out of 5
Great for MosiacsSeptember 23, 2012
This tile at is terrific for creating mosaics! I create Mosiacs. from my own handmade tiles..... Various shapes and sizes of tiles, many of them less than 1/4 inch in size (circles, squares, triangles, etc). The problem with using thinset with such tiles is that it is impossible to work with small pieces without getting the adhesive on the face of the tiles... And on my hands, which makes handling the tiles even more difficult. Thinset also dries too quickly to allow adding filler pieces within the design .. And Filling small gaps with dabs of thinset is also very messy. I've used a similar product which came on sheets, which was okay until I discovered Bondera. The other product was not as sticky... And would loose its adhesive ability if left exposed to air for very long when creating design. I found it easy to manipulate the tiles once adhered to the Bondera mat, and was easily able to add or remove tiles even 24 hours after initially starting the project (with the exposed adhesive sitting outside in the dusty Arizona sun!) I would cut sections of the Bondera and lay it out as needed.. And I found that I didn't need to use the mat with 100% coverage on the substrate. I could actually cut strips of the mat, laying them out with space I between (as the design allowed). The Bondera was strong enough to hold the tiles even if only a portion of the tile was in direct contact. This effectively lowered the cost of using the mat, since a mosiac measuring 8 sf only used about 4 sf of the tile mat. I'd agree it may not be worth the price for installations using uniform tiles, especially large ones... But for Mosiacs I found it a most efficient choice.
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