Once we have final approval on the design, the next step is to order all the necessary materials. During the design process, we will have discussed the material list best for your project. For floors there are many options, such as marble, floor-appropriate glass, stoneware, and pebbles. The material choice depends largely on cost, colors, the design, and durability of the particular site.
For the project we will use a few different tools, depending on the final materials. Our basic tools are glass cutters and breakers, manual tile cutter, wheeled nippers, hand held marble cutters, and wet tile power saw.
Finally, we are ready to install! We ship the mosaic to the job site. We will have already checked in with the client to ensure the job site is ready for installation. If you are hiring someone local, we will provide any necessary installation instructions. If we are installing for you, we will ship some of our tools and purchase anything else at your local hardware store. We use thinset mortar with polymer added to attach the mosaic to the floor. We mortar a workable area and one at a time, place the "puzzle pieces" back together. Once the mortar has dried, we remove the tile tape from the face of the mosaic and apply a layer of top grout. The mosaic is thoroughly cleaned, and sealed if necessary. Congratulations! Your mosaic is now complete and ready to be enjoyed by you, your family, and friends.
We hope you have enjoyed this series and found it useful! Hopefully you feel a little more informed about the full process, and inspired to start thinking about your next custom mosaic.