Glass Mosaic Canada

Terminology

Andamento: is the word used to discribe the flow of the tesserae.

Buttering: To apply an adhesive to the back of mosaic tiles.

Direct Method: Tesserae are cut and adhered face up on the base.

Feathering: Adding grout to unlevelled tiles to achieve an even surface.

Glazed Ceramic: Wide colour selection and light refraction are pluses. Care in selection can assure frost resistance.

Grout: Is a mixture of cement and fine sand.

Gum Arabic: A water-based adhesive used to bond tesserae to paper.

Indirect Method: Tesserae are cut and adhered face down onto paper with water based glue, gum Arabic or wallpaper paste. This method is mainly used for large scale or outdoor projects.Remember to wax the board before taping down the brown paper with butcher's tape to prevent the paper from sticking to the board as a result of glue soaking through.

Metallic tiles: are known for its unique swirls and streaks that give variety of colour in each tile, they can add depth and light to any mosaic project
Metallic tiles are available in ¾” and 3/8”.


Mosaic: A contemorary art form which uses individual pieces of materials placed together leaving gaps between them to create a unified art piece.Materials used can be glass, ceramic, marble, pebble, mirror, shells, china and that is called tesserae.

Mosaic grout sealer: This a transparent matte finish sealer that protects the tile and the grout from water, dirt, food, and discolouration. Recommended for indoor use only.

Mosaic tile adhesive: is a water-based adhesive that dries clear. It is specifically designed for mosaics, allowing users more time to move pieces around before the adhesive sets. It can be used on different surfaces wood, plastic, glass, cement and most other surfaces.

Mosaic tile primer: This Primer prepares surfaces for adhesive and grout and can be used indoors or outdoors.

Opalescent tiles:
have an achromatic layer laminated on the surface of each tile to give an iridescent glow of rainbow colours. The glass is semi-opaque, semi-reflective, allowing some light through.  

Opus: Latin word for work.

Opus Cercumactum: Tiles are laid in quarter circles from each corner like a fan and meet in the middle.

Opus Palladianum: Irregular fitting leaving an even space between tiles.

Opus regulatum: Vertical and horizontal lines in regular grid.

Opus tessellatum: Tesserae laid in regular straight lines like bricks.

Opus vermiculatum:
tiles continually follow the contours of the image.

Premixed grout: This is a non-toxic, non-sanded grout for indoor use, it is easy to mix, apply and clean, and is good for grout spaces not wider than 1/8”.

Sanded grout: This is a construction-quality product that can be used indoors or outdoors. It can be used for grout lines of any size and is available in 10 colours.

Smalti: Chunks of enamelled opaque glass about 3/8x1/2x1/4 inch, they are uneven, glossy and reflective, has enormous intensity of colour, mainly handmade in Italy. It is produced in cakes, often 12” diameter and is cut down from these into rectangular tesserae.

Smalti tiles:
Are hard-fired, enamelled glass with a vibrant colour selection. The original material of the Byzantines. The surface is hand cut and highly light reflective.

Vitreous Glass: It is fired in kilns under high temperature to have rich and consistency of colour. They are waterproof, resilient and hard wearing so they can be used indoors and outdoors. The top is smooth, the bottom is rough, the edges are bevelled all this for luminous surface and strong adhesion to glues and grouts also they make a perfect right angle. They are easy to cut in any shape and can adhere to any reasonable smooth surface
Using these tiles you’ll be able to produce fantastic results following simple designs.
Our glass tiles are available in ¾”x ¾” 20x20 mm. or 3/8”x 3/8” 10x10 mm.

MDF :   Medium-Density Fiberboard.