How to Make a Mosaic Design on a Glass Plate

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How to Make a Mosaic Design on a Glass Plate
A colourful mosaic design on a glass plate (Mosaic Swirls image by Towards Ithaca from

A mosaic is an artistic creation that is assembled using tiny pieces of broken glass, stone or pre-shaped mosaic tiles. It can serve as artwork, or it is often employed in various aspects of interior decoration and design. In ancient times mosaic was used in a variety of places like palaces, temples and villas to cover a myriad of surfaces. Nowadays, mosaic can be seen lining the walls of a modern shower, or even as a decorative accent covering the top of a bistro table in a cafe.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flat white plate
  • Sandpaper
  • Glass mosaic tiles
  • Mosaic adhesive
  • Paint scraper
  • Fitted rubber gloves
  • Cellulose sponge
  • Nylon sponge

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  1. 1

    Prepare the surface of the plate by buffing it with sandpaper. The surface needs a slight roughness so the tiles will adhere. Put on the rubber gloves.

  2. 2

    Spread mosaic grout onto the surface of the plate using the paint scraper. The layer needs 1/4 inch thickness.

  3. 3

    Attach the mosaic tiles to the plate lightly pressing them into the grout. Make sure you leave a bit of space between the tiles, but fill in the entire surface area of the top of the plate.

  4. 4

    Apply another layer of grout over the tiles making sure that you fill in the gaps in between.

  5. 5

    Wipe off excess grout from the surface of the tiles using the cellulose sponge. Buff in a circular motion to remove the grout.

  6. 6

    Clean the tiles with the nylon sponge after three hours. This will remove any residual debris.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to lay the tiles randomly you can, or design a specific pattern on the plate.

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