How to use broken mirror pieces as tiles

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How to use broken mirror pieces as tiles
Use broken mirror pieces to create a gorgeous trash-to-treasure mosaic. (leather boot on broken mirror image by Andrejs Pidjass from Fotolia.com)

A broken mirror doesn't have to bring seven years of bad luck. It can bring many years of enjoyment if you use the broken mirror pieces as tiles to make a beautiful mosaic for your home. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Small collections of pieces make a beautiful picture or mirror frame. Large collections create a stunning table top, tray or even a kitchen back splash. Add interest to your project -- and get extra mileage from your materials -- by combining the mirror pieces with shards of pottery, ceramic or stoneware.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Solid surface for base
  • Craft knife
  • Pieces of broken mirror
  • Adhesive, such as Weldbond or Liquid Nails
  • Grout, pre-mixed or powder
  • Spatula, preferably stiff rubber with a flat edge
  • Damp cloth
  • Dry cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Score the mosaic surface, if possible. Use a craft knife to create a small crosshatch pattern in order to give it "teeth" to help the adhesive stick. Very rigid surfaces like wood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and thick chipboard work well.

  2. 2

    Lay out your design by placing the mirror pieces on the surface you're going to mosaic. Leave 1/8 to 1/4 inch of space between each piece for grout.

  3. 3

    Attach the mirror pieces to the surface with adhesive. Apply to the back of a piece, press into place, and then remove immediately and allow to dry for a few minutes -- if your surface is smooth and you were not able to score it. Replace the piece when the adhesive is tacky. Press into place.

  4. 4

    Adhere remaining pieces. Make sure each one sits flat and as flush as possible with the other pieces.

  5. 5

    Allow your project to dry for 12 to 24 hours, or according to the adhesive manufacturer's recommendations for cure time.

  6. 6

    Mix grout, if you purchased the powdered mix, according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  7. 7

    Scoop a small amount of grout with the spatula and apply it to the mosaic. Push the grout between each piece and scrape the surface to smooth it. Use small amounts at a time, and try to fill the gaps completely, so that there are no air bubbles.

  8. 8

    Wipe grout off the mirror pieces with the damp cloth as the grout begins to dry. Work with a light touch to remove most of the haze. Allow your project to dry for 24 hours at room temperature.

  9. 9

    Buff your mosaic with a dry cloth to remove remaining grout residue, and polish the mirror pieces.

Tips and warnings

  • Dye the grout any colour you choose by mixing in acrylic paint. Use just enough to achieve the colour you desire. Allow extra drying time.
  • Use a concrete grout if your mosaic will be kept outside.
  • Broken mirror pieces can splinter -- wear safety gloves and glasses.

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