Sample Board Morjo™ Thin Stained Glass Mosaic Tiles 3/4 Inch

Morjo Stained Glass Tile Sample Board

Sample Board Morjo™ THIN Stained Glass Mosaic Tiles 3/4 Inch comes with one of each tile in our color palette in the 3/4 inch (20mm) size. Here is more information about the tiles and how they are used:

Morjo™ THIN Stained Glass Mosaic Tiles 3/4 inch (20mm) are sold by the 1/2 pound, which is approximately 85 tiles. The nominal thickness is thinner than most of the glass tile we sell, but we have used these mixed with them with no problem.

Morjo™ Stained Glass Tile 20mm

  • Price is for 8 ounces of loose tiles.
  • Each tile is 20mm x 20mm (~3/4 inch x 3/4 inch).
  • Pigments: colorfast metal oxide.
  • Solid color throughout.
  • Coverage: one bag will cover approximately 0.42 square feet when using a standard grout gap of 1/16 inch.
  • Cuts relatively easily with Mosaic Glass Cutters.
  • Thickness: nominally 2.88mm, which is about 35% thinner than vitreous glass tile, but appears to be over 3mm.
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor installation.
  • NOT suitable for floors.

Product Coverage

Each bag covers about 0.42 square feet when mounted with a standard grout spacing on approximately 1/16 inch. Use our tile estimator to calculate how much you need for your project.

Compatibility

Tile thickness is nominally 2.88 mm, which is about 35% thinner than most of the glass mosaic tile we sell, but the actual thickness is probably running more than 3mm. Mixed-media mosaics and even mosaic table tops are routinely made from dissimilar materials with even greater differences in thickness. It makes grouting a little more work but not too difficult, and it is a great way to add texture and visual interest to a mosaic.

Cutting Tile

This tile can be cut with minimal force using the Mosaic Glass Cutters that we sell.

Mounting Stained Glass Tiles

For dry indoor mosaics, stained glass can be mounted using Weldbond adhesive, but thinset mortar should be used for outdoor and wet mosaics.

Use in Mosaic Art

Using different materials in mixed-media mosaic is a great way to add texture, dimension, and visual interest.

Not For Floors

Morjo™Stained Glass Mosaic Tiles 3/4 inch is non-porous and can be used outdoors, but we don’t recommend it for flooring.

How To Make Mosaic Art

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or mounting, cutting, and grouting tile, please see our page of Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions or our Mosaic Information Guide, which lists instructional pages described by topic. We also post new articles about making mosaics at our How to Mosaic Blog.

Sample Board Morjo™ Metallic Glass Mosaic Tiles 3/4 Inch

Morjo Metallic Glass Mosaic Tile Sample Board

Sample Board Morjo™ Metallic Glass Mosaic Tiles 3/4 Inch comes with one of each tile in our color palette in the 3/4 inch (20mm) size. Here is more information about the tiles and how they are used:

Morjo™ Metallic Glass Mosaic Tiles have powdered copper swirled inside the molten glass for a permanent sparkle. Sold by the 1/2 pound (approximately 75+ pieces). These tiles are frost proof and can be used outdoors, yet they can be cut into halves, quarters, and triangles with little force using a pair of Mosaic Glass Cutters. The backs of the tiles are embossed with grooves for improved bond strength.

Morjo™ 3/4-Inch Metallic Glass Mosaic Tiles

  • Price is per 1/2 pound (roughly 75+ tiles).
  • Tile dimensions: 3/4 inch x 3/4 inch (20mm x 20mm).
  • Tile thickness: 4mm (1/8 inch nominal).
  • Material: glass with metallic copper dust swirled inside the glass.
  • Coverage: each 1/2 pound covers 0.35 square feet.
  • Coverage: 218 loose tiles cover 1 sq ft. with grout spacing of 1/16 inch.
  • Frost-proof, impervious to liquid.
  • Suitable for indoor/outdoor use.

Product Coverage

Each 1/2 pound covers 0.35 square feet assuming a standard grout spacing of 1/16 inch. To cover 1 square foot, 218 tiles are required. Note that cutting tiles generates some scrap, so you may want to budget 5% extra. You can use our tile estimator to help calculate how much you need for your project.

