|Cutting No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive with an exacto razor.|
If you’re new to using the No Days Groutless Mosaic Adhesive, I would definitely suggest a play date. Gather your tools and materials and get started:
- coaster substrate (can be mdf or even ceramic tiles from the hardware store)
- some trinkets, beads and glass or ceramic tiles
- glass cutting tools (mosaic nippers, glass scorer, running pliers, safety glasses)
- heat gun or embossing heat tool
- scissors or craft blade
- long heat proof tool to move the pieces around while heating (tweezers, screwdriver, craft blade, etc.)
|Placing glass tiles on the coaster substrate.|
After cutting the Groutless Mosaic Adhesive to the size of your coaster substrate, you can start adding tiles and bits on top. NOTE: You don’t have to be exact on cutting the Groutless. It’s okay if it’s a little large or a little small. Also, you may want to try layering the Groutless Mosaic Adhesive in areas to see the varying effects it creates. (The Groutess Mosaic Adhesive comes in sheets that are not tacky. You can cut the sheets and stack them on top of each other before laying tiles on top of them.)
After you’ve covered the adhesive, it’s time to heat set it. I call the Groutless Mosaic Adhesive a “participatory adhesive” (totally made up technical term). You really need to get in there and work with it as you’re heating. As it begins to liquify, some of your pieces may start to shift and move around. It’s okay, that’s supposed to happen, at first! If your pieces start sliding around and things are getting out of control, then turn off the heat gun and set it aside for a moment. Glass and ceramic are insulators, so they’ll hold the heat for awhile allowing you to move them into place. When the pieces are in the right spot, you need to push down on them to make the excess adhesive (causing the tiles to swim) press out from underneath the tiles and rise up around the outside edges of the tiles (to act as the grout). If the tiles stop moving, or the adhesive starts to wrinkle or ripple as you move your tiles, grab that heat gun and start heating again.
|Completed sample tile in less than 30 minutes.|
Once you’ve heated, moved and pressed on your tiles, you need to let the mosaic cool down. If you’ve been a good date and heated the glass or ceramic thoroughly, then it’s going to take a bit longer for the mosaic to cool down. Use this time to start another sample and switch things up a bit! See how far you can push your ideas. NOTE: I forgot to mention that sometimes the Groutless Mosaic Adhesive will shrink up while you’re heating, exposing the surface underneath. Don’t panic! Use your tool to push on the tiles, using them to move the adhesive around and cover up any bald spots.
|Create several samples tiles to create a larger mosaic of mosaics!|
Once you’ve created tiles, try building on a glass surface. Keep it small (~4-6″) and don’t forget to keep your heat gun moving. Larger pieces of glass can thermal shock when heated unevenly. For more on glass on glass mosaics using Groutless Mosaic Adhesive, check out this post.
For those of you who are visual learners and need to see the process, check out the video below: