Making mosaics can be a fun hobby and mosaic tables can be beautiful and unique. To make a mosiac, you use different colored ceramic pieces are placed together to make a pattern. In this case the table top. Mosaic tables are often used with a wrought iron base as part of a patio set, but can work in any part of the home.
Step 1: Getting the Table Base Ready
Before starting the procedure the tabletop is prepared. The tabletop has to have a plywood surface so that the tiles can stick firmly. If the tabletop is wooden then a piece similar in measurement is cut and fixed on the tabletop. Holes are drilled and nuts and bolts are used to hold the two surfaces together. Another very good suggestion is to use an iron tabletop that has a mesh of metal as surface. This way the holes have to be made plywood depth. The wire mesh holds the bolt from the other side.
Step 2: Preparing Table top Sides
The tabletop has to be bounded by the sides before the tiles are fixed in place. Wooden trim serves the purpose. This trim has to be soaked in water for a few hours. This makes it soft and compliant. Wetting the trim helps form a round table boundary. These pieces are hammered in place with the help of small nails. Make sure that all the boundary is secured.
Step 3: Preparing a Stencil for Mosaic Work
A large paper is taken and cut according to the shape of the tabletop. Using this a scale a pattern is drawn. This pattern is followed later. This pattern is now drawn on the prepared tabletop.
Step 4: Preparing Tiles for Mosaic Work
The tiles are taken separately and wrapped in a towel. This package is then lightly beaten with the help of a hammer. Upon opening the towel tile pieces are obtained. This procedure is repeated with different colored tiles. Placing each separately.
Step 5: Placing the Tile in Mosaic Pattern
The broken smaller pieces are set together. Glue needs to be splattered on the surface before tiles are set up for a mosaic pattern. At this stage white putty is also used to fill gaps. This has to be left to dry. The maximum drying time is one day.
Step 6: Using Grout
When a mosaic pattern is achieved, the tiles being broken leave larger gaps between tiles. There is a material available at local paint stores. It is called grout. Basic colors are purchased; these are then mixed with the grout to give different shades. The grout mixture is used to fill the broken edges of tiles. A moist sponge is best as a wipe for cleaning the surface.
Step 7: Applying Gloss Coat
When the mosaic table is complete, a last coat of high gloss fluid should make the surface shiny again. This resin is left to dry for hours till it reaches its final look.