- MDF Dragonfly
- Weldbond Adhesive 60ml
- Black grout
- A selection of materials, included in this project are: Aqua Silverfoil glass tiles, Silver Silverfoil Glass Tiles, Electric blue iridised 2cm, Light Blue Metallic Glass Petals x 4, Green glass gems x 2, Electric Blue Iridised Circles x 4
- Gloves, containers, rags or sponge for grouting
- Two wheeled nippers for cutting tiles
1. Sealing wooden dragonfly
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 Dragonfly
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.
Cut all your tiles into triangles of various sizes, smaller triangles for the body of the dragonfly and larger ones for the wings. The body of the dragonfly is created using Aqua Silverfoil Tiles on the bottom, gradually transitioning to Electric Blue on the head. While the wings have Silver Silverfoil Glass Tiles and Electric Blue.
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.