How to Make a Mosaic Mirror Using Mastic

June 23, 2014


This mirror was made using mastic adhesive and no grout and its all about creating texture. Here's some information to get you started on creating your own mirror:

 mastic used to create a mosaic mirror



  • Mastic is a very sticky / tacky adhesive that is usually used to stick tiles to vertical surfaces.
  • It is suitable for use for indoor areas only that aren't exposed to moisture.
  • It's thick consistency allows you to build-up for use with materials of different thicknesses.
  • When applying it to a surface you want to create a bed for your tesserae to sit in. Be careful, apply the mastic too thin and your tesserae will fall off. Apply too much mastic and your tesserae will be swallowed up in thick mucky goo. You should aim for you adhesive bed to be about 1/3 of the size of your thickest piece of tesserae.
  • Don't push your tesserae down into the mastic; rather place them gently in the adhesive bed.
  • Apply mastic with a pallet knife (I used a fid which is a tool used in making stained glass to apply the mastic).
  • Mastic typically comes in a white powered form that can be tinted with grout colourant. Laticrete make a powered mastic that can be used for indoor applications.
  • As allows follow manufacturers instructions.

Mosaic materials used to make this mirror: beads and findings, stained glass, mirror and van gogh tiles and millefiori.

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, or 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. This project is copyrighted and is made available for personal use only. Please ask permission if you wish to copy any part of it.