Faye was searching for some artistic inspiration, and found a Mitreplan for
doing your own mosaics in tile. She’s decided to create her masterpiece on a
coffee table that she had painted earlier. The tabletop has a timber edging
around it to frame the tiles, but this can be fitted later if you wish.
Select tile colours that go with your design, and then draw it onto the
tabletop. Faye decided on an abstract theme. Now the fun part. It’s time to
break some tiles. Just make sure you wear safety glasses.
Lay the tiles inside an old towel and use a persuader (hammer) to crack the
tiles into useable sized pieces (about 20 to 40mm). Be careful not to crush the
tile. Any larger pieces can be cut down later using tile nippers.
Now lay the tile fragments into your design, leaving about 3mm gaps for grouting
later. Don’t worry if it looks a bit rough – that’s the idea! The grouting will
fill the gaps later to give a very nice look. Tile nippers can be used to shape
tiles to fit as your work of art nears completion.
Once you’ve completely covered the tabletop it’s time to start gluing.
You could glue each piece individually, or you can use contact sheet to lift all
the tiles at once. Press the contact sheet down firmly to make sure every tile
is stuck. Place a piece of wood over the whole design and flip the whole thing
over. Then lift off the top and the tiles are free and in one piece.
Faye uses Selleys Tile Bond for her coffee table, but if the mosaic is for
outdoors, use Selleys UniFix, which is perfect for wet areas. Spread the glue
evenly and put the tiles back using the reverse process. When the glue is dry,
apply your grout. Faye used a grey grout to contrast with the tiles.
Polish it when dry and you can be as impressed with yourself as Faye is!