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
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. Use our tile estimator to calculate how much you need for your project.
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.
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
The recycled glass 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
A set of tweezers can make working with these tiny tiles a lot less tedious. An 8mm Tile Mounting Grid is available for mounting designs one Mounting Paper or Tile Mounting Tape. For dry indoor mosaics, these tiles can be mounted with Weldbond Adhesive.
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 Mosaics