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Old 04-04-2010, 09:57 AM   #1
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gluing glass tile to a glass mirror

I am going to be doing a kitchen backsplash with glass mosiac.

There is a mirror in the kitchen which I want to glue a border of leftover tile around to coordinate the design in the room.

What would be the best way to glue this glass tile to the glass mirror?

It'd have to be clear, I will not be grouting this tile border, the idea would be for the mirror to show between the tiles, it should look pretty with the light shown on it.

I've been to the store and some clear glue made for glass is like... $6 for a little tube, and I'd need a bunch to do the entire mirror, since it is like 4x4.

Could I use just clear silicone? It'd still be moderately expensive, but not too bad. It wouldn't be a really strong bond, but it only has to resist the force of gravity.

The best option would be some sort of clear adhesive I could brush on. I wonder if a clear polyurethane or something of that sort would work. Probably not, nothing for it to grip on the mirror. Maybe if I scuffed up the mirror with a diamond brush, but then I'd lose some sparkle.

Anyone done something like this before?
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:04 AM   #2
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Mayhaps clear epoxy. 3M (among many others) makes some for bonding glass. A interweb search should offer quite a few 'hits'.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:14 AM   #3
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Silicone would work just fine. It is used to adhere stuff to glass all the time. You would want to spread it evenly across the back of the tiles. No need to rough up the mirror, just make sure it is clean.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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I've made mirrors with glass tiles on them before. I use a 2 part epoxy from HD or Lowes. It comes in a double syringe looking contraption with resin in one and hardener in the other. You can get the kind that sets in 90 seconds, 5 minutes or 1 hour, etc. Works great.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:38 AM   #5
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right, I could use epoxy, but if in total I'm doing... like 8 total square feet of tile, that is a lot of epoxy, and it isn't cheap when you buy those little syringes.
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Do be aware that you will be able to see through the thickness of the mirror to the back side of the tiles. I have found this doesn't come out as well as the idea sounds on paper. I would do a test sample with a 12x12 mirror tile from HD to see what it will look like.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:59 AM   #7
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You mean from the edges? Ya I know, you run into the same thing when doing stained glass work.

I will be putting a wood border around the mirror once it is on the wall to deal with that.

Of course because the shiny part of the mirror is the back I'd be able to see it around the inside edge of the border too... but with using a clear glue and with tiles that do not have an unattractive backside, hopefully it won't be a big deal.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:15 PM   #8
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All the above mentioned adhesives should work, glass needs to be cleaned well with alcohol. The edges (grout lines) are visible so any squeezed out adhesive will show.

How about something like 3M Adhesive Transfer Tape? It's really thin, comes clear in various widths, and you could trim it to fit to minimize the revealed edge.

Double sided adhesive foam tape would work too but I've never seen it in clear and since it has thickness you would see the (white) edge.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:25 PM   #9
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I'm unfamiliar with double sides tapes, other than the one time I did a vinyl floor. Where would I find this doublesided clear adhesive tape?
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Talk to a local granite shop or look online for a clear knife grade 2 part epoxy. They use it for seams. You can get it in quart and gallon cans. It's a little pricey but not as much as buying little tubes or syringes. PM one of the granite slab people here and axe em where to get it. I buy it from a fabricator friend o mine.
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Chris,

Without going into a long explanation there is a place in Arizona that sells a 29 minute knife grade epoxy. You will have to remove the space between the "de" and the "fusco" to get the link to work.

http://www.de fusco.com/Instant-Install-29-Minute-Epoxy-20Oz-Knife-Grade-1

I used it for making some tiles from travertine and black absolute granite. The stuff works.

If you want to use cyanoacrylate (SuperGlue) there are many places you can get quantities of it for much more reasonable prices than the little tubes. Here's a place in Southern California where you can get a 454 Gram bottle for under $40. (Please ignore their spelling of "premium". )

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Epoxy also comes in a larger size box for around $15. you have to mix it the old fashioned way, but it is available at HD. Also, WalMart has packages of 5 tubes super glue for $1, but you have to be careful ... it comes out fast!
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Here's an information page for 3M adhesive transfer tape:

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/VHB/Tapes/

3M has an online store or you may find tapes locally at sign/graphics supply stores.
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