How to Create a Mosaic Mirrorcomments (6) August 4th, 2009
Tired of your same old, uninspired wall mirror? Give it a face lift with mosaic tiles. The mosaic technique inspires creativity and can quickly turn an average mirror into a textural work of art. Plus, depending on the size of the mirror, it can be great way to create a new focal point for a room without breaking the budget.
For this easy project, I used a combination of colorful precut mosaic tiles and custom-cut and broken dishes on a basic, round mirror. For the ultimate restyle, make use of any broken or cracked dishes you already own. I love the look of the mosaic mirror, but you could apply the same techniques to picture frames, tabletops, or other flat surfaces to give them simple, decorative makeovers.
What You'll Need:
• Dry sponge
• Framed wall mirror
• Glue brush
• Mosaic adhesive
• Mosaic grout
• Mosaic tiles
• Narrow spatula
• Packing paper
• Tile cutter
• Utility knife
• Optional: Disposable rubber gloves
Break for Style
There’s a satisfying crunch at the beginning of this project. Grab your hammer, and break up some plates.
1. Break the plates. Wrap plates in several sheets of packing paper. Then, break them into small pieces with a hammer.
2. Prep the mirror. Clean and dry the mirror frame. Then, score it with a utility knife to facilitate a better adhesive bond later.
3. Add the design. Draw the design onto the mirror frame—the simpler the pattern, the better. Here, a kitchen bowl served as a template for a sun design.
4. Lay out the tiles. Arrange the broken plate and mosaic tile pieces on the mirror’s edge. Use a tile cutter to better size the plate pieces for fit.
Stick to It
The pieces are now in place so you can give this mosaic mirror some permanence. This is where the project gets gooey, so you may want to put on some rubber gloves.
1. Apply the Pieces. With a glue brush, add tile adhesive to the tiles, plate pieces, and the frame surface. Press the pieces into place. Don’t worry if a little adhesive squeezes out from under the tile or plate piece; it will be covered by the grout. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours.
2. Grout the tiles. Use a rubber spatula to fill the grooves between the tiles with grout. To make cleanup easier, be sure to wipe excess grout off the tiles with the spatula. Wait exactly 20 minutes before proceeding to the next step; the grout needs to set a bit.
3. Clean up the grout. Wipe away any excess grout on top of the tiles with a barely damp sponge. Let the grout set for at least 24 hours before you hang the mirror.
excerpted from CraftStylish Restyle, p. 48
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