Did you know? Here is an assortment of tips that I have collected over the years when working in mosaics, working with mosaic teachers and students. There might be some you haven't heard of.
- Clear, plastic bags that seal or clear containers are super handy for storing tesserae so you can see what's in them.
- Never use your hands to push away shards, a small dust pan and whisk broom will keep you from cutting yourself.
- Step away from your mosaic occasionally to assess any mistakes and to see where you need to make changes.
- Cutting your tesserae over a small bin helps catch those small fragments and save time on clean-up.
- Small plastic cups are great for mixing small amounts of thinset and grout in and when you're done, just toss away with no cleanup.
- Record the grout color you use for each mosaic project in case you have to go back and do repairs, then there's no guess-work.
- Before you begin your mosaic project, always know how you will frame or hang your piece or how it will be installed.
- Wooden (craft) sticks are perfect for stirring up small amounts of adhesive and grout - even for 'buttering' the backs of tiles; just use and toss!
These are just a few tips and tricks – I encourage you to share your tips and tricks with other mosaic artists. That's how we all learn!