How to Make Tile Mosaics

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    With pieces of ceramic tile and grout medium, you may surprise yourself at the designs you can create. Make tile mosaics on a variety of solid surfaces, including wood, plaster, concrete, metal, glass and even mirrors. Once you learn the process, you might progress into more intricate patterns and even scenes made from tiles of different shapes, sizes and colors.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paper
    • Pencils
    • Colored Pens
    • Acrylic Sheets
    • Tiles, pottery chips or other mosaic fodder
    • Tile Adhesive
    • Palette Knives
    • Latex Tile Grout
    • Grout Brushes
    • Soft Rags and sponges
    • Latex Gloves

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    Draw a design on a piece of paper with markers or colored pencils.

    Lay out the pieces of tile on the paper to plan the placement of the tiles.

    Remove the tiles and place a sheet of clear acrylic over the drawn design.

    Apply a layer of adhesive to the back of each tile using a palette knife and place each tile in position. Keep less than a 1/8-inch space between the tiles.

    Spread grout over the entire project after affix every tile. Push and press the grout down between all the tiles and make it level with the tile tops.

    Wipe off the excess grout from the tile faces with a damp cloth while the grout remains wet.

    Allow the grout to dry and polish the tiles with a clean, damp cloth.

    Glue protective felt pads on the back of the piece when it's dry, if you desire. This will be appropriate for a trivet.

    • Don't limit yourself to square tiles. Put the tiles in a plastic bag and lay a section of newspaper over it. Pound the bag a few times with a hammer to break the tiles into smaller pieces. You can also cut them with a special tool called a nippers.
    • To keep your hands clean and protect yourself from tiny shards, wear gloves while you work.
    • Latex grout spreads well and doesn't shrink when it dries.
    • If you're putting a mosaic on a mirror, be sure to clean the grout off of the exposed areas before it dries.
    • Always wear eye protection when cutting tile.