About the Tiles
Natural stone tiles can come from many sources including riverbeds, mountains and the ocean. The most typical tiles used in homes today are travertine tiles, marble flooring, limestone, granite surfaces and slate.
Creating your Stone Tile Mosaic
Each stone has its own special charm and allure, but when brought together in a collaboration of colors, textures and finishes, they can create a rich masterpiece that is a beauty to behold.
Creating a mosaic wall is not as easy as it sounds since it takes a great deal of organization, patience and persistence to create a cohesive image. As such, you'll probably need to plan out to your design on paper in advance. After you're satisfied with your initial design you'll need to round up your materials and create a work space.
Take a piece of fiberglass mesh about the size of the mosaic you have chosen to create. You will then begin to glue you mosaic titles to the fiberglass mesh and create the design. Make sure that the spaces between your pieces are no more than 1/8 of an inch. If you find it too difficult to work with the large sheet of mesh you can cut it into smaller squares, the best size is probably around 1 foot by 1 foot and work with it that way. You'll need to use specialty glue created just for gluing tiles.
Once you have the tiles arranged and glued into the design you desire, you would then begin the grouting process. When you prepare for grouting, you first need to make sure that your stones are sealed, especially with natural stone tiles. Once you’re sure they’re sealed, you can then mix the grout according to the directions on the package; spread the grout into the cracks of the mosaic, careful to fill every single one. It is wise to clean off your stones along the way, so that the grout doesn’t dry on our stones, covering them. You want everyone to see your creation.