Ceramic Letter Tile Sets are the Ceramic Breakoffs brand made by CowTown Ceramics in the USA from local clay. Each sheet contains 5/8 inch high Arial letters that can be snapped off by gloved hand to yield individual embossed letter tiles. These American-made letter tiles allow an artist to quickly insert initials, words and phrases into mixed-media mosaic projects. We also have Ceramic Number Tile Sets.
Read more about using letter sets in mosaic art at the bottom of this page.
Glazed Ceramic Tile In Mosaic Art
Preventing Freeze Damage
Glazed ceramic materials are particularly susceptible to freeze damage, as are all porous materials. There are micro cracks in the glaze, which allows moisture to penetrate into the pores of the ceramic and then freeze, expand and crack the material. This can be minimized by sealing your FINISHED mosaic with multiple applications of a tile and grout sealer from the local building material store. You can also prevent this damage by bringing you stepping stones and mosaic lawn sculptures inside for the winter months.
Product Coverage / Letter Count
This product is not sold for area coverage, but there is about 0.2 square feet of total material, which is broken up an used as individual letters. The letter count is more relevant and is as follows: A-9, B-2, C-2, D-7, E-12, F-2, G-3, H-2, I-10, J-1, K-1, L-4, M-2, N-7, O-7, P-2, Q-1, R-5, S-5, T-4, U-2, V-1, W-2, X-1, Y-1, Z-1.
Tile thickness is just under 1/4 inch. The specimens measured were 7/32 inch thick, but this could vary by manufacturer batch, possible +/- 1/32 inch. The thickness is actually ideal because most of our glass mosaic tile is about 1/8 inch (4mm), so the letters will stick out above this, giving the surface of your mosaic texture and dimension.
These are not made to be cut. Instead, they are snapped with a gloved hand. Use a straight edge such as a ruler or the edge of a table to make sure the sheet breaks cleanly in the flashing between the letters. Otherwise you might have jagged breaks that damage the letters.
- American made from local clay.
- glazed ceramic.
- thickness: 7/32 inches nominal.
- height: 5/8 inches.
- width: varies by letter.
- sheets may arrive with some letters already snapped off but still usable.
Use in Mosaic Art
As discussed above, sealing with a tile and grout sealer is important for preventing freeze damage. When broken free from the sheets, the letters will still be surrounded with some flat material at the base. This is flash from the mold/dye used to press the sheet and does not have to be removed. It should be covered with grout when the mosaic is grouted.
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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