Mosaic

The grouting begins! With all these small pieces, it is pretty difficult to determine how much I will need.  I am using two colors, hence the tape.  These photos are taken over a few days.  I was very optimistic about finishing quickly but the grout had other ideas!
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The grout is reasonable cooperative about staying behind the tape lines.  It is also good at blending in too big of gaps between the tiles, etc.  if you use a color that blends in.  If I had done a light color, it would have accentuated the gaps and stood out more.  There are times and places to do this.

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The amount of grout I could reasonably handle in  one sitting.  (You have to go back over it and wipe it with a damp sponge and clean it–if it gets too dry on you it is a lot more work.)

 

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There are a few measures I took to help deal with flexing.  This is a wall with a gate, which means movement.  The brick will also heat and cool with temperature, and flex.  I used this product instead of water.  It is meant to help with this.  (One cup C-Cure to three cups grout for my size workload.)  I also made sure my mosaic didn’t actually touch a perpendicular wall.  That way if one presses against the other it won’t pop off my pieces or crack the grout.  I thought the gap would bother me but I don’t really see it much.  Also when grouting or doing any other type of project, make sure you are protecting your lungs, your eyes, your skin…. read those safety rules, people!

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And in all the irony, and the agony, this is where I ran out of pewter grey.  25 pounds of grout and I run out HERE???  And they didn’t have the 7 pound boxes, so I had to buy another 25 pound bag!  :/

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~ by collidescopes on April 29, 2014.

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