René Best guitarist

A note before we begin.  This is part 4 of a mosaic guitar tutorial.   You need to search for the other 3 parts.  Sorry, but the way WordPress is set up, I’m going to have to do some adjusting once this is all over.  My plan is to carefully edit these tutorials and to put them in order and upload them to my art website….so what you are seeing in this blog is a very rough draft of the final product.  When we left off, we had sanded and sealed the guitar, marked it up with a design idea, and now, we’re ready to stick some glass!

The ‘Ol Glue Trick


In order to achieve a nice, smooth, professional-looking edge, one should mosaic the sides of the guitar first. It is so tempting to want to get to the fun part….namely, the front and back, but no.

I discovered this trick awhile ago, and it works very well for sticking tesserae to curvaceous surfaces.  I use Weldbond glue, and it can be a little runny.  Couple that with gravity and one’s tile and slip and slide around.    I simply squeeze a portion of glue into a container and allow it to be exposed to the air for about 20 minutes before working with it.  This will cause it to be more tacky.  Butter the actual guitar with the glue and stick the tiles into it rather than butter the back of each tile.  You will have a little time to work with it to make adjustments.  Just butter a small area at a time.

I have chosen to use 3/4″ mirror tiles for the sides.  You can buy these pre-cut or cut them yourself, whatever you’re more comfortable with, and by no means, do you have to use perfect shapes.  You can stick random shapes, use glass, tile…whatever you want.  I’m going to be using all kinds of things on this guitar, but for the sides, I’m going to use mirror tile just for the reflective qualities and the look that I want to achieve in the end.  You can use tile, metal….whatever you want.

 guitar close side

Every once in awhile, I’ll stick either a textured mirror tile or a colored tile in to break the monotony of the surface.  This really does add interest after the piece has been grouted.  I do not care for perfectly aligned rows and perfect tiles.  A machine can do that.    I use wheeled nippers to cut the tiles into the sizes that work best.

guitar2 wheeled nippers

Simply continue to cover the sides all around, working up to the neck of the guitar.


guitar3 view of side from front

Next time, we will talk about the fretboard and the back of the guitar’s neck.


last guitar picture