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« on: July 26, 2009 06:01:56 PM »

This is tutorial is intended to show how to do a simple mosaic with stained glass (per request), on a light switchplate. Feel free to ask any questions, and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

Step 1: Choose a substrate/surface to work on, and here I've chosen a light switch plate cover.


Step 2: Select what you want to use for your tesserae. Then you will need to choose what adhesive best works for your particular application. Most widely used adhesives (but there are others): thinset, silicone, MAC glue, Weldbond.


Step 3: Apply tesserae to your substrate and allow the adhesive to set up for about 12 - 24 hours. This will insure a good adherence before proceeding to grout.


Step 4: Mix your grout. You can by pre-mixed grout but it really does not stand up to well, and the colors choices are limited. When you mix your own it is cheaper also. Here I've chosen a dark gray grout. The grout consistency should be like cake frosting; not too runny and not too thick.


Step 5: Let grout rest for a few minutes (about 5 - 10), then take a slightly damp sponge and wipe off excess. Being careful not to wipe off grout.



Step 6: Let sit till there is a haze on the tesserae and then clean again with a damp sponge. Let grout dry overnight.


Step 7: Do a final cleaning, and get all grout and adhesive off your tesserae. Seal the mosaic if you like with a grout sealer, and you're done!




For an alternative grouting method I use check out: Dry Grouting Method Tutorial.

Good luck, and share your work! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009 09:49:22 PM »

fantastic! i've been trying to learn how to do this, but not been wanting to buy a $30 book just to learn. i have one question though, what if you want to do one that is seen from both sides, like putting it in a window frame. what would you suggest i use as a surface to work on so that it will peel off after it's dried?
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2009 10:32:51 PM »

fantastic! i've been trying to learn how to do this, but not been wanting to buy a $30 book just to learn. i have one question though, what if you want to do one that is seen from both sides, like putting it in a window frame. what would you suggest i use as a surface to work on so that it will peel off after it's dried?
Glad you like the tutorial, but I don't understand the question of peeling something off. Could you please explain?
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009 06:16:24 PM »

i wanted to do a mosaic in a window frame, but I want the picture to be visible on both sides. so that if i put it up in the window, you can see it from both sides. i was wondering if you had ever done something like that before and if you just set it up on butcher paper and then just peel the paper off once it's dry? if you don't know, it's ok, i'll use trial and error to figure it out. lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2009 05:22:22 AM »

I've done several glass on glass mosaics.

The work is done directly on the glass itself, no paper involved. Perhaps these will explain better than I can:
Funky Flowers Window
Modern Window

Let me know if you have more question. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2010 02:22:21 PM »

My story is funny, I saw this tutorial, thought it looked weird but I tried it still. Now I'm hooked on it and even use it as gifts for my loved ones.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010 04:19:34 PM »

Awesome! Glad you found it useful, but now you have to share some of your projects. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2010 11:59:29 PM »

It is something which is really very beneficial and mosaic tutorial is very important for those who are new to this and this will help to create some good designs.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2010 05:29:12 AM »

this mosaic design is great, but you can try different colors instead of mono-color mosaic.



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