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= <u>Quickstart:&nbsp;Mosaic</u><br> =
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= Quickstart Guide to Mosaic =
  
A fact sheet to supplement Ashe's Quick &amp; Dirty Mosaic Class. [UNDER&nbsp;CONSTRUCTION]<br>
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A fact sheet to supplement Ashe's Quick &amp; Dirty Mosaic Class. [UNDER&nbsp;CONSTRUCTION]<br>  
  
== Supplies<br> ==
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== Supplies ==
  
 
=== Adhesives ===
 
=== Adhesives ===
  
Weld-Bond - for indoor applications<br>
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Weld-Bond - for indoor applications  
  
Thin-Set Mortar - for outdoor/all-weather applications
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Thin-Set Mortar - for outdoor/all-weather applications  
  
=== Grout<br> ===
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=== Grout ===
  
I&nbsp;use powdered, sanded grout.&nbsp; It comes in a lot of colors without need for a separate cement dye.
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I use powdered, sanded grout. It comes in a lot of colors without need for a separate cement dye.  
  
Make sure you seal porous stone or ceramic before using colored grout, or your project may stain!
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Make sure you seal porous stone or ceramic before using colored grout, or your project may stain!  
  
You don't really need to do all that rigmarole with sponges to apply grout; a dry paper towel works just as well if it's mixed correctly.&nbsp; Just wipe into place, flush with the mosaic surface, and wipe/brush off the excess.
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You don't really need to do all that rigmarole with sponges to apply grout; a dry paper towel works just as well if it's mixed correctly. Just wipe into place, flush with the mosaic surface, and wipe/brush off the excess.  
  
Should be obvious, but do not wash excess grout down the drain.
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Should be obvious, but do not wash excess grout down the drain.  
  
=== Glass &amp; Tile Sources<br> ===
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=== Glass & Tile Sources ===
  
*[http://www.tileshop.com The Tile Shop], Sterling Heights, MI - can order "sample" sheets by the square foot<br>
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*[http://www.tileshop.com The Tile Shop], Sterling Heights, MI - can order "sample" sheets by the square foot
  
Vitreous glass colors available: [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Amber-Mix-Glass/27.aspx amber mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Amber-Glass/26.aspx amber], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Noche-Glass/698.aspx noche], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Metro-Glass/621.aspx metro], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Parker-Glass/738.aspx parker], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Copper-Mix-Glass/240.aspx copper mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Autumn-Mix-Glass/59.aspx autumn mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Sky-Mix-Glass/890.aspx sky mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Spring-Mix-Glass/907.aspx spring mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Water-Glass/401.aspx water], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Windsor-Glass/1037.aspx windsor], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Ottawa-Glass/728.aspx ottowa]
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Vitreous glass colors available: [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Amber-Mix-Glass/27.aspx amber mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Amber-Glass/26.aspx amber], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Noche-Glass/698.aspx noche], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Metro-Glass/621.aspx metro], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Parker-Glass/738.aspx parker], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Copper-Mix-Glass/240.aspx copper mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Autumn-Mix-Glass/59.aspx autumn mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Sky-Mix-Glass/890.aspx sky mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Spring-Mix-Glass/907.aspx spring mix], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Water-Glass/401.aspx water], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Windsor-Glass/1037.aspx windsor], [http://www.tileshop.com/mosaics/glassmosaics/Ottawa-Glass/728.aspx ottowa]  
  
[http://tilemosaicgirl.com/2010/02/17/getting-tiles-off-of-paper-or-mesh-backed-sheets/ Tutorial:&nbsp;removing glass and tile from paper or mesh]<br>
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[http://tilemosaicgirl.com/2010/02/17/getting-tiles-off-of-paper-or-mesh-backed-sheets/ Tutorial:&nbsp;removing glass and tile from paper or mesh]
  
*[[www.artsandscraps.org|Arts &amp; Scraps]], Detroit, MI - donated scrap, selection will vary
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*[[Www.artsandscraps.org|Arts &amp; Scraps]], Detroit, MI - donated scrap, selection will vary
  