Compatibility

The 3/4 inch size (20mm) and 1/8 inch nominal thickness (4mm) is an industry standard, which means these tiles can be used with a wide variety of brands.

Cutting Tile

Cuts easily with minimal force using the mosaic glass cutters. Ordinary tile nippers are not recommended for any type of glass.

Use in Mosaic Art

Metallic glass tile can be used to literally add sparkle and break up monotonous color fields. Monotonous color fields made from one tile color are boring and not nearly as interesting as color fields made from several related hues or even shades of the same hue. The occasional metallic glass tile can also be added for sparkle and visual interest.

How To Make Mosaics

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or cutting and grouting tile, please see our Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions page or our How To Mosaic blog or our Mosaic Information Guide.

Sample Board Morjo™ Iridescent Glass Tiles 3/4 Inch

Morjo Iridescent Glass Mosaic Tile Sample Board

Sample Board Morjo™ Iridescent Glass Tiles 3/4 Inch comes with one of each tile in our color palette in the 3/4 inch (20mm) size. The Morjo™ brand or iridescent tiles are mildly iridized so that the underlying colors aren’t obscured, which is a plus when creating images. Here is more information about the tiles and how they are used:

Morjo™ Iridescent Glass Mosaic Tiles 3/4 inch (20mm) are sold loose by the half pound (approximately 75 pieces). The backs are plain colored glass with embossed ridges and grooves to help adhesives bond securely. The 3/4-inch width and ~1/8-inch thickness are standard dimensions, so you can mix and match these with many other brands of tile. All our glass tiles can be cut easily with the Mosaic Glass Cutter we sell.

MILDLY Iridized

Note that the iridescence is MILD and not so glossy that the underlying color is obscured. This is a definite plus because glass that is heavily iridized tends to look the same no matter what color the glass is underneath. These tiles show a significant amount of the underlying color and can be used to render polychromatic images.

Morjo™ Iridescent Glass Mosaic Tiles 3/4-Inch

  • Price is per 1/2 pound.
  • Tile dimensions: 3/4″ x 3/4″ (A standard size and compatible with vitreous tiles from most other manufacturers).
  • Tile thickness: 1/8″ nominal.
  • Coverage: each bag covers 0.35 sq ft. with a grout spacing of 1/16 inch.
  • Coverage: 218 loose tiles cover 1 sq ft. with a grout spacing of 1/16 inch.
  • Pigments: colorfast metal oxide.
  • Only the faces are iridized. The backs are standard finish and embossed with ridges for more secure bonding.
  • cuts easily with a Mosaic Glass Cutter.
  • frost proof.
  • impervious to liquids.
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor installation.
  • NOT suitable for floors.

Product Coverage

Each bag covers 0.35 square feet with a grout spacing of 1/16 inch. Use our tile estimator to calculate how much you need for your project.

Compatibility

Tile thickness is approximately 1/8 inch, which is the same as the other 3/8-inch and 3/4-inch glass mosaic tile we sell.

Cutting Tile

All the glass mosaic tile we sell can be cut quickly with minimal force using a Mosaic Glass Cutter.

Mounting Tiles

For dry indoor mosaics, stained glass can be mounted using Weldbond adhesive, but thinset mortar should be used for outdoor and wet mosaics.

How To Make Mosaic Art

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or mounting, cutting, and grouting tile, please see our page of Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions or our Mosaic Information Guide, which lists instructional pages described by topic. We also post new articles about making mosaics at our How to Mosaic Blog.

Sample Boards Morjo™ Vitreous Glass Tile 3/4 Inch

Morjo-34-Sample-Boards includes the complete color palette.

Sample Boards for Morjo™ Glass Tile 20mm (3/4 inch) is a dated sample set from our current inventory. The samples for this product line are mounted on two boards.

Sample Boards

Sample boards should be used wisely with the understanding that all tile can vary by manufacturer batch, even the most expensive brands. This is because tile is fired in a kiln, and that process is more difficult to control than mixing paint, and so there can be differences in shade or hue. Feel free to contact us if you need to know if a color has changed since you ordered your sample board.

