Look beyond the surface, when making a purchase.

One of the attractions of creating mosaic art is re-purposing materials to transform bland surfaces or objects. Mosaic tiles, which are primarily manufactured out of glass or ceramic for architectural applications on walls and floors, are the most lightweight, readily available and the most affordable. It is, however, important not to become too entranced by that gorgeous facing side. To create an enduring and successful piece of mosaic art, also pay attention to how the tiles you are curating for your next artwork, are backed…

SUBLIMATION BACKED: Sublimation-backed glass mosaic tiles, cabochons and plastic rhinestones are only suitable for interior applications. They are not UV resistant and will fade quickly if exposed. Identifiable by their white backing, these tiles and found objects feature flat, opaque colours, or digital textures and intricate designs which are first printed onto the opaque white backing and then trimmed and fused to blank, clear glass tiles or cabochons by heat processes.

MIRROR PAINTED: Glass mirror tiles are painted or sprayed with liquid aluminum in a process called 'silvering' which dates back to the 16th century. Quality

colour mirror tiles are made from coloured glass. The painted backing that is the magical bling of mirror glass that artists know and love, should be sealed on the back prior to mosaicing with it. Cement based adhesives in particular can corrode and dissolve the paint on the back.

MESH BACKED: Mosaic tiles adhered to fibre glass mesh. Easy to remove from mesh by soaking or pulling off by hand. Please note, however that PAINTED glass mosaic tiles- ie: any glass mosaic tiles which have that tell-tale white backing- may be damaged when you pull them off mesh as some paint can pull off the tile and stay adhered to the mesh.

HOT MELT TAB BACKED: A relative newcomer to mosaic backings, hot melt tab is the bane of any mosaic artist’s life ! It was devised in response to ‘upgraded’ standards introduced for architectural installatio