Believe it our not, this mosaic is really easy to make yet. The trick to creating a mosaic using highly patterned and intricate mosaic tiles to add lots of detail and interest.
Here are the project instructions plus techniques for you to create a mosaic in the same style.
- Mosaic base - in this case it is a 30x30cm mirror
- Adhesives - Any clear drying PVA adhesive. I have use The Mosaic Store own adhesive.
- Slate Grey Grout
- A selection of materials, included in this project are: Patterned 2.5cm glass tiles (black and white), Black crystal glass tiles 1 & 2 cm, White Crystals Glass Tiles 1 & 2 cm and colourful Glass Butterflies 2.5cm
- Paint brush - for applying adhesive or pallet knife
- Glass Mosaic Cutters
- Gloves, containers, rags or sponge for grouting
1. 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 PVA adhesive & water can be used as the sealer in a ratio of 1 part adhesive to 4 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.
2. Tiling the Face of the Mirror
The 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 mirror base. When using this method apply to small sections at a time to avoid the adhesive drying out. 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. Cutting the Tiles
The majority of the tiles have been applied whole so very little cutting is required to make this mirror. Where cutting is required I have just 2 wheeled nippers. If you are not sure how to cut glass tiles, then here are some tutorials that will help you get started.
4. Grouting the mirror
This mosaic can be grouted as usual, no special techniques are required. If you need help with grouting click here to get detailed instructions.
This mirror is suitable for indoor use only and not in direct sunlight.
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.