1. Starting from the bottom up:
- You may want a mobile work surface (for your comfort) to tape your project to.
- Tape or clip your Template to your work surface
2. Template with your tracing-paper cartoon overlay.
*note: You may skip this step and draw directly on your template if you're confident in your design.
3. On top of your cartoon you will layer clear plastic.
Don't forget this step or your template/cartoon will be glued to your mosaic!
4. Layer your fiberglass mesh on top of the clear plastic layer.
You are now ready to start your mosaic :)
5. Apply your adhesive to only a small area of the tesserae.
* Left to right: Weldbond, Mac Glue, Dap Adhesive Caulk
8. Once the adhesive has dried and has been peeled away from the plastic, your new mesh mosaic should still be very flexible.
Packaging a mesh mosaic to survive the mail
- A mailing envelope that's only a bit larger than your mesh mosaic. If it has padding or bubbles, even better.
- 2 pieces of rigid cardboard cut at least 1/2" larger than the mesh edge of your mosaic.
Strong tape (regular gift-wrapping tape is not strong enough)
On 1 piece of the cardboard, tape down the entire edge of the mesh surrounding the mosaic.
Lay the 2nd piece of cardboard over the mosaic...like a mosaic sandwich and tape the cardboard edges together.
If you are using mosaic mesh and don’t plan to mail your piece out - Then, trim the mesh as close to the tesserae as possible before adhering it to the substrate of your choice.
- Using mesh for mosaics in this way is also very useful when working on vertical, curved and 3D pieces.
- The meshed mosaic needs to be adhered with an adhesive that has the ability to squish up through the mesh, for example: thinset and DAP