Non-alkaline mosaic fibreglass mesh is a commonly used material in the creation of mosaics. The mesh is used as a backing to hold mosaic tesserae in place during the creation process. The benefits of using mesh in mosaics are numerous, including:
Non-alkaline: Unlike some other types of mesh,this fibreglass mesh is non-alkaline, which means it is less likely to cause damage to the tiles or tesserae being used in the mosaic. Take care to only use non-alkaline mosaic mesh for mosaic projects.
Durable: Fibreglass is a strong and resilient material that is resistant to both moisture and temperature changes, making it ideal for use in mosaics that will be exposed to the elements. The mesh provides a strong foundation for the tiles, which can help prevent cracking or breaking over time.
Easy to work with: Make a mosaic on mesh to transfer to another site, project, work flat at your bench etc. Cut down large mesh designs for ease of intallation.
Some splicing may be necessary for curved or undulating shape such as pots or mosaic balls etc. A mix of the MOM and direct method is recommended in some mosaic projects.
- OzMosaics and the MOS Mosaic Online School provide workshops and tutorials to create mosaics on mesh, called the MOM Method.
The MOM method allows the mosaic maker to place a pattern on workbench, cover in plastic and if using standard, non-sticky mesh, start gluing down tesserae to the mesh to hold tesserae in place. Glue down each piece of tesserae with suitable glue for the project (select from Weldbond, Prep Adhesive and a range of Laticrete Australia thinsets (cement based adhesives).
- There are many other amazing applications using fibreglass mosaic standard mesh and sticky mesh.