Mosaic Tile Grid
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The mosaic seat "The Everybody Seat" is installed at Karalee State School.
The mosaic cushions were made in a mosaic tile grid as were sections of the large snake head. The school kids had a wonderful time.
The snake running around the upright seat section was also made out of gridded mosaic tiles and pieced together at the site.
So many mosaic possibilities using the 1cm x 1cm / 2cm x 2cm mosaic grids! Let your creativitiy run wild!
Imagine a bathroom mosaic border, insert or a floor pattern?
Perhaps a pool edging?
When you have a mosaic grid, there are so many uses for the grid. Not just a square...but so much moire.
Mosaic Tile Grid
Available in 2 x 2 cm grid spacing or 1 x 1cm grid spacing
Purchase a mosaic grid from OzMosaics Mosaic Store and order your vitreous mosaic tiles - OzMosaics stocks a vast range of colours from basic to opal and golld-streaked vitreous tiles.
Mosaic tile grids are very popular:
The Mosaic Tile grid holds the tiles and spaces the tiles evenly, thus you have regular grout spacing for border and grid designs.
- fun for kids to grannies (young children to be supervised at all times)
- great fun for a project at a Retirement Village or Nursing home as it's easy and no cutting of tiles involved
- wonderful to plan samples for mosaic borders, shading or mixes
- make a large mural, with lots of sections of gridded tiles.
- make a mosaic quilt
- simple, quick mosaic borders or detailed borders and segments
- create segments for a mosaic
- play with tile colours to achieve graduated shading or random fills
-working with school children, all ages
...and many more!
Gridded mosaic tiles can be installed on a vertical, flat or curved surface (where substrate shape suits your design and sile of mosaic tiles).
Sandy finds the mosaic tile grids are excellent for some people with disabilities, as with time and practise, eye and hand co-ordination is improved and great satisfaction is gained with this fun and creative opportunity. If you are working with the community or on a school project, the mosaic grid provides mosaic project participation on many levels.
OVERVIEW OF GRID METHOD:
Assemble your mosaic tiles in the grid
Cover the surface of the gridded tiles with clear Contact paper, brown paper or wide strips of clear packing tape
Lift the gridded mosaic tiles out of the grid
Embed the gridded tiles to your substrate using thinset (Cement Based Adhesive).
*Make lots of small gridded sections in one grid, one full grid or lots of gridded sections to make up a border or large mural.
Mosaic Grid Instructions:
2 x 2cm GRID
The mosaic grid is manufactured to hold in place, 15 xs 15 rows of 2xm x 2cm mosaic glass vitreous tiles, with a bevelled edge.
High quality, mosaic vitreous tiles are available from our Mosaic Studio Store or our Web Mosaic Shop, in a huge range of colours.
-Fill the grid with your mosaic tiles at random or to set pattern for a border or mosaic design, or perhaps a background fill.
-Fill the grid with tiles- do one row, or many.
- Create coaster sizes, borders etc. or follow a pattern.
-Search Google for free clip art gridded patterns (cross-stitch, pool border designs, perhaps pixelate your design, or obtain graph paper and design your own pattern).
-The butterfly pattern above was created in Microsoft PowerPoint, using a free clip art photo and PP Artistic Image rendering.
-There are many programs which will pixelate your photos into mosaic patterns.
-You can fill one grid and create a mosaic or make lots of grids to assemble later as a full mosaic.
-Once you have your mosaic tiles in the grid, take care not to bump the grid. You want the tiles to set neatly, smooth side up.
The smooth side of the mosaic tile should be placed on the top side, so the bevelled edge sits neatly in the grid spaces.
Next, lift the gridded tile design out of the mosaic grid as follows:
-Cut a piece of good quality contact paper to the size of the full grid or the size of the grid pattern you have created (perhaps it's a coaster size or a border strip).
-Tip: Cut the contact a little smaller so that when it's placed over the tiles in the grid, you can see the outer edges of the tiles.
This makes it easier to remove the mosaic tiles out of the grid and having exposed approx 2mm of the edge gridded mosaic border, makes for ease of alignment if you are setting more than one gridded mosaic together on a substrate.
It may be helpful to have your sheets of clear contact paper, cut to size before you start the gridding process.
Some people find using Contact paper difficult.
You have to be very accurate when placing contact paper over the gridded tiles. It's easy to mess it up!
You may like to try wide, heavy-duty, clear packing tape instead of the Contact paper.
Place packing tape over a section of the gridded tiles. Press down firmly. Place another layer, over the next section, overlapping the first stick-taped layer.
Continue until your gridded tiles are all taped together (using Clear Contact paper or the sticky tape).
Note: Tile manufactures often use brown paper cut to size and apply paste to the back of the paper. You will note they expose a small border area so tilers can align each mosaics sheet when intalling eg in a bathroom. When the project is dry, they dampen the brown paper to remove the paper surface from the gridded tiles.
However, in your case, you are making your own mosaic design out of the mosaic tiles and brown paper is an option, but not the easiest method for the mosaic artist.
-When you are ready, lift up a corner of the taped mosaic tiles and lift out from the grid.
-You can make as many gridded mosaic tile sections as you wish.
-If you are following a large pixlated pattern (lots of grids making up one mural) you may wish to number the grids and put an arrow on the taped surface as a directional indicator.
TO INSTALL THE GRIDDED MOSAICS:
-When ready to install the gridded tiles to a vertical or flat substrate, make up thinset (cement based adhesive).
(Make sure you apply Laticrete waterproof membrane (Hydroban) to any porous substrates (availabe in our Mosaic Store).
Spread the thinset to the substrate with a 4mm notched metal trowel (available in our Mosaic Store) to cover the area to receive the gridded mosaic tiles.
Align and apply to the thinset.
Press firmly with a presser board or your hands to ensure the mosaic gridded tiles are embedded in the thinset. (Sandy recommends using a shade of thinset to match the final selected grout color for the project). This means you don't have to worry about removing excess thinset from the grout spaces, before grouting. The thinset and grout colours match up! Easy!
Once the gridded mosaic tiles are placed in the thinset bed, allow the thinset to dry. The thinset must be fully set, if you remove the top layer of tape/contact from the mosaic and the thinset is not fully set, you will probably pull up the tiles from the adhesive. You do not want this to happen.
When the mosaic is dry, gently peel back the Contact paper or the sticky plastic layers.
You are now ready to grout the mosaic.
MOSAIC GURU TIP:
Sandy prefers to use the sticky tape layers, to capture, lift and remove the griddes tiles, as it's easier to manage than full square of sticky Contact paper.
-You need to be very accurate when placing the Contact sheet over your gridded tiles.
-If you place the Contact paper onto the surface of the gridded tiles and they move surfaces, you will probably have to start the mosaic grid pattern over again.
-Using layers of tape means an easier control.
-Make sure you use high quality Contact or sticky tape/sticky tape packing dispenser.
-Practice the procedure to ensure you are confident to start a larger gridded project.
-You could practise on a small section of gridded tiles (eg coaster size).
Have fun! Any questions, please email or contact Studio OzMosaics.
SANDY HAS SOME VERY SPECIAL TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ADVANCED GRID METHODS.
These will be available in MOSi (Mosaic Online School Int) in due course, complete with slide show, video clips and a MOSi Mosaic HUB!
MOSi is a new online school with a dedicated website, but is not ready for release.
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