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          Mosaics


The mosaic process is very easy, relaxing, and fun.  After a piece is finished there is always a sense of accomplishment and pride. Please read below for a detailed  description of the steps in the mosaic process from start to finish. It is amazing that something so beautiful can be so simple. Use your imagination and create a masterpiece!  We have a nice selection of shapes, picture frames, tiles, etc. to choose from.  Or bring your own surface in and we will help you create your project.
Prices are per project and will differ depending on size, and amount and type of tiles used. Ex.  Frame and  6x 6 tile shown range approximately 25.00PP PLUS TAX
RANGE OF PRICES FROM 25.00PP ON UP

 How to Mosaic
step ONE
The first step in the mosaic process is to find a rigid surface to mosaic. We chose a Basic  Heart shaped Picture Frame, tile and  round sign.  G
step TWO
After you choose your surfaces, it is time to design your piece. Your only design limitation is your own imagination. You can draw it on paper first or lay it out on your surface. .
step THREE
If you want to cut and nip tiles for your designs, it is very simple. You can use either a Tile Nipper or Wheeled Glass Nipper. You will simply put your tile in the "mouth" of the tool and squeeze down. Nipping and cutting allows you to cut pieces to specific sizes for your designs. For children ,one of our staff can help nip or use , our pre-nipped glass in a wide variety of colors. 
step FOUR
Now that you have your first section of adhesive down, you will now apply your  (  mosaic pieces). Place each piece on top of your adhesive as desired. You need to leave a minimum of approximately 1/8" between each tile to leave room for grout. You can space your pieces out further if you like. A good rule of thumb is a 1/8" minimum and 1/2" maximum space between pieces.
step FIVE
Lay down your next section of adhesive. Work in small areas at a time. This keeps your adhesive from drying out if you are working slowly. It will also give you stopping points if you want to take a break. You don't have to do a project in one sitting.
step SIX
Start applying the rest of your tiles to your piece. It can make it easier to grout if you make the pieces near the edge of your surface somewhat flush to the surface. Work section by section until you piece is completely covered as illustrated in step six below.
step SEVEN
 You can also mosaic the sides Like. You should let your adhesive set for 24-48 hours before grouting. After it has cured for this amount of time you are ready to grout your piece.
step EIGHT
We suggest that you use Gloves when working with Grout. It is non-toxic, but it can dry your hands out. You can easily go through 2 or 3 pairs of Gloves while grouting. Apply the grout with your fingers. It is sorta like icing a cake with your hands. Press it down in the spaces between your pieces. Sculpt it on your edges to make a nice smooth edge. Generously cover your entire piece.
step NINE
Once you have covered your entire piece and filled all of the spaces, wipe off as much of the excess as you can with your gloves or hands. After you do this you are going to let it sit for 20-30 minutes or until the grout become hazy on the piece.
step TEN
Now, take a very slightly dampened sponge or cloth and begin wiping the haze off. You can then use a dry cloth or your hands to remove the remaining haze and residual grout. Try to remove as much grout as possible. If you don't get it off now, it will be much harder to do so later. Clean each tile if you desire. Do not use paper towels, they flake off and stick in your grout.
step ELEVEN
You are done with your grout. Throw it away. Never wash it down the sink! If needed, take a cloth or sponge and polish your piece up. If you did not mosaic the edges of your piece, you can finish it with an acrylic that matches your grout. The end!
step TWELVE
Enjoy your new masterpiece!







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