Mosaic Sign Installation, Day Two

installing tile mosaic

Once the adhesive was dry on the cement board, the next step was to see how closely the mosaic would fit the sign form— Both were created using the same drawing, but given that they were being made separately, in two different locations, by 3 sets of different people, there was a pretty good chance that they might not match up exactly. As it turned out, there was a little more divergence than I wanted but it was very, very close. So I spent the morning cutting and fitting some more tile on the dorsal fin and some of the trout’s back. Once I had it fitting exactly, it was time to mortar the sections into place. I drew an outline of the trout onto the cement board to guide placement.

Signinstall_05    Signinstall_06    Signinstall_07

The mosaic is taped together using a heavy duty polyethelene tape (part number #358 from Can-Do National Tape). This holds the pieces in place for installation. In order to move the mosaic without damage, it’s necessary to cut it into sections. Pic one above, shows the disassembled mosaic. I drew lines to show approximate placement so that I would know how much mortar to apply for each section. Pic two show the trout mortared in place, and number three shows where I left at at the end of the day. Although the background is straight black, it still takes time to cut all the pieces to fit around the trout and later the lettering. In fact, the backgrounds are a little frustrating because they require just as much attention and skill as the image areas, without the satisfaction of seeing the image coming to life.

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