Mosaic Tabletop – Progress

Well, today I finally finished gluing down the last 2 panels of this table commission that has been consuming my life for the last couple months… It’s very exciting, but by the same token I still see how much work there is. Firstly, I need to move it out of my studio (!), then I need to seal the tiles before grouting and then finally seal it all over again. I’ve used the unglazed porcelain tile, and in my experience they tend to get easily stained by the grout. The trick is to seal the tile before grouting… I need to move it out of the studio now before I grout because it already weighs a ton and I have no idea how I’m going to move it. When I started on it I had to have it in the studio because I could only work on this table after hours and it was still freezing outside. I thought I’d be able to take the substrate up and that’d be easy enough, but I’m loathe to try and get it out for fear of messing it all up! I could always take the windows of my studio out, lol!

Anyway, I’m very happy with it. I can actually look at it now and think OK! That’s what it is supposed to look like 😉 Almost  all of it has been made with the reverse-indirect method. I have that down pat now! I know the best glue to use, the best dilution necessary, the best way to cut out the paper to fit correctly, lol… The things you learn by doing huh!? Plus all the tile has been hand cut.

Last 2 panels ready

Last 2 panels glued down

Ready for clean up and grout

My original plan was to use a light grey grout. I decided to do a grout test, to compare the grey vs. a light brown. I ran out to the hardware store to get a couple light browns only to get home to find out that one of them contained the wrong colour grout. I hate that! Where’s the quality control?! So in the end I could only do one of the browns, which is fine really as it gives me an idea. Needless to say my gut instinct is always right. I’m going with the light grey 🙂 I really think you can get to complicated with grouting. Though I have been known to use different colour grouts, I am a strong believer in keeping it simple. For my work atleast it’s my tile that speaks louder, not my grout lines so that’s what generally works for me. The overall feel of the table was to be coo/light in colour. I think I get that more from the grey. Although I don’t mind the brown, it’s a much warmer tone and really creates a different feel.

Grout Test - light grey

Grout Test - Beige

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