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Unread 05-27-2021, 05:11 PM   #1
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Does anybody else do this with mosaics?

Does anyone one else out there burn the back of mosaic sheets and let the thinset dry overnight before setting the tile the next day? Specifically in a vertical application. I just did this with Artistic tile's Oragami mosaic and it helped a lot. I set the mosaic out on a flat surface and used leftover thinset at the end of the day to burn the backside of each sheet. It seemed to help with cutting, setting, and hanging the sheets with wire nails nails. Also it kept any thinset from coming through the joints. Just wondering if anybody else does this. I tried to upload a picture of the material but I'm not sure that it worked
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Unread 05-27-2021, 05:13 PM   #2
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It worked, but the picture is sideways. Sorry I'm new to forums
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Unread 05-27-2021, 07:24 PM   #3
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Never tried it Rob, sounds like a cool idea for certain mosaics. If there are alot of joints in the mosaic I'd think it ooze to the finish side?
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Hi Rob,

If it works it's good.
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Unread 05-29-2021, 02:03 PM   #5
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Like Justin said, it might keep the bonding thinset from coming thru the joints but the burned in thinset may want to come thru. If it doesn't then it sounds like a good idea.

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Welcome, Rob.

I'm not grasping the concept. I presume by "burn the backs of mosaic sheets" you mean keying in thinset mortar to the whole back of a sheet and I can't see how you would keep the mortar from filling the joints between the tiles.

What am I missing?

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