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« on: September 01, 2008 07:18:45 PM »

I have wanted to try this but do not know anyone who has tried it before, is it really hard to do and what materials do you need? What kind of project would you suggest for a newbie?
crafty gurll
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2008 12:48:47 PM »

Mosaics are really fun, and pretty easy.  The first thing to buy would be tiles.  The cheap way would be to get old plates, etc., put them in a bag & break with a hammer.  Or you can buy tiles at a craft store, online or even look in a home improvement store.  You can also use glass, but maybne stick with tiles in the beginning.  You'll also need to buy some all purpose glue, a package of pre-mixed grout, a sponge, some sort of putty knife and some grout sealer.  You can also get a tile nipper, but maybe wait to see if you need it.  Home improvement stores would probably sell the grout, etc. for cheaper than a craft store.  You can make your own colored grout by mixing acrylic paint into the grout.  I just found this trick out, and it works. Smiley

Anything flat can be mosaiced.  A good 1st project would be a small stool or a picture frame.  1st glue the tiles down in the pattern you want, and let dry for a day.  Next you will grout.  Take the putty knife and slop the grout on, making sure it gets into all the cracks.  Kind of like icing a cake.  Once all the grout is in the cracks, scrape off the excess.  Let this dry at least a few hours before taking a slightly moist sponge and wiping off any excess from the tiles.  Make sure it is dry before wiping off so you don't disturb the new grout.  Buff the finished piece with a dry cloth, and admire your hard work!  You can also seal the grout if you want, follow the directions on the grout sealant bottle.  It would really only be necessary to seal if you think it might get wet, like a table top.  Good luck and let me know how it works out for you!   
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2013 05:49:06 AM »

I wrote a tutorial on this, hope it helps!

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