Morjo™ 3/4-Inch Vitreous Glass Mosaic Tile

3/4-inch vitreous glass mosaic tiles by Morjo™ are sold loose in bags of 1/2 kg (1.1 pound), which is about 165 tiles. Like all Morjo Mosaic Tile products, these vitreous tiles are affordable yet suitable for fine art. They are UV resistant and factory certified for commercial exteriors, swimming pools, backsplashes, showers, murals, as well as art-&-craft projects like mosaic stepping stones. The backs of these glass mosaic tiles are embossed with ridges to help the cement or adhesive bond more securely. Mounting grids are available.

Tile Specs

  • tile size: 3/4 inch (20mm)
  • thickness: 1/8 nominal (4mm)
  • sales unit: 1.1-pounds (approximately 165 tiles)
  • material: glass
  • variety: vitreous
  • pigments: colorfast, UV resistant
  • durability: frost-proof, impervious to liquid
  • usage: suitable for indoor and outdoor use

Coverage

With a standard grout gap of approximately 1/16 inch, one bag of approximately 165 tiles will cover 0.76 square feet. Approximately 218 loose tiles are needed to cover 1 square foot. You can also use our tile estimator to calculate how much you need for your project.

Compatibility

Tile thickness is 1/8 inch nominal, the same as most of the glass mosaic tile we sell, which means that these can be used with other types and brands. There are smaller 10mm versions of Morjo™ Vitreous available, and many of the color names are the same, but do not assume that they will match exactly because our current inventory of each size often comes from different manufacturer batches.

Cutting Morjo 3/4-Inch Vitreous

We recommend using the wheel-blade Mosaic Glass Cutter we sell to cut all types of glass mosaic tile including vitreous. (Regular tile nippers are for ceramic tile, and they tend to crush glass tile.)

Use in Mosaic Art

Vitreous glass is sometimes thought of as an architectural surface covering not suitable for rendering images of any sophistication, mostly because of the limited color palette. That is not true. Mosaic is an exercise in using a limited color palette. The exact hue or shade an artist would prefer to use is often not available, even in premium lines of tile, and so the solution is to use approximate colors cut into smaller pieces and positioned together so that they blend visually. For example, if the exact shade of cyan blue is not available, try using a shade slightly lighter and a shade slightly darker in a field of small pieces mixed together.

If this seems daunting, then spend some time browsing pictures of ancient Greek and Roman mosaic and note what sophisticated designs they were able to create with about seven or eight distinct colors. Modern vitreous glass is a rainbow of intense colors by comparison. Also keep in mind that simplifying your design to use a more limited color palette is an opportunity to make the design stronger and more iconic.

How To Make Mosaics

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or cutting and grouting tile, please see our Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions page or our How To Mosaic blog or our Mosaic Information Guide.

Colored Glass Mirror Tile Sample Board 15mm

Sample Board Colored Mirror Tile 15mm

Colored Glass Mirror Tile 15mm is sold in sheets of 36 tiles face-mounted on clear plastic film. These are high-quality tile suitable for architectural installation indoors and outdoors. Avoid using mounting mesh. Avoid using in high chlorine and high sulfur environments or cleaning with acid.


Unlike the cheap crafting tiles sold by our competitors, the silver is more securely bonded into the back side of the glass, and the glass is actually colored (except for Gilt, Metallic, Brass, etc., where the metallic color comes from the alloy of silver used on the back). The use of colored glass is important because the surface coatings on the competitor’s product are easily scratched off the cheap clear glass. The foil on their product also comes off the glass when the tiles are cut. Not so with our mirror tile. You can cut them with confidence. Read our warning about the inferior mirror tile sold by competitors.


Price is per sheet of 36 tiles. Note that the sheet has a standard grout gap of 1/16 inch between tiles, but our photos show the tiles with no space between. Mounting grids are available.


