How to Make a Mosaic Mirror

October 17, 2012

how to make a mosaic mirror

Mosaic Mirrors are a great way to decorate your home and also make lovely gifts. This mosaic mirror has been designed for those amongst you that are just starting out in mosaics and want a relatively simple yet decorative project to complete.

Project Instructions

 

Materials List
  • Small round mirror
  • Dark cream venetian tiles 2 cm x 1 packet
  • Light blue venetian tiles 2 cm x 1 packet
  • Dark slate venetian tiles 2 cm x 2 packets
  • Slate venetian tiles 2 cm x 1 packet
  • Cream venetian tiles 2 cm x 1 packet
  • Sky blue venetian tiles 2 cm x 1 packet
  • Grey grout
  • Weldbond adhesive
  • Two wheeled tile nippers
  • Disposable containers, latex gloves, safety glasses, stirring tool
  • Compass (for drawing circles)
Directions
 
  1. Seal your mirror.
A common sealant is PVA or Weldbond glue diluted in water (1 part PVA glue to 4 parts water). Apply 3 coats, allowing half an hour between coats and 24 hours before mosaicing.
 
  1. Draw your design onto the mirror
The design is created using concentric circles, which have been drawn with a compass.
 
  1. Cut and lay your tiles
  • Two different tiles shapes have been used for this project. The squares are made simply by cutting a 2 cm tile into half and half again. Whereas the triangles are made by cutting a square 2 cm tile in half along the diagonal and half again. Dark slate venetian glass tiles have been used on the rim of the mirror, you may need to cut them to size depending upon the thickness of your mirror base.
  • Weldbond glue was used to adhere the tiles to the mirror base.
  • Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to cure completely.
 
  1. Grout your mirror
  • Grey grout for this project. Cover your mosaic in grout, clean off any excess and wait for a grout haze to develop. Use a soft cloth to buff the tiles and remove any excess grout. Grout the inside circle as the mirror is reflective.
  • Aÿgrout additive was added to the grout as it increase its flexibility and reduce the porosity and staining of the grout (ratio of 1:1 with water). White vinegar can be used to remove any grout haze. Allow 24 hours for the mosaic piece to dry thoroughly.

Tips:

  • Safety first - use protective eye wear when nipping glass
  • Never dispose grout down the drain
  • Mix grout in a disposable container for easy clean up
  • Mix enough grout to complete the entire project

    beginners mosaic mirror project

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