This Beautiful Mosaic is created using our exclusive handmade mosaic tile. Here are the project instructions plus techniques for you to create a mosaic in the same style.
- Mosaic Heart base
- Adhesive - A clear drying PVA adhesive
- Ivory Grout
- Vintage Garden Handmade Tiles
- Handmade words
- Decorative Embellishments
- Paint brush - for applying adhesive or pallet knife
- Glass Mosaic Cutters
- Gloves, containers, rags or sponge for grouting
1. Sealing wooden 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 Base
The adhesive can be applied either directly to the 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. 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
To cut these tiles you can use either a pair of Wheeled Nippers or a Rotary Tool. The Wheeled Nippers are good for cutting smaller tiles, while if you want straight cuts in larger tiles (e.g 5cm glass tiles) a rotary tool comes in handy.
4. Grouting the base
This mosaic can be grouted as usual, no special techniques are required. If you need help with grouting click here to get detailed instructions.
Cover the decorative flowers with masking tape (or something similar) to protect them from the grout. This tape can be removed once you have completed the first cleanup of the grout, and there is no risk of getting grout on the flowers. See photo below:
This project 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.