Making Glass Tiles
The process is in fact pretty straight forward: just print the tiles that you will find in the print and play post and glue them to square glass pieces.
If you want to know some more details there is a detailed explanation below.
First, the Materials
These are the materials that I used to craft them:
- At least 118 Square Glass Cabochons
- 5 DIN A4 250gr/m² paper sheets
- Instant glue
- A printer
- A hobby knife
- A drying surface
- A cutting mat or board
Square Glass Cabochons
I’m living in Spain, so I got couple of this packs of 100 pieces from Amazon for just €8.2 (9.2 USD). The 25mm square glass cabochons were clear, with no imperfections like bubbles, dirt or scratches and homogeneous in size beyond my perception. I haven’t found a similar price for the cabuchons in the US shop, but maybe you can find a good sale in the retailer’s site or somewhere else.
I used common DIN A4 thick paper 250gr/m² to prevent translucency.
Honestly I couldn’t find my perfect fit for the glue, I tried it with white glue, instant glue and water-based transparent glue. I’ve seen that they use Mod Podge with good results, but I couldn’t get nearly as neat finishing with white glues.
So about the right glue to use, I just have few recommendations to give you:
- White glue: I do not recommend to use white glue, it leaves stains and the final result is a bit ‘milky’.
- Water-based glue: If you are printing at home with a regular inkjet printer, don’t use a water-based glue. At least in my case, I got all the colors spread and fuzzy.
- Instant glue: when they write ‘instant’ on a glue, they mean it. You’ll have your tiles dried in a minute, which is awesome, but it sticks really fast to paper… and to your fingers. I like it fast and dangerous, so this is the one I used.
Probably a polymer glue that is not instant does exist in some shelf of some shop and it is the perfect one for this job. But so far, I haven’t found it, please let me know if you do.
I’m using a cheap common HP DeskJet 2130 and if anyone has any clue about how to align perfectly a print on the 2 sides of a thick paper, please, help me.
A hobby knife
Any hobby knife will do the job. You can put on your monocle and pick your scalpel or you can take off your shirt and grab the retractile box cutter. Just bare in mind that the glass will probably dull the blade by the end of the job, so just make sure it wasn’t a very expensive tool.
A drying surface that minimizes contact
In order to put your pieces to dry it will be good if you place them on a surface that does not have full contact with it, otherwise you may get some of the tiles stuck to it. For instance I used a standard Lego base for the duty.
A cutting mat or board
Cutting the 250gr paper does take some deep cuts, so I highly recommend to put something betwen your blade and your desk.
Continue to the next page if you want to know how to make the glass tiles.