=== Nippers ===
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=== Nippers ===
  
Two different cutting tools, depending on your material:
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Two different cutting tools, depending on your material:  
  
Glass nippers (have wheels) - [[www.harborfreight.com/|Harbor Freight]] has the best price locally
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*Glass nippers (have wheels) - [[Www.harborfreight.com/|Harbor Freight]] has the best price locally  
  
Tile nippers (have teeth)
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*Tile nippers (have teeth)  
  
=== Surfaces ===
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=== Surfaces ===
  
*I&nbsp;recommend a stiff surface, such as MDF.&nbsp; Plywood will warp due to the water content of the glue or mortar.
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I recommend a stiff surface, such as MDF. Plywood will warp due to the water content of the glue or mortar.
*Test your adhesive to make sure there is a good bond. You may need to sand or roughen the surface.
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Test your adhesive to make sure there is a good bond. You may need to sand or roughen the surface.
  
 
=== Useful Accessories ===
 
=== Useful Accessories ===
  
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*Latex (or nitrile) gloves, paper towels, dropcloth  
Latex (or nitrile) gloves, paper towels, dropcloth
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*Disposable cup for stirring grout  
Disposable cup for stirring grout
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*Popsicle sticks or putty knives to apply mortar
 
*Popsicle sticks or putty knives to apply mortar
  
== Next Steps<br> ==
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== Next Steps ==
  
I'm planning to establish a tile library at i3, following the model of the e-room electronics store.&nbsp; This way we can order bulk (discounted)&nbsp;tile, use what we need, and share our extras.<br>
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I'm planning to establish a tile library at i3, following the model of the e-room electronics store. This way we can order bulk (discounted) tile, use what we need, and share our extras.
  
Take more/better classes:<br>
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Take more/better classes:
 
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*[http://creativeartsstudios.com/ Creative Arts Studio], Royal Oak, MI<br>  
*[http://creativeartsstudios.com/ Creative Arts Studio], Royal Oak, MI<br>
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*[http://www.chicagomosaicschool.com/ Chicago Mosaic School]<br>
 
*[http://www.chicagomosaicschool.com/ Chicago Mosaic School]<br>
 
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Revision as of 21:30, 8 July 2011

Contents

Quickstart Guide to Mosaic

A fact sheet to supplement Ashe's Quick & Dirty Mosaic Class. [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]

Supplies

Adhesives

Weld-Bond - for indoor applications

Thin-Set Mortar - for outdoor/all-weather applications

Grout

I use powdered, sanded grout. It comes in a lot of colors without need for a separate cement dye.

Make sure you seal porous stone or ceramic before using colored grout, or your project may stain!

You don't really need to do all that rigmarole with sponges to apply grout; a dry paper towel works just as well if it's mixed correctly. Just wipe into place, flush with the mosaic surface, and wipe/brush off the excess.

Should be obvious, but do not wash excess grout down the drain.

Glass & Tile Sources

  • The Tile Shop, Sterling Heights, MI - can order "sample" sheets by the square foot

Vitreous glass colors available: amber mix, amber, noche, metro, parker, copper mix, autumn mix, sky mix, spring mix, water, windsor, ottowa

Tutorial: removing glass and tile from paper or mesh

Nippers

Two different cutting tools, depending on your material:

  • Glass nippers (have wheels) - Harbor Freight has the best price locally
  • Tile nippers (have teeth)

Surfaces

I recommend a stiff surface, such as MDF. Plywood will warp due to the water content of the glue or mortar.

Test your adhesive to make sure there is a good bond. You may need to sand or roughen the surface.

Useful Accessories

  • Latex (or nitrile) gloves, paper towels, dropcloth
  • Disposable cup for stirring grout
  • Popsicle sticks or putty knives to apply mortar

Next Steps

I'm planning to establish a tile library at i3, following the model of the e-room electronics store. This way we can order bulk (discounted) tile, use what we need, and share our extras.

Take more/better classes: