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Making Mosaic Coaster At Home

Creating images by adding pigment to a flat surface is common for artists but creating patterns or shapes by arranging hundreds to thousands of tiny, colored tiles is known as Mosaic art. It's a unique art form. Mosaic is the art of creating images with assembling of small pieces of colored glass, stone, shells, woods or other materials.


Mosaic art continued to flourish in Roman times. Romans also used decorative mosaics for walls, fountains and more. Smaller tesserae, (Small stones and glass), more colors and more shades were also introduced during this period. The most intricate work of mosaic was made in small panels in Pompeii and many of them survived the volcanic eruption.

In modern times mosaic is one of the creative mediums used by artists and hobbyists to show their talent using this beautiful form of art.

Are you planning have some fun with mosaic ? Are you a beginner and don't know where to start? Then today's craft is for you.

Today we are going to make a simple 3" dia mosaic coaster using few simple steps.


Materials I used :

Glass Tiles (1cm square)

Wooden Circle (Dia-3” )

White Cement

Sponge

Rag

Superfine SandPaper

Wooden Stick

Plastic Spoon

Glue


Steps to follow:

Step 1: Prepare the base (wooden circle ) to glue the mosaic tiles on. Be sure to clean off any dirt.

Step 2: Arrange the tiles how you’d like and preview how they will look before you glue them on

Step 3: Spread the adhesive on the base with the wooden stick. You can use white craft glue.

Spread the adhesive over the whole surface of the base.

Step 4: Arrange the mosaic pieces according to your design.

While the adhesive is still wet, gently affix the mosaic tiles

Step 5: Let it dry for an hour. Prepare the white cement mixture.

Mix the cement carefully adding little water at a time.

It should be of a thick consistency.


Step 6: Apply the cement using the wooden stick. Lay newspaper down on your work surface and place the mosaic coaster on it. Cover the whole mosaic with cement, spreading it properly, filling in the creases between the tiles. It should cover the mosaic enough to fill the gaps.

Step 7: Let the cement set for one hours. Then, wipe the mosaic with a clean sponge and warm water.

Rinse out the sponge regularly as you wipe away cement from the surface of the tiles.

If there is any stubborn cement residue left on the mosaic, or if you wait too long after it sets to wipe it off, clean it off with a clean lint free cloth or a piece of crumpled newspaper. Remove big pieces of cement stuck to the mosaic pieces with a non-scratch nylon scouring pad or the wooden stick



Step 8: Using the sandpaper sand the sides of the coaster.








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