Mosaic Mania

Smash! Crash! Bash! Boom!
Throw that plate across the room.

Then, gently pick up those pieces (you might even want to wear gloves), and start your masterpiece!

 

Materials:
Safety goggles
Safety gloves

Old dishes (that can be broken)
Mosaic tiles (can be purchased at arts and crafts stores)
Sea glass, glass gems, and any other materials that can be added to your mosaic
Plexiglass (or other material to glue your mosaic onto)
Mosaic glue (also available at craft stores)
Old glue bottle or pastry bag (for grouting)
Grout
Sponge
Cloth rag

Directions:
1. The first step, as alluded to above, would be to collect lots of dishes, shells, glass beads, sea glass, tiles, and anything else that you can think of. The more types of tiles you use, the more interesting the piece will look. Get creative!

2. Now you have a few options. You can either smash what you have collected with a hammer, use mosaic nippers (a tool that is available at most craft stores), or you can drop your materials on the ground. Whatever method you choose, be sure to wear adequate eye protection and possibly gloves.(Figure 1)

3. Decide what material you want to create your mosaic on. We used plexiglass, but you can glue mosaics onto just about anything: walls, counters, serving plates, or even flower pots. Make sure the surface you are going to glue the pieces onto is clean and dry.

4. Cover the surface with mosaic glue, which is designed to dry clear, and start laying down your pieces!(Figure 2)

5. Wait 24 hours for the glue to dry and then begin to grout in between the tiles. We found the best way to grout was by using an old glue bottle or pastry bag. Just fill the bottle or bag with grout and squeeze it into the empty spaces between the tiles. This gives you more control over where the grout is going, and it is much easier to maneuver when the space between tiles is small.(Figure 3)

6. Wipe off any major grout on the tiles with a damp sponge. Don't worry about making a perfectly clean surface. You can fix that after the grout is dry, which is about 24 hours.(Figure 4)

7. Finally, use a cloth rag to buff off the haze that appears on the tiles from the grout.(Figure 4) Viola! You have created a mosaic mania of your own!(Figure 5)

 

The book, Mosaics, whose pictures are shown above, is a wonderful resource to have handy. The bright colorful pictures are very inspiring, and the directions are very straightforward. We would recommend this book to anyone from beginner to advanced. Mosaics is written by Kaffe Fasset and Candance Bahouth, and we found it at our local library.


Figure 1 (Mosaics)

Figure 2

Figure 3 (Mosaics)

Figure 4 (Mosaics)

Figure 5

 


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