Mosaic Crosses are an extremely popular mosaic project, fun and decorative they are so easy to make.
- Decorative Recessed MDF Cross
- Weldbond Adhesive 60ml
- Black grout
- A selection of materials, included in this project are: Aqua Silverfoil glass tiles, deep turquoise glass tiles 1cm, Silver metallic glass tiles 1.5cm
- Decorative metal cross
- Silver flower beads
- Black paint & brush
- Gloves, containers, rags or sponge for grouting
- Two wheeled nippers for cutting tiles
1. Sealing wooden cross
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.
2. Tiling the Face of the Mirror
The Weldbond 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.
Start in a section and lay your cut tiles in a crazy paving pattern, make sure the gaps are of a consistent size. Cut the tiles into a variety of patterns, triangles, squares and rectangles. Place the small silver flowers randomly and evenly throughout the design, this adds a lovely detail. The cross is adhered simply with Weldbond adhesive and should sit in the centre of the design. No need to add any additional height to the decorative cross.
As the cross is recessed a lovely boarder is formed around the outside of the cross, which keeps the piece neat and can be painted one you grout the tiles.
3. Grouting Time
When grouting a piece like this you need to protect the surrounding area, for this I use masking tape. For more information on the grouting process click here.
When selecting your grout buy grout that is suitable for use in spaces of between 1-3mm. This grout is much smoother than grout that is suitable for larger gaps.
This design is now available in a complete kit which contains everything you need to complete the project. Click here to go directly to the kit.