Make a splash with this mosaic mirror
You will need:
- 12mm Supawood cut to size
- 10mm drill bit and drill/driver
- 240-grit sandpaper
- 4 of mirror brackets and small screws
- Picture frame hanging wire
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch – Jade
- Mosaic bits – blue and white
- Assorted sea shells
- Masking tape
- Straightedge or steel ruler
- fischer construction adhesive
- Small trowel
1. You will find detailed instructions for cutting out the dolphin and waves detail in the May 2008 issue of Home-Dzine Online. The process is very simple: Draw your design onto the supawood with a pencil, drill a 10mm hole in the centre of the dolphin to allow insertion of the fretsaw or scrolling jigsaw blade, and cut out. The waves are cut by starting at the side with continuous back and forward strokes.
2. It is easier to spray the project with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch – Jade – before applying the mosaic pattern. You can always touch up after you have completed the project.
3. Use masking tape to mask off the edge and protect the painted surface.
4. Instead of tile adhesive, I used fischer construction adhesive for additional strength and flexibility. Apply a long, wavy bead of glue over the surface.
5. Work your way along the edge of the frame, positioning mosaic pieces and shells as you go along. The adhesive takes about 30 minutes to set, so you have plenty of time to work.
6. Let the adhesive cure overnight.
7. Use a small trowel to apply a layer off grout over the mosaic area. I also used a small paintbrush to push grout into small, tight areas. Once you have applied over the entire area, leave for 30 minutes and then regularly dip the trowel in clean water to smooth off the outer edge of the frame for a neat surface. Remove the masking tape and wipe clean with a slightly damp cloth.
8. Use a square mirror cut slightly larger than the opening and affix to the back using mirror brackets and small screws. Make sure that the screws are short enough not to go right through the thickness of the supawood.
9. Use picture framing wire and two screws to affix a fastening to the back of the frame for hanging. Be sure to determine the exact centre of the board so that the mirror will always hang straight.Bathrooms, How-To