Below are the steps for reverse indirect technique used in this project.
|Address Plaque by Sue Betanzos Designs|
|Layout your design with clear contact paper, sticky side up to prevent pieces from moving when placed.|
All laid out according to the design. Vermillion Flycatcher with prickly pear and bee.
|Firmly apply/adhere mosaic tile tape to the surface. A heavy grade clear tape for mosaics.|
|Carefully flip the mosaic. Now the backside is ready for a thin coat of grout and cement. The grout will fill from the back for an even front surface and prevent cement from seeping through.|
|Butter the substrate (1/2" Wedi board) and a very thin coat on top of the pre-grout. This ensures complete adhesion of all tiles for a firm bond. Vital for outdoor pieces to withstand weather.|
|Center and Seat the substrate onto the prepped area. This is already on a heavy cardboard bottom. Put another firm board on top to sandwich and flip so now the right side of the mosaic will be on top.|
|Once tile tape has been removed start cleaning excess grout with toothbrush, brushing off excess. The grout should be at the point where it can still be removed from the surface as it begins to harden more.|
|Certain areas will need more filing if the mosaic is mixed media, such as this one. Plus the edges and bottom still need finishing.|