Glass marble mosaic advice? I don't know what to use?

I have an old glass top patio table that is quite an eyesore. I wanted to paint the base black and glue some of those flat marbles onto the top of it. But I would still like to be able to set drinks down on it without them falling over.

What would I use to glue the marbles down since it is a very large area and its going to be exposed to the elements?

Also is there anything clear I can slather onto it or pour over it after I get all the marbles in place to make it a smoother surface?

I would like to keep it clear so that the light can shine through it…

but do you think if I glued the marbles down and then grouted over them that the marble would still be clear all the way through to the bottom (like little windows)?

And can I even use grout around the marbles over the glass table top??

  1. Rob
    on November 30th, -0001

    I have done some basic mosaic work and I would really be concerned about getting a good bond on a glass-top table. All tile adhesives I have seen say not to use on a smooth or glossy surface.

    I recently did a mosaic planter (on a terra cotta pot) using the flat marbles, and I do think they were level enough to use for a table top.

    There is a clear product which comes as a thick liquid and dries to a hard finish. I forget what it is called now, but they sell it at speciality arts and crafts stores.

    The flat marbles would lose a good deal of their transparency once glued down — because the adhesive/glue is not transparent.

    If the table will be kept outdoors, I would really recommend getting (or making) a plastic cover for it — it would be a shame to spend so much energy on it just ot see it damaged after one winter. You really should use an epoxy grout for any outdoor projects — it is much more durable than the regular grout.

    Good luck!

  2. GodThingie
    on November 30th, -0001

    You can use clear silicone to glue the marbles to the table with. It comes in a tube like caulk and uses the same type of caulk gun to apply it with. The biggest problem might be with the weight of the marbles on the glass though, so be aware of that, especially around the outside edges where it would stress the glass the most unless the frame supports it all the way around. The marbles should provide enough of a flat surface after application that you probably won’t need any grout to level them, especially if you use a fairly thick layer of the silicome as an adhesive and press the marbles deep into it.

    http://www.thejoyofshards.co.uk/glossary
    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_wood_glass_o

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Glass marble mosaic advice? I don't know what to use?

I have an old glass top patio table that is quite an eyesore. I wanted to paint the base black and glue some of those flat marbles onto the top of it. But I would still like to be able to set drinks down on it without them falling over.

What would I use to glue the marbles down since it is a very large area and its going to be exposed to the elements?

Also is there anything clear I can slather onto it or pour over it after I get all the marbles in place to make it a smoother surface?

I would like to keep it clear so that the light can shine through it…

but do you think if I glued the marbles down and then grouted over them that the marble would still be clear all the way through to the bottom (like little windows)?

And can I even use grout around the marbles over the glass table top??

  1. ReadyToLaunch
    on November 30th, -0001

    E-6000 for gluing down – self leveling, clean surfaces first.
    Casting resin for bring surface up.
    Both available places like Hobby Lobby & Michaels.
    Practice on scrap glass – both must be considered permanent.

  2. Xfactor
    on November 30th, -0001

    Suggest a trip to the tile shop I have seen product consisting of sheets of mesh covered in those glass beads for use in bathrooms as feature tiles recently

  3. A Popelka
    on July 10th, 2011

    Can you post pictures as you work on your project – I was going to do the exact same thing closer to the end of the month, when I have more time.

    As you complete your project, do you have any tips?

    Thanks

    PS. my mother did an old plastic patio table with beer bottle caps. I worked in a restaurant/bar so it was pretty easy to acquire enough to cover the table. Anyway, it turned out amazing, and I cannot wait to take my turn at a mosiac table top.

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