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shimmer collection installation guide - large sequin

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clé’s guides are only to help direct you in the right path for a proper installation. Each project is unique and therefore requires a professional who can provide the exact specifications for your project.


Installation Materials

  • Level
  • Ruler, straight edge or chalk line
  • ¾” 18g Brass Escutcheon Pins
  • ⅛” Brass Washers
  • Protective goggles
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Calipers (Optional for easier repetitive measuring)


The brass sequins from the Shimmer Collection are held in place with brass escutcheon pins and washers, this installation does not require grout or sealant.

There are many ways to layout and install the Shimmer Collection. We have provided instructions for a standard offset pattern that will create a fish scale like appearance.


Preparing Walls

Substrate Preparation

  • Brass sequins can be installed over a variety of surfaces including: drywall, plaster, plywood and cement fiber backer board.
    • Do not install behind the stove unless your substrate is non-combustible and meets code requirement for material installed near a burner.
  • Test your substrate to make sure you are able to drive a ¾” brass nail into the surface.
    • Keep in mind you will be driving between 10-30 nails per square foot into your substrate.
  • Sequins can be installed on modular plywood panels if you do not wish to hammer directly into your walls. For this application you would need to secure the plywood panels to the underlying framing (studs).  


Laying Out Your Grid

In order to layout the brass sequins, you will need to measure out a multi-row grid with points showing where to drive in nails and hang tiles on your wall.

The directions below start with laying out the base and exterior lines of the grid (bottom, left side, right side); then provide measurements to space out your horizontal rows moving from the bottom of the installation to the top. Lastly, we will provide measurements for marking your points which will space out the sequins within the rows you have just made.  


For Large Sequins

  1. You will start by making the base (bottom) of your grid. Make a level horizontal line at the bottom of your installation that runs from the left edge to the right edge of the installation area. Label this line “A”.
  2. Measure 2” in from the left edge of the line and make a mark. This mark will be where your left “wall” and your bottom line meet.
  3. Next, you will define the left wall of your installation by making a plumb vertical line that runs from the top to the bottom of your installation area.
    1. This line should meet the 2” mark that was just made on the bottom line of the installation.
    2. These lines should form an L and a right angle.
    3. Label this line “W1”.
  4. Next, you will define the right wall of your installation by making a plumb vertical line that runs from the top to the bottom of your installation area.
    1. This line should intersect with the right end of your bottom line forming a right angle.
    2. Label this line “W2”.
  5. Next, you will measure the first row of your grid.
  6. On the left line (W1) of your grid measure 5 ¾” up from your base line (line A) and make a mark.
    1. Label this line “B”.
  7. Repeat Step 5 on the right line of your grid. You should now have one mark on the left and one on the right which are parallel to each other.
  8. Next, using a ruler or chalk line draw (or snap) a line between the two points you have just made.
    1. This should make a level horizontal line and form your first and tallest row.
    2. All other rows will be shorter which will allow the sequins to overlap.
  9. You will now measure the rest of your rows. Starting from line B mark on the left “wall”( line W1) measure and mark every 4 ¼”” until you reach the top of your installation.
  10. Repeat Step 9 on the right “wall”(line W2) of your installation.
  11. Next, using a ruler or chalk line draw (or snap) lines between parallel points on line W1 and line W2 moving from the bottom to the top. These lines will form 4 ½”” rows. Your grid should now look like ruled notebook paper with one tall row at the bottom.
  12. The next step is to mark out the 3 ½” spacing between the nails on the horizontal lines where each sequin will hang.
  13. Begin at the bottom of the installation and move to the top so the sequins overlap.
  14. Sequins will be hung every 3 ½” and rows will be offset.
  15. The first point where a sequin will hang is the intersection of line B and line W1.
  16. For the second point measure 3 ½” to the right of the first and make a mark.
  17. You will now measure and mark every 3 ½” until you reach line W2 and the row is complete.
  18. The next row (line C in the diagram) will be offset from the first. To achieve this measure 1 ¾” to the right of line W1 and make a mark.
  19. For the second point on line C measure 3 ½” to the right of the first and make a mark.
  20. You will now measure and mark every 3 ½” until you reach line W2 and the row is complete.
  21. For the next row (line D in the diagram) the first mark will be made directly line W1.
  22. Repeat the same spacing and marking from Steps 19 and 20 (the same as Steps 16 and 17) until you reach line W2 and the row is complete.
  23. You have now started to establish your offset layout by alternating where the first sequin will be placed on each row.
    1. Think of this as an A,B pattern.
    2. If your last row started directly on line W1 your next row will start 1 ¾ to the right of line W1.
  24. Continue marking the placement of sequins in your rows until you reach the top of your installation.


Setting Sequins

Now that you have made your grid and marked out where your sequins will hang is it time to attach them to the wall.

  • To have the tiles overlap correctly you will need to start from the bottom and work your way up the wall.
  • You will drive your nails into the marks you have made on the horizontal lines of your grid.
  • Place a washer behind the sequin and drive the pin through the hole in the sequin and washer into the wall.
  • Each row will overlap the next. Continue moving up the wall row after row until your installation is complete.



Cleaning + Maintenance


  • Brass sequins should be dusted and do not typically require liquid cleaners.
  • If you have a backsplash installation please be aware that brass will patina over time.  
  • If you would like to polish or remove patina from the sequins this can be using Brasso or Bar Keepers Friend.
    • These products should not be applied directly on the sequins, apply to a sponge or cloth and then use the sponge or cloth on the sequins.