Glass Mosaic Tile Art: Hanging Your Heavy Mosaic Masterpiece
You're anxious to see your first mosaic on the wall.† It looks wonderful, but it weighs a ton.† Youíre nervous wondering whether a 10-penny nail in flimsy drywall can hold all that weight.† Now what?
Youíre so anxious to hang your first masterpiece that it seems like the frame store is taking forever finish the frame.† Finally, they call to tell you itís ready for pickup.† Wow, they did a great job and the frame makes your mosaic look even better.† You canít wait to hang it on the wall and show it off.
It weighs a ton and youíre nervous wondering whether a 10-penny nail in flimsy drywall can hold all that weight.† You wisely decide that the nail must instead go into a wall stud.† The last thing you want is your heavy mosaic crashing down, popping off tesserae, breaking the custom frame, and cracking the ceramic floor tile.† You find the exact spot for the nail and poke around hoping to find a stud somewhere close to that spot.† Oh, no!† The nearest stud is six inches to the left.† If you install the nail in that stud, the mosaic wonít be centered on the wall and will look terrible.† Good grief, now what?† Relax.† This is easy.† In my eBook, we walk step-by-step through the process of adding a solid support system in the wall thatís plenty strong enough to hold your heavy magnum opus.† This isnít rocket science so donít panic.† You can do it.† Yes, you can!
If your masterpiece has any size to it, itís going to be heavy.† For example, one of my projects is only 27Ēx32Ē but it weighs a whopping 24-pounds.† Always be safety conscious.† Never create a safety hazard.† You must always ensure the support system is adequately strong enough to bear the load of your heavy mosaic.
Some artists donít hang their pieces because they donít want to risk a falling hazard that can harm people or damage the piece.† They commonly use free standing easels made of sturdy wood, low to the floor, and well-balanced to minimize the risk of tipping.† Typically, these easels are used in galleries, but some people use them in their homes.† Personally, Iíd rather see my mosaics on the wall.† To me, they look better and make the home feel cozier.† Besides, who has room for several free-standing easels throughout the house?
The complexity of the support system depends on several factors, such as the mosaicís weight, location of the lag bolt with respect to a wall stud, and safety concerns for your children.† For example, if you find that the lag bolt location is just to the side of a wall stud, you may not need an elaborate support system like the one we install in the eBook.† Instead, a small piece of 2x4 attached to the side of the stud may be sufficient.
What we install in the eBook is probably the most complex support system youíll ever need for a hanging mosaic, so once you learn that method, you should be able to install any simpler support system that you might dream up.† Remember, this is easy!† You can do it.† The eBook walks you through each step of the process as if Iím right there in your living room with you.† Relax!† Donít worry about cutting a big hole in your drywall.† Youíll learn how easy it is to measure, cut the drywall, install a 2x4 support system to the existing studs, replace the drywall, patch it, and paint it--like a pro!† Itís easy.† You can do it.† Yes, you can!† Let me show you how.
Remember, making mosaic art is easy. You can do it.† Yes, you can!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bill Enslen has created lovely mosaic art for 30 years. His new eBook, Mosaic Pieces: Essentials for Beginner and Professional Mosaic Artists, gives you step-by-step details for creating your own mosaic masterpieces. Visit his website and read the free sample chapters at Glass Mosaic Tile Art.† Let him show you just how easy it is. With Bill's help, you can do it.† Yes, you can!