OUTLINERS Mosaic Sticks™ are square glass rods about 4mm wide by 4mm thick (nominally), which is the same nominal thickness as most of the glass mosaic tile we sell. That makes OUTLINERS™ idea for outlining figures and drawing small letters and numerals in mosaic pictures made from glass tile. (NOTE: Sometimes glass tile runs slightly thinner than its nominal thickness.)
Outliners™ are easily cut using our Mosaic Glass Cutters.
OUTLINERS™ are sold by weight of 2oz, which is about 50 to 60 total inches of sticks and broken stick pieces.
OUTLINERS™ are manufactured as 4 inch long sticks, but some are already broken when they arrive from the factory, at least in most batches.
Do not order if you need all unbroken sticks. Shipping and handling can cause a few to break, and sometimes all we have are broken pieces.
TIP: Short pieces can be mounted end to end without a grout gap to make one long piece visually.
Never Install Tile in Batches
All tile varies by manufacturer batch, and sometimes a color will go out of stock for an extended period if the manufacturer isn’t making it. Order enough for the entire project to make sure you have what you need.
A bag of 2 oz is roughly 50 to 60 total inches of length. The width is roughly 4mm or 1/8 inch. That means the total surface area is about 7.5 square inches.
OUTLINERS were made to be used with glass tile 4mm thick, which is the nominal thickness of most of what we sell, but keep in mind that glass tile can sometimes run thinner than its nominal thickness. There is also a potential issue when using these with pieces cut from 20mm vitreous glass tile.
The ridged backs of 20mm vitreous tiles are slightly concave in some brands, and so pieces cut from the center of the tile will be thinner than 4mm. (No big deal for most people.)
In spite of those two points, we have still been able to make functional coasters and tables using Outliners and the thinner tile. Note that the surface was not perfectly smooth in that case, but we preferred the texture that resulted. (As long as you smooth the edges of the cut glass with a rubbing stone, you can have that sort of texture.)
People needing a perfectly smooth surface should probably avoid using these, but it is possible to use these in tables and coasters.
Cutting OUTLINERS Mosaic Sticks™
OUTLINERS™ are easily cut using our Mosaic Glass Cutters.
OUTLINERS Mosaic Sticks™
- sold by 2oz, which is approximately 50 to 60 inches of total length.
- square glass rods with solid color throughout.
- length varies, but less than 4 inches.
- roughly 4mm thick x roughly 4mm wide, but can vary thicker.
- Coverage: 2 oz will cover 7.5 square inches. Or outline a length of roughly 50 to 60 inches.
- Frost-proof, impervious to liquid.
- Suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
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.;