how to make beautiful \"tumbled\" mosaic tiles inexpensively...
Are you remodeling the bathroom, kitchen or anywhere where mosaic tiles are needed?
Do you want an accent in a tile design that does not exist?
I am renovating my guest bathroom and I would like some mosaic that matches the tiles I am installing.
However, there is no mosaic in the tiles I am using.
In the style I use, there is an expensive mosaic \"strip\" of various colors, one for $10.
So I decided to create it myself.
To do this you need: tile saw with adjustable depth settings, Rolling Stone machine and some rough gritTape measuring frame square, trial square or T-
This is what you are after, and the finished mosaic is next to the kind of tile they create: The first thing to do is to determine the size and shape of the mosaic tile you want.
When you have identified this, mark the width of the mosaic you want on the \"story bar\" or \"story Bar.
Be sure to include the cutting width of the tile saw on the stick.
A good idea is to adjust the width of the layout so that the entire tile can be used without waste.
Next, attach the lines in the story to both sides of the back of the tile.
If your tile saw is true (
Then you just need to mark on both sides of the tile.
Set the depth of the tile saw blade so that the saw cuts most of it on the tile, but leave about 1/16.
The object is to separate the tiles later and give them an edge of irregular shape.
This also makes cutting easier.
If you cut all the time, you will produce a lot of mosaic tiles that hinder cutting.
If you want the straight edge of the mosaic, continue cutting, but be careful about all the small pieces you produce that will get in the way of your blade, or get lost in the water below
Start your cuts now.
The Saw I am using does not allow me to cut 12 \"tiles all the time in the first two cuts (
Hit the shell a few inches later)
So when I flip the tiles I skip these and get them.
In this way, I don\'t have to worry about matching the cut to the cut I already made (
Only a few inches long).
Take your time. Don\'t worry about your saw.
I only need four 12 \"tiles to make the mosaic tiles I need, but if you cut five or more 12\" tiles like this (in one go)
Replace your water and let your pump take a break from all the mud generated, which may be a good idea.
The first thing that is usually done on the tile saw is the water pump.
I learned from experience that changing water-
Only once during the day-
The life of the pump can be multiplied.
Also, you can see the plastic case I made for MK Diamond tile saw in this photo.
In another structure I will show you how to make one with a few wires, a bit of copper welding and 3 mil garbage bags.
MK makes a shell for this saw, but the cost is roughly the same as the saw itself.
This simple shell can capture most of the water spit out from the saw and will not interfere with your cutting of tiles of any size except the 16 \"ers.
What you see here is the edge of the tile after cutting.
You can see that the blade goes through most of the tiles, but only a little (a 1/16th or so)
Stick the tiles together
This depth can rest easily, but still create a beautiful irregular edge.
Place the newly cut tiles on a flat surface, preferably on the workbench, and then use a large flat blade screwdriver to wedge in the cut and gently tilt the blades to break them off.
Do it until you get them all free.
If everything you do is right, the tiles will be like this.
The mosaic will have irregular, sharp, jagged edges.
Fill your tumbler bucket with pieces of your mosaic for about 5/8 months.
Put in about 1/4 cups of coarse sand and fill the bucket with water to the level of debris.
I added about 1/8 pre-Polish glasses to make them shine a bit.
I removed the tiles with only coarse sand and some pre-Polish, and they all made more shiny with both materials.
You don\'t need to use both, but I think it makes them look better.
Next, just plug in your tumbler and let it do it.
I found 24 hours perfect.
It softened the edges very well, but did not remove any details from the surface of the tile.
On the left is the mosaic before the roll, and on the right is another finished product.
You can see round, soft edges.
If you fall in 24 hours or less, bake
Stay on the glaze but you lose the light.
So I brushed a glazed glaze that lasted five years.
The tiles before and after are not the same, I just show you the look before and after.
Tiles don\'t lose any surface details if you only fall for 24 hours.
If you are creative with tiles and tile saws, you can do all kinds of things.
Do not limit to tile decoration in store stock.
With a little imagination and DIY skills, you can make many beautiful pieces.
Next, I will show you that you can make your own shower corner shelves for just a few dollars, match the tiles you are installing and look beautiful.