Short Class on How to do Mosaic

Classes In Mosaic By Creative Hands in Hartenbos

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Creative Hands in Hartenbos understands that it is not always possible for everyone to set time aside for a craft class, but that doesn’t have to mean that you cannot do crafts.
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Requirements for mosaic

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A blank item you wish to mosaic, for example a wooden frame or other decorative object.

A selection of mosaic tiles and/or other tiles.

Cold glue (for wood)

Flexible tile adhesive

Tile nippers

Grout

Bonding liquid (to mix with grout if you want a waterproof item)

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Instructions for Mosaic

Draw your design on the blank.  It is best to use a fairly simple design.  Cut the tiles with the nipper so that they will fit the design.  Glue the tiles in place with cold glue (if it is a wooden blank and it is going to be displayed indoors) or with flexible tile adhesive if your blank is a metal or plastic item, or if it is an item made from cement.  Leave about one millimeter space between tiles.

Drying Time for Mosaic

When finished, leave the item to dry thoroughly.  This can take from 24 to 48 hours.

Mosaic Craft mixing Method

Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use water if the item is going to be displayed indoors, or use bonding liquid if it is going to be used outdoors. The mixture must have the consistency of toothpaste.

Grout for Mosaic

Work the grout in over the tiles with an old credit card or your fingers (be careful – the edges of the tiles can be sharp).  Make sure all the gaps between the tiles are filled.  Remove most of the excess grout using your old credit card or a rubber squeegee.  Tidy up the edges as well, using your fingers.

Leave for about 15 to 20 minutes.  Use an old damp sponge or an old damp cloth to wipe off the rest of the excess grout.  Be careful not to wipe away the grout between the tiles.  If there are stubborn bits of grout stuck to the tiles, use a plastic knife or an ice cream stick to scratch it off. When the item is completely dry, polish it with paper towels.

Voila!  Your own beautiful piece of art.

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