While mosaic tile surfaces look intricate, creating these tiled designs may not be as difficult as you expect. The options for installing mosaic tiles are to create your own designs with individual tiles or to purchase sheets of tiles mounted on a mesh backing. .
Sheet tiles are easier than individual tiles to install as they come in sheets, typically 12-by-12-inches with the tiles already glued to a mesh backing. You just install each sheet, ensuring the correct spacing between each one, and that they’re correctly aligned vertically and horizontally. If you need less than a complete sheet, cut along the mesh to obtain the required number of tiles in the shape you need. Create your own patterns by buying tiles of sheets in solid colors and cutting strips of color from each one.
Individual mosaic tiles are typically either 1-inch or 2-inches square, and laying them individually allows you total freedom in your design. However, you must line up each small tile with its neighbors and, unless you’re creating an abstract, organic design, you need to draw multiple grid lines to aid the tile placement and set the tiles a uniform distance apart by using spacers. This time-consuming task means that you must cover only a small section of the surface at a time with tile adhesive so that you can place all the tiles before the glue dries.
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