When I was walking our dogs recently, I came across a whole lot of tiles just dumped at the end of an industrial estate. Now, I could either walk on past or collect them and figure out what to do with them later. Off course I collected as much as I could carry, but just what to do with them, I wasn’t sure.
After deliberating for a bit, I decided to make a small mosaic house, which could then go on to be part of a larger mosaic.
I was lucky because the colours and designs were fun, which isn’t always the case when working with up-cycled tiles.
Using a hammer I carefully broke up the tiles into smaller pieces.
Always wear eye protection as hammering tiles can send small shards of sharp tiles flying everywhere and a pair of gloves to prevent the edges from cutting fingers.
Starting with a board I drew an outline of the house and began, quite literally, to mosaic by numbers.
Working within the outlines I picked different sizes and shapes of the tiles to fill in the spaces.
Next using tile adhesive I set every thing in place, leaving small gaps between the tiles.
Usually when everything is dried I fill the spaces with grout, but on this occasion, I continued with the tile adhesive filling in between all of the spaces using a small brush to pat in place.
I wasn’t worried about the tile adhesive covering the tiles, this would be washed away after the tiles dried.
After washing off some of the tile adhesive I needed to decide on the background.
Once the background is filled in, again using the tile adhesive to fill in the spaces, leave aside until it is totally dry.
Wash away any residue covering the tiles.
The final stage to finish off the piece is to cover the grey tile adhesive with a layer of white grout.
Again leave to dry before wiping any excess grout off the tiles.
The finished piece.