It’s a simple process to install mosaic tile:

1) When creating a mosaic, it is a good idea to lay out the tiles first on a flat surface before you fix them with adhesive. This way you get an idea as to how the colors and shapes look together in the design.

2) Always lay tiles for the main subject first ( for example, the inside of a niche or a centered mural mosaic) and then do the border- as these tiles are the most important. If you need to cut or move tiles around each other it is easier to do so without the background getting in the way.

3) When laying the border tile of your mosaic, start in the corner and work your way out as the corner tiles are often a little more intricate than the normal side mosaic.

4) If you are going to grout your mosaic (which most people do) remember to use proper grout which can be sanded or non sanded depending on the material the mosaic is made from.  Either natural stone or glass  requires opposite grout materials that can prevent your tile from scratching the mosaic surface if used improperly.

5) When laying mosaic tile using the “direct method”, you can either butter glue on each individual piece or lay each one down one-by-one. This process is slow however the results will be very accurate and you can see the effect each individual tile has immediately. OR, the alternative approach is to put a small amount of glue on the base (enough for about 6 pieces) and then quickly lay the tiles down.

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By |2017-09-12T19:41:47+00:00September 22nd, 2012|Buying Guide: Mosaics|Comments Off on How to Install Mosaic Tiles