Colored Glass Mirror Tile 15mm

  • tile size: 9/16 inch (15mm)
  • thickness: 1/8 nominal (4mm)
  • sales unit: 36 tiles temporarily mounted face down on clear plastic film
  • sheet size: 3.875 x 3.87 inches
  • material: glass
  • variety: translucent colored glass with slight ripples and bubbles in the surface for an artistic look
  • pigments: colorfast, UV resistant
  • durability: impervious to liquid

Limitations of Use

The manufacturer says that swimming pools are acceptable, but these are a new product, and long-term test data for use in pools does not exist. (Use in pools would be at customer risk and require best practices for grouting and sealing.)

  • Install INDOORS for longest life.
  • OUTDOOR use should be ok, but avoid high chlorine and sulfur environments and cleaning with acid.
  • Product has been tested in UV sunlight and installed in low and high temperature locations with no problems observed to date.
  • Avoid using mounting mesh.
  • Avoid using in environments high in chlorine or sulfur.
  • Our opinion is that these could last a long time in an outdoor mosaic patio table if thoroughly sealed, but these are a new product and aging over years and decades is unknown.

Coverage

With a standard grout gap of approximately 1/16 inch, one sheet of 36 tile will cover approximately 0.11 square foot. Nine (9) sheets covers 1 square feet.

Compatibility

Tile thickness is 1/8 inch nominal, the same as most of the glass mosaic tile we sell, which means that these can be used with other types and brands.

Cutting Colored Glass Mirror Tile 15mm

We recommend using the wheel-blade Mosaic Glass Cutter we sell to cut these and other types of glass mosaic tile. Unlike the cheaply made mirror-tiles sold be competitors, these tiles can be cut without causing the silver to fall of the glass.

Use in Mosaic Art

These are mirror tiles, but there is waviness in the glass and silver which make the reflections distorted compared to a normal flat mirror. The purpose of the mirror is in these tiles is to reflect light not distinct images. Do not order if that is a problem. There is a fairly complete color palette available, and so an artist could render and image using only these mirror tiles, but they can be used with standard-finish varieties of glass tile.

How To Make Mosaics

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or cutting and grouting tile, please see our Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions page or our How To Mosaic blog or our Mosaic Information Guide.

Morjo Mosaic Tile ™ Sample Board 12mm

Sample Board Morjo Mosaic Tile 12mm

12mm Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile by MORJO Mosaic Tile are sold on removable paper sheets of 49 tiles glued face down with chalky-backs showing. (Remove by paper and chalky mold release by soaking for about 1/2 hour.) Each sheet covers approximately 1/11 of a square foot assuming a grout gap of 1/16 inch. These tiles have a glossy finish, and the glass has solid color throughout (and not just on the tops or bottoms.) Opaque when mounted on an opaque surface. Back sides are chalky, but they wash clean when the paper is soaked off the faces. More details below:

Chalky backs of tile
Chalky BACKS of tile are showing. The faces are nice and glossy, but they come face down on the removable paper sheets. Soak the tiles for about a half hour to remove the paper.

These wonderful tiles cut cleanly into tiny pieces with minimal waste, and so they are an ideal material for micromosaic artwork. They are hard and durable and UV-resistant and can be used for the exteriors of commercial buildings. The fusing process for making these tiles from powdered recycled glass is referred to as “warm glass” or “enamel glass” or “pate de verre.” Mounting grids are available.

Soaking To Remove Paper

Soaking to remove paper is NOT extra work! Why not? Because you should always rinse loose tile to remove glass dust created during shipment. These tiles are glued with starch glue, which turns to jelly in water and is rinsed away. Please do not order if that is a problem. These are a premium material intended for artists wanting the best colors at a competitive price. Soak for less than 1/2 hour to avoid turning the paper to pulp.

White Chalk on Bottoms

There is factory chalk on the bottoms of the tiles, which rinses off easily in the soaking process. The tiles look as photographed on our website once soaked free of the paper.

Morjo 1/2-Inch Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile

  • tile size: ~1/2 inch (12mm)
  • thickness: 1/8 nominal (4mm), but runs slightly thicker than most other brands nominally 4mm
  • sales unit: 49 tiles temporarily mounted face down on paper.
  • sheet size: 3.625 x 3.625 inches (~1/11 square foot).
  • material: glass
  • variety: recycled glass
  • pigments: colorfast, UV resistant
  • durability: frost-proof, impervious to liquid
  • usage: suitable for indoor and outdoor use

Coverage

Each sheet of 49 tiles is 3.625 inch x 3.625 inch and covers 1/11 of a square foot assuming a standard grout gap of 1/16 inch. Use our tile estimator to calculate how much you need for your grouted project. For no grout gap, you will need about 13.2 sheets to cover each square foot.

