Vintage Mosaic Serving Tray

January 29, 2021

Vintage Mosaic Serving Tray

This stunning mosaic tray uses our beautiful handmade mosaic tile, printed on-site at The Mosaic Store. Here are the project instructions plus techniques for you to create this mosaic, or if you prefer, you can purchase this mosaic as a kit.

Mosaic Kits are an easy way to get started in mosaics and a great gift idea. They are great for beginners, as they are an easy introduction to the art of mosaic. Our starter kits contain everything you need to start you off on a voyage of discovery for the hidden mosaic artist hiding inside.Click here to purchase your 'Vintage Serving Tray kit'.

The tiles are printed high temperatures to create stunning, colourful and intricate designs. These tiles are suitable for indoor use only as they will fade in direct sunlight.

Materials

Or purchase the complete the 'Vintage Serving Tray Kit.

 

Steps

1. Sealing the wooden base

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, the 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 paintbrush.

 

2. Tiling

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.

 

3. Cutting the Tiles

To cut these tiles, you can use a pair of Wheeled Nippers. If you haven't had experience cutting glass tiles, here are some tutorials to help you:

How to use wheeled nippers

How to cut glass tiles

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4. Grouting

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 project is suitable for indoor use only and not in direct sunlight.

Vintage Serving Tray Mosaic Kit

Why Not Try A Different Design?

The tiles used in these projects are sold in sets. These Handmade Tile Sets are a beautiful collection of tiles, all themed and designed to work together. They make it easy to create stunning mosaics as you don't need to worry about matching colours or designs. The set pictured below is the 'Batik Handmade Tile Set', also available as a kit. Click here to go to the 'Batik Serving Tray Kit'.