Mosaic Art Glass
Mosaic Art Glass is UN-tumbled shards of American-made stained glass in colors chosen for pigment density and opacity.
The shards are sharper than molded tile and require a little extra care in handling, but the
Rubbing Stones and
Marble Files we sell are useful for smoothing edges.
We also sell individual colors of American-made stained glass in 6-inch
sheets if you need an individual color.
Read more about our mosaic art glass and how to use it in mosaic artwork at the bottom of this page.
Using Mosaic Art Glass To Make Hand-Cut Tile
Caution: Sharper Edges Than Molded Tile
Stained glass is usually sharper than regular molded glass mosaic tile, so care must be used in cutting and handling. Also, extra care must be used in grouting to ensure that sharp edges are not left exposed. At the studio, we sometimes cut up sheets into tiles and then swirl the tiles around in a plastic bucket with a little water to knock off the razor slivers from the freshly-cut edges (called flash or groze). The Rubbing Stones and Marble Files we sell are useful for smoothing and rounding edges, and are recommended when the glass is for a wall or architectural element.
The traditional tool used by stained glass artists for this purpose is the grozing pliers, but some people find it too aggressive, and the rubbing stones and marble files produce smoother edges, especially when used by a novice.
Each two-pound bag is approximately 1.25 square feet of glass. If you cut up these pieces into mosaic tiles of about 3/4 inch or less and use a grout gap of 1/16 inch, then the bag could cover 1.5 square feet.
The thickness is approximately 1/8 inch and nominally the same as the 3/8-inch and 3/4-inch glass mosaic tile we sell.
All the glass we sell can be cut quickly with minimal force using a pair of mosaic glass cutters.
- untumbled with sharp edges.
- Piece size: varies, but most should be ABOUT 2 to 3 inches.
- Thickness is nominally 1/8 inch but varies considerably, typically around +/- 1/32 inch.
- Coverage: a 2-pound bag covers about 1.25 square feet.
- American made.
- Pigments: colorfast metal oxide.
- Material: glass with solid color throughout.
- Suitable for indoor/outdoor use.
- Frost-proof and impermeable to liquid.
- Not recommended for floors.
- Colors vary by bag, but we keep it colorful with an emphasis on brighter, stronger colors.
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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