here are the instructions and materials you will need for creating this project.
- MDF Gecko / Lizard Shape - 30 x 26 cm's x 9 mm's
- A good clear adhesive such as Weldbond
- A selection of Coloured Iridised Glass Tiles 2cm (we've used: Purple, Orange & Lime), Glass Droplets (we've used White Iridised, Dark Blue Iridised and XL Purple Iridised), Orange Crystal Glass Mosaic Tile Irrregular
- Black Grout 400 gms
- Wheeled nippers for cutting of tiles
- Note: You can purchase all of the tiles, base, adhesive, grout plus step by step instructions in the Gecko Mosaic Kit
There will be plenty of spare tiles to allow for a few mistakes.
1. Sealing wooden gecko 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 gecko 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 Gecko
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 tiles on the body and face of the Gecko have been cut into triangles. To cut glass tiles into triangular shapes just cut the tile in half along the diagonal. You can keep making sucessive cuts until you get the desired sized triangle.
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 mosaic by removing any excess grout from the back and edges of the base. You could use a sharp implement or a Stanley knife to do this. You might also choose to paint the back of your gecko with acrylic paint to create a nice finish on the back of the mosaic.
Note: Being MDF this gecko is not waterproof. It is suitable for indoor display only.
- Safety first – use protective eye wear when nipping glass
- Never dispose of grout down the drain
- Mix grout in a disposable container for easy clean up
- We suggest that you use gloves when working with grout. While it is non-toxic it can dry out your hands.
- You will go through a few pairs whilst grouting.
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.