Now that I have finished my magnetic base, it’s time to start making some tiles…
I already determined a while back that a 2×1.3″ magnet will sufficiently hold one of my 3×3″ squares to a 2×2 square of Flex Iron. How did I arrive at 2×1.3? This is 1/3rd the size of a business card. Business card shaped magnets are one of the cheapest pre-cut magnet styles available, so I bought a bunch of them
I cut the business card magnets into 3rds until I had a fairly large pile. Unfortunatley I don’t have a picture of this.
Next, I went though the tedious task of peeling adhesive magnets off the magnets and sticking them to the center of each tile. I tried to find the “bad side” of each wood tile and stick the magnet on that.
I spent the next few hours making tiles until I finally had 256 – the number of cells in the 4×4′ base. It turned out great! Most of the people I showed this to liked the natural wood as is. Unfortunately, this is not what Mega Wall is all about. These tiles are going to be painted.
A cool benefit of the Foam Core base is the raised look it provides for the “art.” Also because the Foam Core I ordered was about 1/8 inch less than the 48″ I requested, the base was a hair smaller than the mosaic. Luckily, I think this actually looks better – It gives the mosaic sort of a floating effect.