With Christmas now only 4 week's away we are all looking for special gifts to give loved ones. This week's project is a beautiful Mosaic Picture Frame, a quick & beautiful gift that can be admired for years to come.
- Photo frame
- A Selection of tiles & materials, I have used: White irregular crystal glass tiles, metal beads - round & square, Mixed Jewelled Cabochons - Circles, Faceted Black Glass Cabochons
- Adhesive - A cement based adhesive
- Tweezers - for laying the more intricate pieces
- Light grey grout
- Paint brush - for applying adhesive (optional)
- Masking tape
- Gloves, containers, rags or sponge for grouting
- 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.
- Tiling the Face of the Mirror
Start by applying the Decorative Jewelled Embellishments. To adhere the embellishments and give them some extra height I butter the back of the embellishment with cement based adhesive and gently position them on the base.
To create the decorative circles around the embellishments I have used small metal beads. Beads are quite thin so to build up height I have laid two beads on top of each other, using a clear drying PVA adhesive to adhere them together.
White Crystal Glass Mosaic Tiles Irregular have then been laid around the decorative pieces.
On the sides of the photo frame I have laid metal beads.
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.
- Grouting Time
When grouting a piece like this you need to protect the Decorative Jewelled Embellishment, for this I use masking tape.
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.