Grout Gap?

Note that dry indoor mosaics do not have to be grouted (and thus you can simply mount the tiles tightly together), but outdoor and wet mosaics must have grout to prevent water from penetrating behind the tiles. The best way to ensure that the gaps between the tiles is to leave a 1/16-inch gap instead of pressing them tightly together, and this point seems counterintuitive to some people. Consider this: you can never mount them so closely together that water can’t penetrate it, but you can accidentally put them so close that grout doesn’t get adequately pressed into the crack during the grouting process.

Compatibility

These tiles have a NOMINAL thickness of 1/8 inch (4mm), which is the same nominal thickness as most of the glass tile we sell, but these run slightly thicker than Elementile and vitreous.

Cutting Morjo 12mm Glass Mosaic Tile

The MORJO brand cuts like butter into tiny pieces using a pair of Mosaic Glass Cutters. You can make tiny cubes without a lot slivers or cutting waste. This makes them ideal for micromosaic or rendering small details in larger work.

Use in Mosaic Art

The color palette of the Morjo Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile is rich in hue and tint, and this makes it a professional rendering tool suitable for portaiture and murals. The 12mm (~1/2 inch) size is sufficiently large for conventional applications, but the material cuts very cleanly into small pieces that can be used for micromosaic artwork.

Sample Board Penny Rounds 20mm

Sample Board Penny Rounds 20mm

Sample Board for our 3/4-Inch (20mm) Penny Rounds is a dated sample set from our current inventory.

Sample Boards

Sample boards should be used wisely with the understanding that all tile can vary by manufacturer batch, even the most expensive brands. This is because tile is fired in a kiln, and that process is more difficult to control than mixing paint, and so there can be differences in shade or hue. Feel free to contact us if you need to know if a color has changed since you ordered your sample board.

Penny Rounds 20mm

Glass Penny Rounds 3/4 inch (20mm) are circular glass tiles that are opaque with solid color throughout. They are superior to glass gems because they are more consistent in size, easier to grout, and richer in color. Each 1/2-pound bag contains about 50 whole pieces plus 2 or 3 broken pieces. The thickness is 6mm, compared to 4mm for most glass mosaic.

Glass Penny Rounds 3/4 Inch (20mm)

  • Price is per 1/2 pound.
  • There are approximately 50+ loose pieces per 1/2 pound plus an occasional broken piece.
  • Tile diameter: 3/4 inch (20mm).
  • Tile thickness: 6mm.
  • Material: glass with UV resistant mineral pigments.
  • Coverage: 1/2 pound covers 29+ square inches
  • Coverage: 1 square foot can be covered with 2.5 pounds.
  • Frost-proof, impervious to liquid.
  • Suitable for indoor/outdoor use.

Product Coverage

Each 1/2-pound bag (approximately 50+ pieces) covers 29+ square inches with all pieces touching. With a standard grout spacing of 1/16 inch, you could get 30 to 31 square inches or more of coverage. To cover 1 square foot, you would need 2.5 pounds.

Compatibility

The Glass Penny Rounds are 6mm thick, which is 50% thicker than the 1/8 inch nominal thickness of most glass tile and stained glass. This means the Penny Rounds will stick out slightly from surrounding tile giving your mosaic some texture and dimension. Note that the tops of the Penny Rounds are flat, so they are easier to grout than glass gems which have a dome-shaped surface that tends to get covered by grout at the edges. In other words, Penny Rounds give the surface of your mosaic dimension yet aren’t a pain to grout.

Cutting Tile

The Glass Penny Rounds are easily cut just like other types of glass mosaic tile. You use a pair of mosaic glass cutters, which is a pliers hand tool with wheel shaped blades, and the piece being cut is compressed between the blades and snapped apart with minimal force.

