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What Do You Use to Attach Mosaic Tiles?

Updated:2014-06-17 11:08:08

Making mosaic tiles or art projects can be a daunting task if the correct products are not used. The backing that holds the broken glass or ceramic bits that make up the mosaic picture is essential in the longevity and style of the mosaic piece. Depending on the type of mosaic being made, the backing varies greatly.


 Tile Grout
 For tile mosaic pieces, such as flooring, a grout is best to ensure the ceramic or glass bits do not move when stepped on. Grout is easy to use when making floor tiles. Simply place a layer of the grout over the tile and place the mosaic chips in the places desired. Using a rubber chisel, remove the excess grout from the top of the tile. Allow the tile to cure for at least 24 hours.
Tile Cement or Adhesive
 Tile cement or adhesive glue created specifically for mosaic use is found in any craft store. This type of backing for mosaic projects is used for projects that may stand, such as flower pots or picture frames. The difference between cement and grout is the cement sets faster which allows the project to stand in a vertical position and the mosaic bits stay in place. This type of backing also is best for the indirect laying of mosaic pattern bits on glass as it is most often clear.
Mosaic Net Backing
 Net backing for a mosaic tile is important for a thicker tile, such as a stepping stone or sidewalk marker. A layer of cement is set into the mold, filling it about 2/3 of the way. This is allowed to set and dry completely. The next layer of cement is poured and sets half way. Once it is half-way set, the metal net is placed inside the top layer enough that the net is not showing. This netting holds the mosaic bits in place.

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