Vitreous Hakatai® Brand
Hakatai® 3/8-inch mini mosaic tiles are vitreous glass with a nominal thickness of 1/8 inch and are sold by the half pound.
A half pound contains approximately 320 tiles and covers about 0.42 square feet of area if you use a standard grout gap of 1/16 inch.
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3/8-Inch Mini Vitreous Glass Mosaic Tile
Approximately 750 mini tiles will cover 1 square foot using the standard grout gap. Each half pound is approximately 320 pieces, which covers about 0.42 square feet when mounted with a standard grout spacing on approximately 1/16 inch.
Tile thickness is 1/8 inch nominal, the same as the other 3/8-inch and 3/4-inch glass mosaic tile we sell, and these can be used in the same mosaic without increasing the difficulty of grouting. (Note that you can use tile of different thickness in the same mosaic, and the resulting texture can be an interesting design element, but uneven tile increases the difficulty of grouting somewhat and is not practical for floors and table tops.) Another caveat: figurative mosaics made mostly from WHOLE uncut tile usually look best when you stick to one size tile instead of mixing sizes.
The backs of all of our 3/8" minis are tapered with embossed ridges, and these make it a little more difficult for a piece cut from the tile to stand up straight. That being said, the tiles can be cut in half with the mosaic glass cutters that we sell.
- Price is one half pound (approximately 320 loose tiles).
- Material: glass.
- Pigments: colorfast metal oxide.
- Tile Dimensions: 3/8 inch x 3/8 inch.
- Thickness: ~1/8 inch nominal.
- Coverage: 320 loose tiles will cover 0.42 sq ft. with a grout spacing of about 1/16 inch.
- Coverage: 752 loose tiles will cover 1 square feet with a grout spacing of about 1/16 inch.
- Frost-proof, impervious to liquid.
- Suitable for indoor/outdoor use.
Use in Mosaic Art
Vitreous glass is sometimes thought of as an economy product suitable only for craft projects and backsplashes. However, vitreous glass is increasingly being used in fine art projects, photo-realistic mosaic portraits and large murals in high-end public spaces. This is due to increased range of colors available (including more pinks, browns, and subtle grays) and the reduction of graininess/increase in color intensity. All that being said, mosaic is best approached as an exercise in working with a limited color palette and making stylistic simplifications of the design in order to render in the colors available. In plain English, that means you cannot mix tile like oil paint to get the exact hue and shade you want. Instead, you have to simplify your design in certain ways and use color gradients to transition from one color to the next. For example, you might not have the exact red-orange hue that you want, so you cut up smaller pieces of red and smaller pieces of orange and use them together side by side so that the eye sees a red-orange area.
For more information on how to design mosaics and use tile to create artwork, see our page of Frequently Asked Questions or our List of How-To-Mosaic Pages, which are topic specific.
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