Use in Mosaic Art

The circular pieces can be nested for area coverage, but Penny Rounds are best used as accents in mosaic art made from various materials and shapes. Note that these are slightly thicker than most varieties of glass tile, but this is a positive feature because it adds texture to the surface of the mosaic.

How To Make Mosaics

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or mounting, cutting, and grouting tile, please see our page of Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions or our Mosaic Information Guide, which lists instructional pages described by topic. We also post new articles about making mosaics at our How to Mosaic Blog.

Elementile Sample Board 8mm

8mm Elementile Sample Board

Elementile Sample Board 8mm Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile comes with one of each tile in our color palette in the 5/16 inch (8mm) size IN BOTH STANDARD FINISH AND IRIDESCENT FINISH. You can use this board to identify the 12mm size because the colors are the same (subject to batch variations). TINY 8mm Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile by Elementile are our recommended material for micromosaic projects. Here is more information about the tiles and how they are used:

The 5/16 inch (8mm) Recycled Glass Mosaic Tiles by Elementile are sold loose by the 1/4 pound (approximately 175+ pieces), which covers 0.14 square feet with a standard grout gap of 1/32 inch. The glass has a glossy finish and solid color throughout, and it is opaque when mounted on an opaque surface. The tiles are hard, durable, and they can be used for the exteriors of commercial buildings. They are made from 97% recycled powdered glass in a fusing process referred to as “warm glass” or “pate de verre” or “enamel glass.” Mounting grids are available.

Elementile 8mm Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile

  • tile size: 5/16 inch (8mm)
  • thickness: 1/8 nominal (4mm)
  • sales unit: 1/4 pound (approximately 175+ pieces)
  • material: glass
  • variety: recycled
  • pigments: colorfast, UV resistant
  • durability: frost-proof, impervious to liquid
  • usage: suitable for indoor and outdoor use

Coverage

A 1/4 bag of 175 loose tiles will cover 0.14 sq ft. with a grout spacing of about 1/32 inch. To cover 1 square foot with a standard grout spacing of about 1/32 inch, you would need 1225 tiles or seven bags, but for large area coverage, order a little extra in case the tile is running incrementally thicker/heavier than normal, which could cause the piece count to run under 175.

Note that dry indoor mosaics do not have to be grouted (and thus you can simply mount the tiles tightly together), but outdoor and wet mosaics must have grout to prevent water from penetrating behind the tiles. The best way to ensure that the gaps between the tiles is to leave a 1/32-inch gap instead of pressing them tightly together, and this point seems counter intuitive to some people. Consider this: you can never mount tile so closely together that water couldn’t penetrate between, but you can put them so close that grout can’t get pressed into the gap sufficiently during the grouting process.

Compatibility

Tile thickness is 1/8 inch nominal, the same as the 3/8-inch and 3/4-inch glass mosaic tile we sell. Note that the 8mm Elementile have the same color names as the 12mm Elementile, but you should never assume that two sizes of a particular color will be identical because they may have come from different manufacturer batches.

Cutting Elementile 8mm

This product cuts extremely well with the mosaic glass cutter that we sell. In fact, the homogeneous nature of pate de verre glass means that it cuts better than most types of glass tile and produces more useful pieces with fewer splinters and dust and waste.

Use in Mosaic Art

Elementile’a rich color palette make it a professional rendering tool that can be used for photo-realist portraiture and fine art mosaic. The colors available are more like the canonical hues of artist oil paint and less like the arbitrary mixed hues of most lines of architectural tile. The material cuts very cleanly into small pieces that can be used for micromosaic artwork.

How To Make Mosaic Art

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or mounting, cutting, and grouting tile, please see our page of Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions or our Mosaic Information Guide, which lists instructional pages described by topic. We also post new articles about making mosaics at our How to Mosaic Blog.

Smalti Sample Board

Smalti Sample Board

Smalti Sample Board contains all the colors of Mud Turtle Mosaic™ brand smalti that we currently carry. The factory makes some intermediate tints in addition to the tints shown on the board, but we don’t carry those simply because they are hard to distinguish from the tints we already have. We carry all the factory’s hues. The rest of the information below describes the smalti:

Smalti is traditional hand-cut mosaic glass that has a different look and feel from molded tile. It is the glass to use for reproducing religious icons, antique mosaic art, or making modern interpretations of classical designs. It is sold by the 1/4 pound, which is 40+ pieces on average.

