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Grape MINIs 1/2 pound

Grape mini vitreous glass mosaic tiles Hakatai brand
Price: $5.84

Grape 3/8-inch mini vitreous glass mosaic tile by Hakatai® are sold in 1/2-pound bags of approximately 320 tiles. The tiles are small, but they are hard, durable and rated for outdoor installation. (Think murals not driveways.) Each tile is 3/8 inch x 3/8 inch and a little over 1/8 inch thick. The thickness is the same as our 3/4 inch vitreous glass mosaic tile, but please keep in mind that tile color varies by manufacturer batch, and so these might not always match the same colors in the larger Hakatai® tile. Use our Quick Order Checklist to order rapidly using a list.

Mini 3/8-Inch Vitreous Glass Mosaic Tile Hakatai® Brand

These are a great product for when you want to avoid cutting tile. The 3/8-inch size is optimal in many ways: The tiles are small but not so small that they are difficult to handle without tweezers while gluing, and they are large enough to be distinguished visually as molded tile when used in architectural applications such as backsplashes (instead of looking like tiny chips of glass).

Product Coverage

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.

Compatibility

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.

Cutting Tile

These tiles are already so small and have bevelled edges, and thus pieces cut from it can be a little more difficult to use because the bevel makes the pieces fall over instead of sitting flat. However, the tile can be cut quickly with minimal force using a pair of mosaic glass cutters.

Product Specifications

  • Price is for 1/2 pound of approximately 320 loose tiles.
  • Dimensions: 3/8 inch x 3/8 inch.
  • Thickness: ~1/8 inch nominal.
  • Coverage: 1 bag (~320 tiles) will cover 0.43 sq ft with a grout spacing of about 1/16 inch.
  • Coverage: 752 tiles will cover 1 sq ft with a grout spacing of about 1/16 inch.
  • Faces: Flat with occasional pitting.
  • Backs: Embossed with ridges for more secure bonding.
  • Pigments: colorfast metal oxide.
  • Material: glass with solid color throughout.
  • Frost-proof.
  • impervious to liquid.
  • Suitable for indoor and 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.

More Information

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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