This project is inspired by Talavera Mexican pottery, with its beautiful rich colours and gorgeous motifs. Created with our exclusive handmade glass tiles, this project can be made by all skill levels. This stunning tray is a colourful feature piece that is deceptively easy to make.
Our Talavera Mexican Tray Kit contains everything you need to create this beautiful tray; click to purchase the kit.
The tiles, printed at high temperatures, have intricate designs that are stunning and colourful. Suitable for indoor use only as they will fade in direct sunlight.
- MDF Tray - 9 cm x 42 cm x 8.5 cm
- Adhesive - A clear drying PVA adhesive (like Weldbond or Sullivans PVA adhesive)
- Slate Grey Grout
Glass Tiles -
We have used the following tiles:
- 26 x 5cm Talavera Mexican Inspired Tiles (various patterns)
- 6 x 5cm Coloured Glass Tiles (various colours*)
- 4 x Talavera Glass Strips (one of each design)
- Talvera Mexican Inspired Glass Tiles 2.5cm x 2 bags
- 7 x 2.5cm Coloured Glass Tiles (various colours*)
- * We've used the following coloured tiles: Orange no. 3, Yellow no. 1, Yellow no. 6, Magenta No. 2, Blue No. 5 and Blue No. 6
- We have used the following tiles:
- Gloves, containers, rags or sponge for grouting
- Paint Brush & turquoise acrylic paint
Or purchase the complete 'Talavera Mexican Inspired Tray Kit'.
1. Sealing the MDF Tray
This indoor project is not suitable for areas where it will be exposed to moisture or water, as it is not waterproof. As wood is porous, you will need to seal the tray before tiling. Use a mixture of PVA adhesive & water 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 paintbrush.
Before adhering the tiles make sure you place them first to ensure they fit together so no cutting of tiles is required. To ensure a good fit pay particular attention to where the glass strips are placed, only one glass strip can be placed in each column (see the detailed picture below).
The adhesive can be applied either directly to the mirror base or painted individually onto the tiles' back. 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 your hand over the tiles to ensure they are all firmly adhered before grouting. If any are loose, remove them and re-adhere.
This mosaic can be grouted; no special techniques are required. If you need help with grouting click here to get detailed instructions. To protect the tray run some masking tape around the exposed areas of the tray.
Paint the tray with acrylic paint and seal if desired.
This project is suitable for indoor use only and not in direct sunlight.