Stained Glass in approximately 6-inch x 6-inch square sheets for use in mosaic art. AMERICAN MADE! Our stained glass is premium quality with
richer colors and much less variation than typically found in Asian glass. High pigment density. Opaque when used on opaque surfaces. Stained
glass can be cut into tile quickly and easily with our Mosaic Glass Cutter, but you can also use the
Pistol-Grip Cutter and
Running Pliers to cut long straight strips and
curved shapes. Stained glass can have sharper edges than regular molded glass mosaic tile, so care must be used in cutting, handling and grouting.
STAINED GLASS VARIES IN COLOR AND PATTERN BY SHEET. Do not order if you cannot tolerate variation.
Read more about stained glass and how to use it for mosaics at the bottom of this page.
American-Made Stained Glass for Use As Mosaic Tile
Our stained glass is made in America by several manufacturers (Armstrong, Kokomo, Spectrum and Wissmach) and is some of the most beautiful art glass made anywhere in the world, including Italy. Here is a great opportunity to buy American-made products and support high labor standards and high environmental standards. Furthermore, you can do it without sacrificing selection or quality, AND THE PRICE IS COMPETITIVE WITH THAT OF MOLDED GLASS TILE MADE IN CHINA.
Stained Glass is non-porous and can be used outdoors, but we don't recommend it for flooring. We don't recommend buying these sheets for use as 6 inch tile either. The sheets are cut by hand using a straight edge, but there is variation in size and the straightness of the cut. We sell the sheet as material for cutting small mosaic tile, not as finished tile.
Stained glass is made for use in decorative windows and not as tiling. We have thought long and hard about what the safety and usage implications are of this fact, and the one issue that seems relevant is really no different from using regular molded glass mosaic tile: If a mosaic becomes damaged where there is sharp broken broken glass mounted to a surface where it could cut someone, then use the fine edge of a marble file to smooth the edge until you can replace the tile.
Each sheet covers approximately 1/4 square feet when uncut. When you cut it up, you will gain additional coverage from the grout gap, but you might also lose some from cutting waste.
Tile thickness is approximately 1/8 inch, which is NOMINALLY the same as the 3/8-inch and 3/4-inch glass mosaic tile we sell, but stained glass tends to run a little bit thinner than the vitreous and is more variable in thickness. That being said, mixed-media mosaics and even mosaic table tops are routinely made from dissimilar materials with even greater differences in thickness.
All stained glass and glass tile can be cut quickly with minimal force using our mosaic glass cutters, and that is the tool we use in our studio to cut irregular rectangle and triangle shapes for use in our mosaics. However, some people want to cut more uniform squares or rectangles to mimic the machine precision of molded tile. (It seems odd to make anything by hand in a way that makes it looks like it was made in a factory by machines since you will actually be using more labor to make the thing look less interesting, less original.) However, if you do need uniform square tiles cut from stained glass, you would use the Pistol-Grip Cutter and a ruler to score the glass, and a pair of Running Pliers to snap it. These are also the tools you would use the cut the sheet into curved pieces, including complex "S-shaped" curves.
Cutting Components or Tiles?
Note that stained glass art often makes use of custom-cut pieces that define entire figures or components. In mosaic art, figures and components are almost always built up from multiple tiles unless the object in question is particularly small. These two different modes of building images are different esthetically. From the years of customer artwork that we have reviewed, we have noticed that it is best to stick to one approach or the other for a particular piece of art and not combine them. Thinks of it this way: If most of your mosaic is made from individual tiles where no individual tile is a hand or face or tree, it can look strange to have one individual hand, face or tree that is all one piece custom-cut from a sheet of stained glass.
Smoothing Sharp Edges
Stained glass often produces sharper edges than molded glass mosaic tile when cut. At our studio, we use the fine edge of a marble file or a rubbing stone to knock off any razor edges remaining after cutting.
- STAINED GLASS VARIES IN COLOR AND PATTERN BY SHEET. Do not order if you cannot tolerate variation.
- Price is for one sheet of stained glass nominally 6 inch x 6 inch
- Sheets are cut by hand using a straight edge and are not always perfectly square.
- Sheets are cutting stock for making small mosaic tile and are not sold as finished mosaic tile.
- Thickness: nominally 1/8 inch with variation usually around +/- 1/32 inch.
- Pigments: colorfast metal oxide.
- Semi translucent. Opaque when used on opaque surfaces.
- Coverage: 1 sheet covers approximately 1/4 square feet.
- Cuts relatively easily with mosaic glass cutters.
- frost proof
- impervious to liquids
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor installation.
- NOT suitable for floors.
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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