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Recycled Glass

Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile including 8mm Tiny Tile by Elementile is available in standard and iridescent finishes and in the 12mm C3 Brand, which also comes in metallic and iridized versions. Scroll down to see more varieties or read about how this tile is made from sintered (powdered) window glass and the advantages of tile made from fused glass.

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NEW LARGER 12mm (1/2 inch) recycled glass mosaic tile Elementile brand.
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8mm (~5/16 inch) tiny recycled glass mosaic tile Elementile brand.
8mm Tiny Iridescent Elementile Brand
8mm (~5/16 inch) tiny iridescent recycled glass mosaic tile Elementile brand
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12mm (~1/2 inch) recycled glass mosaic tile C3 brand
12mm recycled glass mosaic tile C3 brand
12mm (~1/2 inch) recycled glass mosaic tile C3 banner

Advantages of Fused Glass Tile

Recycled glass tile has more advantages than it reuses a waste material to make something beautiful. The product is actually superior to conventional varieties of tile in several ways, including expensive materials like hand-made smalti. The recycled material is harder, cuts more cleanly with less waste, can be cut into smaller useable pieces and has more tightly controlled colors with less variation. These advantages derive from how the recycled tile is made and how this process is different from how something like vitreous glass or smalti is made.

Colors Formed by Firing

The durable pigments used to color all glass tile are metal oxides. The metal cadmium is heated to produce cadmium oxide, which is intensely yellow, orange or red depending on how long the metal is heated, with fractions of a second making a difference as to what hue is produced. When vitreous glass tile is made, the heat used to fuse the glass into tile is the same heat used to oxidize the metallic pigments inside the glass. That means the factory doesn't know exactly what color will come out of the kiln due to slight variations in temperature and dwell time. It is similar to glazing pottery: The unfired glaze is gray when it is applied to the pot no matter how bright the red or blue that is produced by the heat of the kiln

More Consistent Colors

It is different with the new fused glass products, which have much less variation. We are unsure whether the oxides are pre-fired or the fusing process is more tightly controlled due to the finely powdered nature of the recycled glass, but the results are undeniable: more consistent colors and less odd batches that we have to put in assortments because they don't match anything.

Cleaner Cuts with Less Splinters

Another virtue of tile made from finely powdered glass is that the material is more homogenous and therefore doesn't break in unpredictable ways or produce as many sharp slivers. Anyone who has cut stained glass or smalti is familiar with this problem: the material has swirls and veins from when it was poured out as molten glass, and so when you attempt to cut it, the glass tends to break along these swirls instead of making a straight cut. And then there all the tiny useless sharp splinters produced, especially when you attempt to cut a small piece. Not so much with the recycled glass! It doesn't have the swirls and veins and it is harder and not as likely to splinter. That means you can cut more tiny pieces that are actually useful, and that is why we recommend these fused glass products for micromosaic over any other material.

More Information and Project Advice

For more information on planning your mosaic project and using recycled glass tile, see our page of Frequently Asked Questions or our List of How-To-Mosaic Pages, which are topic specific.

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