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CoExist in Kindness Global Mosaic Project – Steelton, PA

The Coexist in Kindness Mosaic Mural is a collaborative, community project inviting glass and mosaic artists worldwide to submit a piece for inclusion. The goal of the project is to create a colorful and inviting space for the celebration of community, as well as a gathering place to exchange ideas and celebrate. This is the flagship project for the Coexist Alliance dedicated to empowering community through arts and education.
Feeding the neighborhood, hosting family friendly events, and sponsoring after school programs are just some examples of how we strive to include, engage, and build up the community we serve!

CoExist in Kindness Global Mosaic Project – Steelton, PA No Days Adhesives

The Coexist in Kindness Mosaic Mural is a collaborative, community project dedicated to empowering community through arts and education.  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://nodaysadhesives.com/2021/05/09/coexist-in-kindness-global-mosaic-project-steelton-pa/

If you’d like to send a mosaic flower to be incorporated into the community project, here are a few guidelines to consider.

Steelton, PA is located in an area that gets winters, with a freeze/thaw cycle, so if you are using tile or ceramics, they should be high fire and pass the no water absorption test. (That’s my fancy term for it. If the unglazed tile surface absorbs water, then it isn’t suitable for outdoor applications in areas where it freezes.) To do this test: Turn the tile over to the back side and put a drop of water on the unglazed surface. If the water beads up on the surface, the tile is suitable to use. If the water absorbs into the piece, then it will absorb water and possibly freeze and crumble after installation.

Glass and Mirror are suitable for use. If you have questions as to whether something you want to include in your mosaic is suitable, ask in the comments below!

Submissions can be any size up to about 8″-10″

It will be easiest for you to pack and ship smaller pieces. We’re asking that you build your creation on fiberglass mesh, and there are two resource videos you can watch to get an idea of how you’d like to proceed in putting your piece together. (Remember that if you use transparent glass, the mesh will be visible behind the glass!)

For building on No Days Mosaic Mesh and packaging your project for mailing:

No Days Mosaic Mesh is the less messy way to make your project. The glue is in the mesh, so there’s no need to worry about using too much adhesive, or mixing thinset and getting it all over everything!

For more information and to keep up with the progress of the project, visit the Facebook group, CoExist in Kindness Global Mosaic Mural Project.

Image source attribution: Abstract vector created by macrovector – www.freepik.com

Thank you to everyone who is interested in participating! This will be a really dynamic mosaic mural with all different kinds of submissions bridging various techniques in the mosaic and glass communities. We’re super excited to see it come together! Our installation day will be in August, so we’re asking folks to please get your submissions in the mail by July 1, 2021 so there is plenty of time for them to arrive to the destination.


Address the submissions to:
CoExist Mural Project
310 S Front St
Steelton, PA 17113
USA

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No Days Mosaic Mesh Advice from Leigh Adams

Hi Leigh, I just received my first order of No Days and am loving it! First, I just wanted to say thanks for the work you did here, pioneering this product for mosaic artists! 

Corn accents on No Days Mosaic Mesh, which
will be affixed to the wedi board using thinset.

Second, a question: the No Days Mesh came with an opaque release paper, and the instructions recommended I sketch my design directly onto the mesh. I found I can’t achieve the level of detail I want by doing this, and would love to have my image directly behind the mesh to guide my work. Could you recommend a CLEAR, heat-resistant release paper I could use behind the mesh that would not obscure my image? Thanks so much for your time! Cheers! ~Lynn

I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying the No Days mesh, Lynn! Since it is easiest to work in one foot squares (for installation purposes as well as ease of using the kitchen oven to adhere the tesserae), I create my design on any paper I want and divide it into workable shapes that I can piece together easily and conveniently. Then, instead of using the release paper (save it!), I use waxed paper and put the mesh on top of that. You can see your design and the mesh can be heated and will release. CAUTION! Test your wax paper. Some recent purchases have not been adequately strong, the paper was inferior. Try a test square and keep notes on what works for you And please let me see what you do!

Four 12″ squares of mosaic built on No Days Mosaic Mesh

UPDATE: I have found that Reynolds Parchment paper (the side with the writing on it) will also work well as a release liner.