Essentially a craft (mind you I did use this same technique for the back splash picture). Although my dad (who is a contractor) didn't say it was "the wrong way" to do this, it's not the most professional way to go about it (ie he would never do this but he did say that it was incredibly solid). The main issue is because you are going to be breaking and placing these pieces by hand- therefore there is some unevenness to the surface- you can minimize this by choosing tiles that are the same thickness.
The trick to these mosaics is using 2 colours of grout along side black and white tile pieces (I use grey as well)
Click on the tutorial below for a run through of the process. I assure you this is easier than you may think- just remember the safety goggles. You will thank me later.
Total cost was around $50 for a back splash, a 3'x3'table top and tray.
- Glue (I used Lepage "No Nails") will have to be super strong glue for wood and ceramic. this will set you back around $10 a tube (I used 2 tubes).
- Grout in each colour will be around $10-15 each box
- Tiles I purchased from the ReStore (because you don't need all of the blacks and all of the whites to be matchy matchy) and i got a million for around $10 (okay like 15 really big tiles- I still have extra)
The following you tools you will also need:
- safety goggles
- towel or thick piece of canvas to wrap the tiles in (this will get ruined)
- gloves to protect your fingers from cuts, glue and grout
- when grouting you will need a damp rag to wipe off excess grout from tiles