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#1 Paula Patton

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:18 PM

I found a broken light diffuser (grid) at our recycling center and tried a project I had read about before. I couldn't find the article, so I winged it and it worked out! I rolled a slab of clay out, pressed the grid into the clay all the way down and let it dry that way. The next day, tiny tiles fell right out of the grid!! It was like magic! No cutting, no marring, no sanding! They were all perfectly cut to the same size. I glazed them and can now make a great mosaic trivet or, if I make more, something bigger! There are other sizes of light diffusers, I just haven't found one yet!

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:32 PM

I found a broken light diffuser (grid) at our recycling center and tried a project I had read about before. I couldn't find the article, so I winged it and it worked out! I rolled a slab of clay out, pressed the grid into the clay all the way down and let it dry that way. The next day, tiny tiles fell right out of the grid!! It was like magic! No cutting, no marring, no sanding! They were all perfectly cut to the same size. I glazed them and can now make a great mosaic trivet or, if I make more, something bigger! There are other sizes of light diffusers, I just haven't found one yet!


OMG what a great tip!! They are so cute, I can see putting them between bigger tiles, framing, color bands, all sorts of stuff.

Thank you! This is exciting...

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:54 PM

I read a tip somewhere that you can use the same diffuser to mass produce bits of wadding from your favorite wadding formula, just roll it into the diffuser, let it dry a bit and invert. Presto! Never occured to me to make little itty bitty tiles. Could make a very cool mosaic with these!
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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:24 PM

I found a broken light diffuser (grid) at our recycling center and tried a project I had read about before. I couldn't find the article, so I winged it and it worked out! I rolled a slab of clay out, pressed the grid into the clay all the way down and let it dry that way. The next day, tiny tiles fell right out of the grid!! It was like magic! No cutting, no marring, no sanding! They were all perfectly cut to the same size. I glazed them and can now make a great mosaic trivet or, if I make more, something bigger! There are other sizes of light diffusers, I just haven't found one yet!


What a fantastic tip!

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:19 PM

That is an awesome tip and I can't wait to try it! Thank you for sharing :)

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:11 PM

I found a broken light diffuser (grid) at our recycling center and tried a project I had read about before. I couldn't find the article, so I winged it and it worked out! I rolled a slab of clay out, pressed the grid into the clay all the way down and let it dry that way. The next day, tiny tiles fell right out of the grid!! It was like magic! No cutting, no marring, no sanding! They were all perfectly cut to the same size. I glazed them and can now make a great mosaic trivet or, if I make more, something bigger! There are other sizes of light diffusers, I just haven't found one yet!


I LOVE that idea! I am on the hunt for the light grid!!!! Thanks! I can see many projects ahead with that!



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:51 AM

Great idea!!!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:05 PM

To make different size tiles, just cut the grid to the size you want. You can use an exatco knife, or scissors if the grid is thin enough.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:50 AM

GREAT IDEA! I love it, thank you for sharing.:)src="http://ceramicartsda...ult/smile.gif">
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:15 PM

This tip opens up a whole other realm of possibilities! I always learn something new from this site.....Love it!
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Posted 30 May 2013 - 02:06 PM

This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for - thank you! I'm a hobbyist enthusiast and I have talked myself into making my own mosaic field tiles to use as liners on my backsplash between my 6x6 tiles because I can't find what I want prefab. 1" tiles are too big and bulky looking as a liner. I've been searching for solution for days. These look perfect size!!

Any way to tell us what clay and glaze you used? The "pillow" effect from pressing the mesh mold down over the clay is also exactly what I want as well!!!! I wanted something with some texture to rise above my flat field tile. THANKS!

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 05:48 PM

Tile versions of classic video game creatures have been done for a long time, but with homemade tile it makes it even better.
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#13 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:56 AM

I only saw this post today and, boy, what a super idea! Thank you for sharing. I have an iron door scraper in front of my basement door and never thought of using it in that way. Will try the technique subito....

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 08:17 AM

Cool idea!

