You can create trivets or plaques through homemade mosaics!
Mosaic is the art of gluing colored materials to a base to create a picture, pattern, or an image. Go to some of the old buildings, like churches and you will be sure to find some mosaic!
In most cases, ceramic tiles are used in the mosaic. However, other options are available to you. You can use ceramics or even glass dishes. Glass is beautiful but since it easily cracks, it can cause injuries and the fine pieces can no longer be used.
Another cost alternative is to use ceramic dishes. You can find old dishes in thrift shops, yard sales, and flea shops. If you’re lucky enough, you can find some old ceramic dishes in your home.
To create a trivet or a plaque that is 7×10 inches, you should have the following materials:
- Wood where you can cut-out the design; just make sure that you measure the size of the design
- One sq foot of ceramic dishes or tiles
- 1 cup of grout
- Water, white glue, masking tape, Ziploc bag, grout container, hammer, sponge, sandpaper, saw-tooth hanger, and a soft rag
If you’re going to use ceramic dishes or tiles, place them inside a Ziploc bag. Seal it and hammer the large pieces until they are broken into much smaller sizes.
Don’t forget to wear your safety goggles and gloves before doing this. Remove the tesserae from the Ziploc bag and place them on the work table.
Choose or create a design for your mosaic and layout the pieces on the drawing but don’t put glue yet. Leave half an inch between the tile and the border of the drawing. Try to maintain the space between each tile at 1/8 inch.
Divide the drawing into sections and place glue on the backside of each tile. Don’t worry if there are irregularities in the shape of the tiles; this gives beauty and uniqueness to the work.
Mix the group mixture and apply the grout from the center of the mosaic and work your way to the sides. Leave the plaque or the trivet for a day so it can rest and dry.
Wipe off excess grout and dirt using a damp sponge. If there are any grout holes, fill the space with grout once more.
For polishing, you can simply use a soft rag.
Homemade mosaics are very easy to make. Choose a simple design as a beginner and as you improve your skills, you can do ore complicated artwork.
Make a plaque or trivet now and display it at home or give it as a gift. It will catch the attention of your guests when they enter the room.