Last weekend I showed you the beginnings of my very first mosaic, which I made using Bondera TileMat Set, a self-adhesive alternative to mortar.
When I left off, I had already set my glass tiles using Bondera. All I had left to do was grout. The Bondera directions suggest that you grout within 8 hours of laying your tile. Being lazy, I didn't grout until four days later! I had already reduced the stickiness of the Bondera by painting over it (something I do NOT recommend) so some of the tiles were a little loose when I went to grout but a firm push got them where they needed to be. Still, I recommend following the directions and grouting right after setting the tiles.
For grout, I chose a pre-mixed formula. There were only a few colors to choose from, most of which were some variation of white, but I went with "Earth" which is a medium shade of brown. From what I've heard, you can also mix your own colors but this requires a bit more work/skill than I cared for.
Once you have your grout, sponge, and spreader, you're ready to go. Follow the directions on the grout container to spread the grout and keep a sponge and bucket nearby for cleaning the tiles as you go.
It takes about 24-hours for the grout to dry. After that, you can sit back and admire your handywork. As you can see, I haven't framed my art piece yet but as soon as the weather's nice(r) I'll go out and spray my trim a deep brown then attach it to my mosaic. I have absolutely no clue where I'm going to put this but I'm so glad I did it. For someone who's weakness is patience, I think I did a pretty good job!