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The right tools for the job.

Lighten up … cutting takes practice.

Pique Assiette Mosaic Tile

You’re just gluing stuff to other stuff.  Besides, it can be a really cheap hobby … or not. Depends on how obsessed you become.

To get started, find a space to call your own and stock it with the right tile tools, materials and adhesives.

Start small and you’ll grow from there … believe me.

mosaic tile table
Viva Las Vegas – First Creation 1985

 Best mosaic tile tools …

#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.

#2 Mosaic Tile Cutter are designed for cutting ceramic tiles, crockery and china. Better tile nippers have tungsten-carbide cutting edges and spring-loaded handles.

 

#3 Weldbond Adhesive, e6000 Adhesive, Mastic and Grout

Always good to have nearby:

  • Small Penny Hammer
  • Wire Cutter
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Self-closing tweezers (a little more expensive than regular tweezers but well worth the investment.) Make sure to keep them glue free!
  • Toothpicks or wooden skewers
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper Towel
  • SAFETY GLASSES
  • Base, tile and some found objects. Ta da.

Be An Artist

 

 

How To Mosaic Tile Revisited

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein

Basic instruction for indoor mosaic tile construction:

  • Cut pieces to size – wear safety glasses.
  • Glue pieces to the a prepared surface like this one with Mastic (it’s not concrete)
  • Let the glued pieces dry for at least 24 hours
  • Prepare grout according to instructions – put on gloves
  • Grout the piece filling in all the gaps but avoiding delicate objects
  • Then clean off the wet grout until it’s shiny
  • Dispose of unused grout properly … meaning NOT DOWN THE DRAIN – you’ll be sorry.
  • Let the cleaned piece dry for another 24 hours and polish with a soft cloth as needed
  • Seal with grout sealer found at any tile or home improvement store