mosaics beginner...with a few q's
good to know other people are artsy.
i am starting a new hobby. mosaics.
bought vitreous glass and some kind of smalti and the MDF (18mmthick, i guess that's 3/4" but not sure) and well... gonna start SOON...
i have a few q's and i hope someone will be kind and answer them.
my biggest one, that i'm gonna start with is a mirror. mirror will be 40x60cm, and the mosaic around 20 cm, making it a total 80x100cm. which is pretty heavy (the thick MDF, and the mosaics and grout...)...
not sure how heavy the final work will be. around 15-20 kg?
1. do i screw the hanging accessories before i glue the tiles and the mirror?
2. i bought some 2-screw D-rings and i wanna screw two as it's gonna be a really heavy piece. is there a right distance from margins? how LOW and how IN from the top margins. as the mosaicked part is 20 cm around, i was thinking about screwing in the screws a little lower and inner than those 20 cms. not sure if i am explaining well...
or maybe there is a right way to calculate where exactly to place the two D-rings??? how will they support the weight better? closer to the top/margins? more inside?
3. the design is drawn on the MDF board, the contour of the mirror is done... do i glue the mirror first and mosaic around??? i think this way i cam mosaic right close to the mirror.
4. do i mosaic all the way to the margins? i read there should be left a very small margin, not gluing tiles right to the edge. if i do it like this... do i use grout on the margins?
i think this is pretty much all i would like to know... for now...
thanks for all the answers i get :)