Step 5: Laying the stones

This is the most relaxing part, it took me about 7 hours - straight - no food and no breaks!

A few tips-

*Consider that the sizes of the stones are not always accurate - start with the part with the more important details - in that case if you don't have enough place left for the last row/column it's not such a big deal.

*Start with one of the bottom corners and use them as support for the stones.

*Try to avoid using too much sealant - it will cause the sealant to come out to the surface and you will have to spend time cleaning it later.

*Try to avoid pressing the stones too hard against the plywood - for the same reason.

*Make sure stones are straight all the time (not tilting sideways).

*Make sure stones are always exactly above the stones beneath them (to avoid shifting).

*Keep your hands clean from sealant so it won't cover the stones when touched.

*Always look at the printed page, you can mark your place every few rows.

*It is recommended to do the job in an open place or properly ventilated to avoid inhaling the sealant fumes.
ooterman3 years ago
Looks great!
Did you put any kind of clear coat on top to make it water proof? I understand the tiles are waterproof but water could get to the plywood underneath and cause it to warp.
Tzabary (author)  ooterman3 years ago
I'm going to put a coat of mosaic tiles sealer. It's a clear coat used mostly for ceramic mosaic tile for bathroom or kitchen use but I already have it so this is what I'm going to use. You can use all kinds of varnish or a special glass varnish. I have also seen people who have used Enamel paint or Epoxy coating which are more expensive. Good Luck with your project!