Picture of Floor Tile Mosaic Insert
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This project, my first attempt at a tile mosaic, and a way of using up some surplus tile left after tilling the basement floor. The mosaic looks complicated, but is not. I installed it in the foyer of our bungalow (raised ranch) centered under a hanging lamp. In the following steps I will show you what I did, including a couple of mistakes I made, (hopefully not showing up in the above final product.)

To do this project you will need the following tools:
  • A  wet diamond tile saw. (Purchase from Home Depot for about $50, or rent from a tool store.)
  • 1 bag of tile cement referred to as Thinset
  • 1 bag of sanded grout, colour to match adjacent tile
  • bag of plastic tile seperators (1/8 inch and 1/4 inch thickness cross shaped.)
  • A piece of wall board/ gypsum board/ plywood, measuring 40 inches square (big enough to hold insert.)
  • blank paper to cover the board and on which you will sketch your design
  • Protractor
  • Compass made from stick about 20 inches long
  • a roll of clear plastic shelf protector (sticky.)

Skill set required:
Do it yourself skills with no fear trying new methods
Patience, plus measure twice cut once attitude! You need this one in spades.
Oscelot1 year ago
Would be fun to do this with peel and stick laminate tile pieces X3
Looks Great! It really changes the look of the place, well worth the work. Nice Job!
foobear3 years ago
fantastic - faved!
kenbob3 years ago
Beautiful! and great instructable too!
Robot Lover3 years ago
I always imagined this to be hard, but with the clear directions, I feel I could even do this!
I feel like this could be the slogan for Instructables.
cobourgdave (author)  Robot Lover3 years ago
Thanks, I am pleased you found the instructions useful. I hope you do take a crack at it. It is not the purest appproach to mosaics but I sure enjoyed making it.
oferprat3 years ago
Amazing work!
cobourgdave (author)  oferprat3 years ago
Thank you
Awesome. I love all the tips on how to fix things when they go wonky and how to properly do it from the beginning. :)
cobourgdave (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Coming from a Pro like yourself with 92 contributions, that is great praise! I have found making mistakes when you first try a technique is one of the best ways to learn. The mosaic techniques I read about were scaring the liver out of me. This project put the tasks into perspective. Many thanks for your comment
Great project! You must be a patient and persistant craftsman. Your work shows it.

cobourgdave (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
Many thanks for your comment
mikeasaurus3 years ago
wow, great workmanship!
cobourgdave (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Again praise from another Pro. You guys are awesome, and I really value the comments. Thanks
cobourgdave (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
All you Pros with multiple entries making kind remarks is very encouraging. Thanks
Bongmaster3 years ago
wonderful :)
cobourgdave (author)  Bongmaster3 years ago
Thank you.
Crabby3 years ago
cobourgdave (author)  Crabby3 years ago
Thank you