How to Install a Mesh Back on Mosaic Glass Tiles

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How to Install a Mesh Back on Mosaic Glass Tiles
Adhering mosaic tiles to mesh prior to installing makes large mosaics a whole lot easier. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

For mosaic work installed on walls or in areas difficult to reach, it is common practice to first glue portions of the mosaic to mesh -- usually fibreglass mesh -- so that large sections of the mosaic can be installed at one time, instead of tile by tile. Attaching the mosaic tile, whether glass or otherwise, to a mesh backing is relatively simple. If the mosaic is going somewhere particularly hard to get at, it is also possible to grout the tile while on the mesh before installing it in place.

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Things you need

  • Butcher's paper
  • Scissors
  • Fibreglass mesh
  • Mosaic tile glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Mosaic glass tiles

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  1. 1

    Draw your mosaic design onto the butcher's paper, then cut the design into 12-inch squares. Number the squares in sequence so you remember how the design goes.

  2. 2

    Cut the mesh into 12-inch squares and set a mesh square on top of each of the paper design squares.

  3. 3

    Brush on a thin layer of mosaic tile glue onto one square of mesh then place the mosaic tiles onto the mesh and glue as per the design, leaving a grout gap of around 1/8 inch between each tile.

  4. 4

    Peel the paper design off of the back of the mesh when the glue is tacky, then set the mesh and tiles aside to set. Place the paper design you just completed on top of the drying mesh square while you complete the other mesh squares.

  5. 5

    Continue in the same manner until all the design squares are completed. Once all the design has been transferred to the fibreglass mesh, the mosaic can be installed where desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Mosaic on mesh backing can also be used on curved surfaces and around corners.

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