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:02 PM

In response to LauraAnna, I'm glad this clicked with you for your backsplash idea! The light diffuser I found made my tiles come out to exactly 1/2". I have seen other diffusers that I would like to have, but can't seem to find them for sale. :-) I love the pillow effect each tile has, that would be hard to do if you were making individual tiles. I have not experimented using texture, only because I was thinking of how much dirt can catch on walls and floors and thought I'd better stick with smooth! As for the clay and glaze, this is a LARGE area of discussion. I used Highwater's Brownstone clay and I fire to cone 6. I use many glazes from Kentucky Mudworks and Amaco. You would need to find a clay body you like to work with, or if you are firing at a community studio, you'll have to use what they use. Low fire glazes are much prettier, but I don't know how well they would hold up in tile work, especially if it was around water. You may find other discussions on here about tiles and clay bodies. If you accomplish anything, please post something here for us to see! Good Luck!




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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:04 PM

I only saw this post today and, boy, what a super idea! Thank you for sharing. I have an iron door scraper in front of my basement door and never thought of using it in that way. Will try the technique subito....

Evelyne


Evelyne, I would love to know if your iron piece works for tiles! Everything I look at now, I think - can it make tiles??? Please post if you try it!




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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:07 PM

Tile versions of classic video game creatures have been done for a long time, but with homemade tile it makes it even better.


Futurebird, I am not familiar with this, but I would LOVE to see a link or photos of these creatures!!! Others on here might enjoy it too!




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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

In response to LauraAnna, I'm glad this clicked with you for your backsplash idea! The light diffuser I found made my tiles come out to exactly 1/2". I have seen other diffusers that I would like to have, but can't seem to find them for sale. :-) I love the pillow effect each tile has, that would be hard to do if you were making individual tiles. I have not experimented using texture, only because I was thinking of how much dirt can catch on walls and floors and thought I'd better stick with smooth! As for the clay and glaze, this is a LARGE area of discussion. I used Highwater's Brownstone clay and I fire to cone 6. I use many glazes from Kentucky Mudworks and Amaco. You would need to find a clay body you like to work with, or if you are firing at a community studio, you'll have to use what they use. Low fire glazes are much prettier, but I don't know how well they would hold up in tile work, especially if it was around water. You may find other discussions on here about tiles and clay bodies. If you accomplish anything, please post something here for us to see! Good Luck!




Thank you Paula! This just keeps getting better! 1/2" was exactly what I was hoping for (although 3/8 or 5/8 would work nicely too) - and glazes from my own back yard! (I'm in KY). Here is a micro mosaic (5/8") with texture stamps. As you can see, the simpler the texture, the more light it reflects. Comes down to preference I guess.

I have more homework to do, but the clay suggestion is a great start - thanks!

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:29 PM


I only saw this post today and, boy, what a super idea! Thank you for sharing. I have an iron door scraper in front of my basement door and never thought of using it in that way. Will try the technique subito....

Evelyne


Evelyne, I would love to know if your iron piece works for tiles! Everything I look at now, I think - can it make tiles??? Please post if you try it!




Exactly!! I'm now looking at my tiny decorative candy mold trays and going hmmmm..... can you imagine how cool these would be as little mosaic tiles? Or tile overlays!

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 05:37 PM


In response to LauraAnna, I'm glad this clicked with you for your backsplash idea! The light diffuser I found made my tiles come out to exactly 1/2". I have seen other diffusers that I would like to have, but can't seem to find them for sale. :-) I love the pillow effect each tile has, that would be hard to do if you were making individual tiles. I have not experimented using texture, only because I was thinking of how much dirt can catch on walls and floors and thought I'd better stick with smooth! As for the clay and glaze, this is a LARGE area of discussion. I used Highwater's Brownstone clay and I fire to cone 6. I use many glazes from Kentucky Mudworks and Amaco. You would need to find a clay body you like to work with, or if you are firing at a community studio, you'll have to use what they use. Low fire glazes are much prettier, but I don't know how well they would hold up in tile work, especially if it was around water. You may find other discussions on here about tiles and clay bodies. If you accomplish anything, please post something here for us to see! Good Luck!




Thank you Paula! This just keeps getting better! 1/2" was exactly what I was hoping for (although 3/8 or 5/8 would work nicely too) - and glazes from my own back yard! (I'm in KY). Here is a micro mosaic (5/8") with texture stamps. As you can see, the simpler the texture, the more light it reflects. Comes down to preference I guess.

I have more homework to do, but the clay suggestion is a great start - thanks!


Awesome, it will be great!!! good luck!!!




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