Decoupage was my first love and after attending a crash glass class using a 2-part epoxy … it got me thinking … why go to all the trouble of working with a toxic adhesives when you can do pretty much the same thing using a Weldbond.
Always amazed at how the items for my craft projects magically appear … most of the time anyway.
While it’s wonderful that you can use watered down Elmer’s white glue for Decoupage … you need a stronger adhesive in this case to guarantee that the glass and tile will withstand grouting and just plain being a trivet.
After painting the trivet and letting it completely dry, I laid out the design so the quote showed through the glass properly and glued the papers directly onto the trivet. Don’t get carried away with the glue. Just brush on enough glue to attach the images. Let it dry and brush on a few more layers of glue, letting it dry each time.
When the papers were dry and perfectly sealed from layers of glue … I glued the tile border first, applying Weldbond to each tile piece and applied the glass by smearing Weldbond onto the back of each glass piece so it wouldn’t puddle and refuse to dry clear.
Once the piece is glued and completely dry, grout it to finish off the piece.
A great non-toxic glass collage and decoupage project, that anyone can do!
Beautiful results with less mess than other epoxy crash glass methods.
After trying all of the adhesives on the market these have to be my favorites.
1. E-6000 my clear adhesive of choice, when working with glass on glass.
This is a toxic adhesive that is not recommended when working with children.
E-6000 is a great adhesive for glass on glass projects and so many more applications but … it’s very TOXIC and STINKY but it will permanently bond: wood; metal; glass; fiberglass; ceramic; leather; rubber; vinyl; and most plastics. Always work in a well ventilated area when using E-6000 and let it cure for a few minutes before gluing surfaces together.
DIRECTIONS & TIPS FOR USING E-6000:
Apply E-6000 directly to each surface to be bonded.
Note: E-6000 hardens by solvent evaporation and forms an immediate bond that is difficult to reposition after both adhesive coated surfaces are placed in contact with each other and sufficient pressure is exerted to establish full contact.
SPECIAL TIPS: To extend life of product, be sure cap is secured back to original position. Use a toothpick as a disposable applicator for very small applications such as beading. Remove, recap and allow plastic nozzle to dry. Remove dried product from nozzle by pulling out through threaded end and reuse nozzle.
SAFETY FIRST: You can never predict what glass will do when you are working with it. When gluing glass on glass with E6000 when it’s stuck … it’s really stuck. NEVER and I mean NEVER try to remove glass from glass, once it has set up with one of these glue. Always wear safety glasses!
2. Weldbond Adhesive – The Kid Friendly Glue
There are so many reasons why Weldbond is my adhesive of choice for indoor mosaic tile and found object art projects.
It’s non-toxic and has no smell.
Great for projects with kids.
Weldbond dries clear … in most circumstances.
Easy to remove mistakes
Weldbond says this about their wonder glue …. A unique product, WELDBOND is more than an adhesive. It’s also a powerful universal primer for porous surfaces. It’s a weather-proofer, dust-proofer, hardener, and bonding agent. Just mix WELDBOND with sawdust, grout, cement or plaster and be amazed at the tremendous strength this product! Non-toxic and dries clear making it a perfect adhesive to use when crafting with kids. Dries to a clear, flexible bond.
What you may want to consider when using Weldbond …
#1 Excess puddles of Weldbond will not dry clear so you will see it behind the glass. If that wasn’t the object then no problem.
#2 Suggest brushing Weldbond onto the glass pieces, carefully with your finger or paintbrush and secure them to the glass with a little wiggle … to help dry clear.
#3 With Weldbond you have a fighting chance of prying pieces off of the glass with the utmost of care … with E-6000 you don’t.
and then there’s Mastic
… available at home improvement & tile shops.
Mastic is a non-slip high performance, smooth spreading mortar formulated for interior installation of all types of ceramic wall & floor tile.
Mastic keeps things from slipping … especially good for terracotta, concrete, back-splashes and larger projects!
Don’t forget to clean up excess mastic around the edges.
You Can Glue It but …
Patience, my dear.
I know you want to get’r done but in the end you’ll be thankful that you waited until it dried.
Dragged this 10 panel vintage (yet very sturdy) window back from Orange, California. It measures 5′ x 2′ … sturdy being the operative word … especially when you’re creating a large glass on glass mosaic for yourself.
*Cleaned it once, twice and a third time. Newspaper and Windex make quick work on vintage window glass.
I shouldn’t have to tell you but I will … when working with glass on glass mosaics … work in a really well ventilated area, wear shoes, safety glasses, have a First Aid Kit nearby and it’s not the project to do with the kids.
This window was from an old brick & mortar in Orange, Ca.
First pass … the pieces magically fit into exactly the right spot … sans adhesive.
Wish I would have had the courage to glue it down, while I was laying it out. Seriously … was my first thought … “glue it down now.” and I didn’t listen. Chicken!
With that said …
Final image once I get this behemoth glued down.
Until then … remember all of those things that you said you we’re gonna do?
The vintage window was a gift from my sister friend, Tilly Evan Jones … I think it sat around for a couple of years, until I finally decided to glue a bulk of my vintage glass collection to it.
It never ceases to amaze me how magically the pieces fit together and as an added bonus … it fit perfectly inside the guest bedroom window.
All you need is a sturdy window (or frame), mosaic tile & glass tools, safety glasses, vintage glass dishes (or otherwise), random glass pieces and e6000 adhesive to be glued in a well ventilated area.
FYI … Just so you know … when using e6000 adhesive … once you place the glass on the glass, you can shift it a bit but basically it’s over … live with it.
WARNING: ALWAYS wear safety glasses when cutting glass or tile and as a FYI … I do not recommend this project for kids.
What are you going to do with all of those terracotta pots that you have laying around?
It only takes a few hours to create a single mosaic tile flower pot or … go nuts and mosaic tile a bunch of clay pots to create a mosaic tile totem pole for the garden.
Terracotta and clay objects offer a wide variety of shapes and sizes to create amazing mosaics!
PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING!
Before gluing, clean the pots out with soap and water. Let them dry.
Seal the inside and outside of the pot with a water-based polyurethane … or a couple of coats of Weldbond adhesive. Let it dry between coats and make sure the piece is completely dry before tiling. If you don’t seal it it will eventually start falling apart.
Use the proper adhesive — waterproof/weatherproof mastic or silicone.
Grout with a sanded grout that is mix with a grout additive (instead of water) for flexibility.
Seal the grout with grout sealer, once it’s dry.
Reseal the outside of the piece with grout sealer, once a year, especially if the piece is exposed to the elements or water.
Start small and you’ll grow from there … believe me.
#1 Wheeled Glass Nippers have a set of disc shaped wheels on spring-loaded handles. They should be used to cut glass, mirror, glass tiles, and the like in a manner similar to tile nippers. Replacement wheels are sold separately.
#2Mosaic Tile Cutter are designed for cutting ceramic tiles, crockery and china. Better tile nippers have tungsten-carbide cutting edges and spring-loaded handles.