Can stained glass be used for mosaic tile?
Stained glass can be used in mosaic artwork in two different ways. The stained glass can be cut up into small tesserae (pieces) just like glass mosaic tile in a typical mosaic approach, or it can be used in larger pieces similar to how it is used in stained glass artwork.
Do mosaic tiles need grout?
The majority of mosaic tiles are netted with a 1/8-inch grout joint. In these cases, a sanded grout is needed to fill the joint. If your mosaic tiles have a smaller grout joint, such as hand cut glass mosaics, use unsanded grout.
Do you seal mosaic tile before grouting?
Seal Before Grouting
Seal your raw stone tiles before grouting. If you don’t apply sealer first, grout will stick tenaciously to the tile surface, and it will be extremely difficult to get off. Grout may also discolor the unsealed tile. Clean any mortar or debris off the tile surface.
Should I use sanded or unsanded grout for mosaics?
Sanded VS Unsanded
Due to its hardness and shape of the grains, the silica on the grout can scratch the surface of the glass or metal chips, damaging your mosaic tiles forever. That is why tile manufacturers usually recommend the use of unsanded grout for glass mosaic tiles.
Can you use sanded grout on glass mosaic tile?
It’s important to use a nonsanded grout with glass tiles, as sanded grouts can potentially scratch the glass surface. This grout should only be used with grout lines between 1/16″ – 1/8″ (1.5 mm – 3 mm). If you are considering larger than 1/8″ grout lines with your subway tiles consider using a sanded grout.