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The mosaic Paul creates is picture framed with rectangular pieces of the field tile used. Then two full tiles are used in the middle with a hole cut out to fit the glass tile. The glass tile in the middle is in the shape of a diamond, with two colors.
Apply thin set and install the tile in the pattern you have laid out.
For grouting, use sanded grout for the field tiles on the counter and backsplash, and use non-sanded grout for the glass tiles. There is a slight shade difference in the two.
Mix the grout with a 1/2" drill motor and the rod type mixer paddle.
Apply the grout with a laminated grout float, and be sure to push the grout into the joints with the flat edge of the float.
Push the grout over the face of the tiles diagonally with the flat edge of float to cut off excess grout.
Work in small manageable areas, and continue the process over the entire counter and backsplash until all the joints have been grouted.
Warning: Don't get the sanded grout in the joints of the glass tile because the sanded grout will scratch the glass tile.
Tip: For the glass tile inserts, use a laminated grout float to push the grout into the joints.
Where the countertop meets the backsplash, use a caulking that's the same color as the grout. The sink is installed with the same colored caulking.
Allow grout to set and cure.
With a nearly dry sponge, tool the grout to eliminate pinholes, voids, highs and low spots.
Do a final wipe with a nearly dry sponge pulled diagonally over the face of the tile to remove any grout residue.
Once the grout has hazed over, polish the face of the tiles with cheesecloth.
Note: Grout has to set for 24 hours before putting anything on it.