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Rough Bottoms for Improved Bonding

The bottoms of these tiles are left intentionally rough from gritty mold release (chalk) for improved bond strength. In my experience, and rough, scratched, or etched glass is more effective than embossed ridges. Rough bottoms also has another important advantage over embossed ridges: they don’t interfere with cutting.



After cutting, both halves of the penny tile will fly out and sometimes far across the room (safety glasses are a good idea!). I found it was best to stick the tile nippers into a container (jaws facing down) as I cut, so that the halves of tile bounced off the walls and then into the container, preventing the five-minute treasure hunt for lost pieces. No need to get fancy here–I used an old tupperware container which worked great.

Another option is to leave the penny tile attached to the mesh backing that it comes on, which will prevent it from flying away when it is cut.


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. You can use these with other brands of recycled glass and even vitreous glass, although the graininess of some vitreous colors might not look good when combined with the homogeneous glassiness of recycled glass tiles.


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