A use for glass tiles headed for the dump


#1

Since I work a lot with recycled glass, I decided to see what was possible with some surplus 4 inch glass tiles left over from a back splash remodeling project. This type of tile has a special coating on the back to aid in adhesion to thinset and prevent the thinset from showing through. So essentially I am burning off this coating and just slightly etching the glass. Black enamel covers the white coating to give it a B&W photo look. As always, the quality of the photo dictates the end result. Tiles make for an interesting medium for displaying photos.


#2

Very nice! I bought a few for such experiments but have not made it down the list there yet. Good to see what cn be done, and all the better as recycled!


#3

Excellent engraving results on those! :grinning:


#4

Score!!


#5

I think you have found an awesome materials source. Those tiles are amazing!


#6

Engrave actually.


#7

I have some similar tiles on hand. Mind sharing your settings as a starting point for my experimentation?


#8

You are cut off!


#9

Wonderful results!


#10

Very Cool! Are you engraving through the white backing and then painting the black enamel or painting the white backing with the enamel and then engraving?


#11

Nice idea. Looks great. What a splendid way to upcycle!


#12

I’ve been musing about doing something like this, but before the tiles become surplus.

Then have the etched tiles installed as part of the backsplash.

First I have to get my GF. It’s arriving today, but I won’t be here to sign for it, so Monday.


#13

I’ve been using glass tiles from Home Depot (they’re pretty cheap) and did a Dispatches report sometime last year using the PRU. But they have a white coating on the back as you describe. But when I laser it, it turns that coating black as if it’s fusing toner on a piece of paper. It doesn’t require a separate coat of black paint on it.

Where did you get your glass tiles? I’m interested in what the difference is. For B&W effects I’d still likely use the HD ones as it eliminates a step but for ones where I might want different colors, then your tiles might be a better choice.


#14

SKU Please…


#15

And a couple of samples.



Try Lowe’s too.