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January 09, 2011 03:11:08 PM by joby560
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** This method is great for those new to mosaic arts, working with children, and for those who like the benefit of being able to re-arrange tiles before you ever introduce cement to the design.

1. Draw out your design on white paper.  Tape that design paper to a board.  Place a piece of contact paper over the design with the STICKY SIDE UP! - Secure the Contact Paper (TM) down at the corners with tape.

2. Begin laying out your tile on top of the Contact Paper.  Be sure to lay your tile down so that the side facing up is the side you will see when the project is complete. DO NOT PLACE THE TILE FACE DOWN.

3. Continue laying out your design.  You can remove tile, re-arrange them, and change your design any time during this step.

4. Once the design is complete, use clear packing tape and cover the entire surface of the project.  I overlap the strips of packing tap to ensure that all pieces are covered.

5. Use your hand to make sure every piece of tile has made contact with the packing tape.  You want it secure.

6.  Remove the project from your work board.  You will be removing the packing tape, tile and contact paper as one unit.

7. Turn the project over so the contact paper is face up.  Remove the Contact Paper at this time.  The tile will stick to the packing tape and will be wrong side up.

8.  Treat your host surface with water sealer (if wood) and allow it to dry a full 24-28 hours depending on the manufacturer's directions.  If you do not treat your wooden surface it will buckle as the wood will absorb the moisture in the cement in the next step rendering your project ruined.

(NO photo of this as this is where the normal routine of mosaicing picks back up!)
9. Prepare the wooden surface with the cement.  THEN, place your design on top of the cement with the PACKING TAPE side up! - Press the tiles into the cement.  It is ok if some of the cement touches the packing tape. - ALlow this to cure for at least 24 hours and just to be safe I let it cure for 48 hours BEFORE removing the packing tape.  After you remove the packing tape, be sure to give the cememnt any additonal time it may need to cure/dry.  Sometimes the packing tape will hold in some moisture and a day of air drying can makesure the cement is dry.

10. Grout as normal~!

This picture is not of the mirror above in the steps, but it is a similar pattern and I did use this method to make this mirror.  I am sold on this method and won't be doing the traditional method anymore.  This method is much more forgiving!

June 27, 2011 04:52:31 PM by HSG
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Got this idea from a mosaic friend on Flickr, and so asked her permission to do one of my own cause knew I had to share with the Craftster glass people.

If you mosaic or cut glass/tile then you've probably spent some time cleaning or picking pieces of glass off of the floor. Or have the one piece you need go flying never to be seen again. This tutorial will solve that problem, and at a fraction of the cost of the mosaic cutters manufactured that have a clever little bag that catches pieces as they are cut.

Glass Nippers (Lepponits)
3 inch hose clamp

2 plastic zip ties

1 corner Brace

plastic powdered drink container (like Crystal Light or 4C)

Take the clamp and wrap it around the top of the drink container, also slipping on end of the corner brace inside the clamp before tightening the screw.

Place the other side of the corner brace against the nippers below the wheel area. If you're left handed place it on the right (side facing the back of the wheels), and on the left if right handed. Now secure with two zip ties to the nippers and brace.

Assembled it will even stand on its own!

In action.

All the little pieces go flying into the container. No messy glass to clean, and the piece you need will be inside!

All put together and ready for use in 5 minutes.  Love this idea! Smiley

If you want to remove it is not hard at all. Just cut the zip ties and done.

February 27, 2012 08:34:47 AM by HSG
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The purpose of this tutorial is to show the base tools used in glass working, to be more specific, mosaics.

Disclaimer: In this tutorial I am not promoting any specific brand, but using the tools I personally own. There are many brands available in various price ranges. You are encouraged to explore the options out there.

Tool #1 - Glass Cutter
This particular one if a Pistol Grip Handheld Cutter

This is used to score glass in places where you want it to break.

Once the glass is scored you need to snap it on the line or shape created by the cutter. That is where tool #2 comes in.

Tool #2 Running Pliers
These are used to snap glass that has been scored.

It has a line in the center of the top flat side, and this is the guide used to aline with the score, and SNAP.

Tool #3 Wheeled Glass Nippers
These are one of the most used tools in glass work, and in particular mosaic. This tool is used to nip away or cut glass pieces off of the larger piece. They can also be used to shape pieces of glass.


For another tutorial for the glass nippers check: Mosaic Glass Catch-O-Matic

In glass work there is one tool that can frequently come in handy. It instantly ends frustration when a project is headed south, and need help turning things around.

Tool #4 The Hammer

Sometimes it just makes you feel better! Grin

Thank you for checking this out, and hope it helps you in your pursuit of glass. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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