- Safety glasses – always wear these when cutting/breaking materials for your mosaic, or when using power tools (it’s much easier to put on a pair of safety glasses than replace an eye!)
- Dust mask – wear it when mixing dried grout, mortar (cement mix), pigment etc., also when sanding/grinding your substrate or tesserae.
- Latex gloves – grout and mortar mixes are caustic. Wear latex gloves when grouting to prevent skin irritation.
- Soft brush, eg; wide paint brush – to sweep dust etc. from your mosaic project. Never sweep away glass shards with your bare hands!
- Wheeled mosaic cutters – a versatile tool for cutting/shaping tesserae from a variety of mosaic materials.
- Tile nippers – use for cutting/shaping thicker tiles etc. into tesserae.
- Tile scorer/breaker – cuts larger ceramic tiles along a straight line.
- Tweezers (various sizes) – to pickup/move tesserae. Useful for moving a piece without disturbing surrounding tesserae.
- Craft sticks – for applying adhesive/mastic to back of tesserae, or spreading adhesive directly onto substrate.
- Assortment of probe type tools (dental picks etc.) for positioning mosaic tesserae. A pottery needle can be used to clean excess adhesive from grout lines, and to unplug glue bottles.
- Hammer (see Hessian sack) for smashing tiles/plates etc. – always remember to wear protective glasses, and gloves if smashing glass or thin materials which may have sharp edges.
- Hessian sack (see Hammer). Place tiles/plates etc into sack before smashing, this will prevent pieces flying everywhere.
- Tools for grouting – rubber float, spatuals, trowel, grooved spreader, and sponges.
- Newspaper – for cleanup after grouting. Also useful as drop-sheet. Never dispose of grout or cement down the drain!
- Hammer & hardie – traditional tool for cutting marble and smalti.