Mesh substitute

ernie85017, zn 9, phxSeptember 20, 2011

I have been reading Silvamae's blog and realized how freeing the mesh would be for outdoor work. It's still too hot here to work outside.

Is there any reason I should not use regular window screen mesh for backing? Fiberglass or metal?

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I have seen on other forums where people warn against it, especially mentioning not to use metal screen, reason being that it might rust. I don't see why you couldn't use fiberglass but I can't speak from experience.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 4:38PM
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I just remembered another concern about window screen. Someone said that the holes might be too small for the thinset to effectively ooze through and that your mosaic piece might not adhere firmly to the substrate.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 10:58PM
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I use the fiberglass screen - on a roll from Lowes, and have had no problems w/it. I push the tile on real firmly to ensure seepage underneath, then when I attach the piece - as I did on the water feature w/faces - I use lots of adhesive. I even grouted the pieces b/f attaching. I also used it on a large indoor project - one I started in PV, rolled up and brought back to finish at home. Also used it on a small section of the first section of the fountain surround off my patio. I love it, and it's lots cheaper than ordering from mosaic sites.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 8:12AM
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ernie85017, zn 9, phx

Thanks for your imput!
I am spending so much $$ on glass and dishes that I gotta save somewhere!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 2:02PM
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Good to know, Slow! Thanks.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 5:03PM
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I also have been wondering about the mesh used as a backing and where to get it and what it's called.
Slow: are you referring to fiberglass screen that you would purchase in the window department?

Silvamae: what type of mesh did you use on your butterflies? and where do you get it from?

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 2:53PM
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Yes, CRAFTY - the kind used to make window and door screens.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 3:37PM
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I buy mine at Wits End Mosaics. I notice that Maryland Mosaics also carries it.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 5:11PM
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Thanks ladies.
Gotta get my pics posted of my completed projects. Maybe tommorrow

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 6:16PM
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. .i am anxious to try this myself. .Anyone that has tried Vinyl coated fiberglass window screen (plastic)that i can find says that it works just fine.Thinset manufactures report that modified thinset (thinset with special bonding agents added) will react with aluminum and not bond properly. ( But )You may be able to use unmodified thinset (basicly cement mixed with sand )with aluminum window screen.or another type of screen like coated metal screen or stainless steel if you happen to have some laying in the recycle Bin . or Stony Tile . .
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    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 9:53AM
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There is a guy in town who does super amazing mosaic murals and he uses landscape fabric!! Plus he uses a modifyed cement mixer to tumble all his marble!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 1:54PM
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