Introduction: HAMLET MIRROR MOSAIC
"to be or not to be, that is the question."
Step 1: Tools
a skull (fake of course)
cement based adhesive
grout (any color)
latex or rubber gloves
Step 2: Scoring the Skull and Cutting Mirror Bits
First you want to score your skull. This is best done using an exacto knife. Gently scratch the surface of the skull to create little grooves in which the grout will stick. Next cut up pieces of mirrors using the tile cutters. You should cut pieces in various shapes and sizes.
Step 3: Attaching Mirror
After cutting up bits of mirror, apply the cement based adhesive onto the backs of the mirror using a popsicle stick. Next arrange pieces as if you were doing a puzzle.
Step 4: Grouting
after you have covered the entire skull in mirror bits, let it sit and dry for 24 hours. then its time to grout. after choosing which color grout you like, mix a couple handfuls of grout in a bucket with water. make sure to have more grout that water in your mixture. the grout should come out thick like guacamole. let it sit for 5-10 minutes before applying
next put on your gloves to apply grout. grab a handful of grout and slab it on the skull. because the grout mixture is thick it is easy to push it down into the grooves. this must be done gently because you don't want to knock any mirror bits loose. after covering the entire skull in grout, let it sit for a couple minutes so that it will start hardening
Step 6: Wipe Clean
After the grout has set for a few minutes, you can start cleaning your skull. this is best done with a damp papertowel or sponge. make sure its DAMP and not wet. gently clean off the grout, shine your piece, and enjoy!
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