Thank you for buying one of our patent pending FlexiMosaic (TM) - the next generation mosaic murals.
We developed the FlexiMosaic as a means to answer the main problem our customers experienced with our regular 10 mm (3/8 inch) tiles mosaics - it was hard to install as a first time "Do It Yourself project", and expensive if a professional was hired to do the job (professional mosaics installation costs $20/square feet or more).
FlexiMosaics production starts with our regular mosaic sheets. After the sheets are ready we assemble the mosaic and pre-grout it with a special silicone based polymer.
The polymer is non-toxic and extremely durable, including under direct sun light (UV). The polymer creates a very strong bond between the tiles, eliminates the need to grout the mosaic and makes the mosaics safe to handle and ship and almost indestructible after installation.
The main advantage of this system is the unbelievable ease of installation. No grouting is needed and applying the glue that connects the mosaic to the chosen substrate can be done by anyone.
If possible we try to ship FlexiMosaics in one piece. If the mosaic is too big we cut it to several smaller sheets.
Installation phases (if your mosaic was shipped as one piece go to item 7):
1. Materials and tools needed: small tube of transparent silicone based glue, acrylic or cement based mosaic glue (about 2-3 pounds for 10 square feet mosaic, can be found in any hardware store building materials department), and a tool for spreading the mosaic glue.
2. Put the mosaic sheets on a straight level surface with the protective film cover facing upward and the rough side downward (picture 1).
3. Push the sheets one against the other so the "stitches" are almost invisible (picture 2).
4. Use the supplied film stripes to bond all the stitches. Make sure that no uncovered stitches are left (picture 3).
5. Turn the mosaic over and rub a thin layer of transparent silicone based glue (can be found in and hardware store) over the stitches. Use disposable latex or rubber globes to spread the glue over the stitches with your fingers.
6. Let the silicone glue cure.
7. Spread a very thin (no more than 1 mm or 1/25" thick) coat of the mosaic glue on the substrate you want the mosaic to stick to. Do it quickly so the glue does not set.
8. Place the mosaic on the coated area. IMPORTANT! The Rough side should be facing and touching the glue coated area (the smooth side of the mosaic, with the protective layer film facing you).
9. With some types of slow setting mosaic glues, especially if the mosaic is glued to a vertical wall, the mosaic might move. Make sure that the mosaic does not move till the glue cures by securing it the wall with adhesive tape.
10. Wait till the glue has cured completely. Note that the glue in the middle of the mosaic might not be cured even if the glue at the sides is cured. We recommend waiting 2 days before removing the protective transparent sheets.
11. It is recommended to create a small phase around the mosaic edges. For this purpose the mosaic glue, grout or even the transparent silicone glue can be used. If you choose to do so, it is best if it is done before removing the transparent sheets.
12. Gently remove the transparent sheet. Enjoy your mosaic!
For questions or advise, please call +972 54 8026670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images (Picture #1, #2 and #3) in our Flickr Photostream