Mud Turtle Mosaic™ brand smalti is a next-generation smalti. It looks like ordinary smalti (non-molded hand-cut rectangles), but it can be cut more predictably and cleanly with less waste and fewer shards, which often an issue with smalti. Avoid having to discard a significant percentage of your expensive materials as cutting scrap. This brand cuts more efficiently because of how it is poured and cooled. With Mud Turtle Mosaic™ smalti, extra care is taken to ensure that the mixture is more homogeneous and that little or no cold seams are formed during the pouring of the molten material out on the slab. The result is that are fewer blobs and swirls and fault plains inside the glass. These artificial internal structures are what causes regular smalti to break in such odd ways and form such vicious finger-poking shards. With this brand, there are also fewer surface pits and crevices for grouts and mortars to contaminate.

Product Coverage

One sales unit (1/4-pound) covers a little over 9 square inches uncut with no grout spacing. Depending on how you cut the smalti, you could get about 12 to 14 square inches of coverage per 1/4 pound. A good rule of thumb is 2.5 to 3 pounds per square foot.

Traditionally mosaics made from smalti were not grouted. However, if your mosaic will be outdoors or in a wet location, then you need to leave a gap between the tiles so that if can be filled with grout to seal out moisture. Having a grout gap means that you will need about 10 to 15% less smalti than otherwise.

Piece Count

One sales unit (1/4-pound) USUALLY contains 40+ pieces, with 42 being the average for the material we sampled. However, the smalti is sold by weight, and if the factory cuts a batch with slightly larger pieces, then that batch will have fewer pieces per 1/4 pound.

Compatibility

Smalti is hand cut when it is made at the factory, and so it had a different look and feel from regular molded glass mosaic tile that is pressed into a uniform shape. Smalti is also significantly thicker than most of the glass tile we sell. For these reasons, mosaics look best when they are made from one type material or the other but not both.

Cutting Smalti

Mud Turtle Mosaic™ Smalti cuts extremely well with the mosaic glass cutters that we sell.

Smalti Mosaic Glass

  • Price is per 1/4 pound, which is USUALLY 40+ pieces.
  • The factory could potentially cut the pieces slightly larger, which would reduce the piece count per 1/4 pound.
  • hand-cut non-molded rectangular pieces.
  • variable dimensions: ~1/4 inch x ~5/8 inch x ~1/4 inch thick.
  • coverage: about 2.5 to 3 pounds per square foot with coverage being affected by how the smalti is cut by the artist.
  • Pigments: colorfast metal oxide.
  • Solid color throughout.
  • Opaque.
  • Cut surface is glossy.
  • Cuts relatively easily with mosaic glass cutters.
  • Heat, frost and chemical resistant.
  • Suitable for both commercial and residential installation, indoors and out.

Use in Mosaic Art

This smalti is probably the best you can find is you need to render small details in smalti because it can be cut smaller with less waste than other brands. It also has little or no surface pitting, so you can grout a mosaic made from this material without having specks of grout remaining all over the face of the mosaic in pits. The product is highly recommended.

How To Make Mosaic Art

For more advice on designing your mosaic project or mounting, cutting, and grouting tile, please see our page of Mosaic Frequently Asked Questions or our Mosaic Information Guide, which lists instructional pages described by topic. We also post new articles about making mosaics at our How to Mosaic Blog.

Mosaic Tiles Sample 10-COLORS

Free 10 Colour Tile Sample

This sample set includes 10 colors (approximately 1 or 2 pieces each), individually labeled, which you can specify in the order notes at check out.

How To Order Samples

  1. Click the “Add to Cart” button on this page.
  2. Make a list of the 10 colors you’d like in the set.
  3. When you check out and pay for your order, include the list of colors in the ORDER NOTES.

NOTE: Please include the color list in your order notes during check-out, otherwise we’ll contact you via email for details and it may delay your order.

Each sample is individually labeled for easy look up.

Note that stained glass varies by sheet, so we cannot provide sample size quantities.