StainedGlassTile.com

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I calculate how many tiles I’ll need for my project?

How do I get the best results when using Weldbond?

How do I glue glass to glass?

How do I avoid vertical tile slippage?

Does mirrored stained glass require special preparation?

Which side of the mirror do I score?

Can I use stained glass tiles for outdoor projects?

Can I purchase tumbled glass in a single color?

Why Is the color of the tiles I received a little different from
the tiles I received in my last order even though I ordered the same color?

Can I use stained glass for my kitchen or bathroom backsplash?

What type of glass should I use for a wall application?

What should I use to mount glass on a wall?

Do you mount glass tiles on mesh?

Do you custom cut glass?

Does stained glass have a front and back side?

What is the best way to cut Waterglass?

Can I upgrade the shipping for my order?

What is the best shipping method for international orders?

If I'm an international customer how much glass can I expect to fit in a flat rate box?

Are you open to the public?

How do I calculate how many tiles I’ll need for my project?

First, calculate the total number of square inches or square feet you’ll be covering. Do this by multiplying length times width. For example, let’s say you have a table that is a 2' by 3' rectangle. 2 x 3 gives you 6 square feet. If you need to know the square inches multiply the number of square feet by 144. (6 X 144 =864) Now that you know what the area to be covered is you need to decide which size tile you would like to use. Below is a list of how many tiles, by size, is in a square foot of glass.

 

Tile Size

Number of Tiles per Square Foot

Approximate number of tiles needed if your grout space is 1/8 Inch

1/4” x 1/4"

2,300

1,500

3/8” x 3/8”

1024.

770

1/2” x 1/2"

576

460

3/4” x 3/4"

256

220

1” x 1”

144

130

1 -1/4" x 1”

576

460

1/2” x 2”

144

130

 

How do I get the best results when using Weldbond?
When gluing stained glass tiles to any surface, less is better. Weldbond is thin and spreads easily.  You want to avoid having the glue ooze out from underneath the tile so just use a little on the back of each tile.  Applying the glue to each tile moves along pretty quickly.  I usually apply glue to 15 or 20 tiles then lay those tiles down.

 Another method is to spread a thin layer of glue over a small area with a small brush and then lay the tiles down.  When using this method I generally try not to apply more glue to a surface than I can cover in five minutes.


How do I glue glass to glass?

Again, less is always best.  When gluing glass to glass I apply a very small amount of glue to four corners of the stained glass tile, leaving the center clear of glue. Leaving a small space in the middle creates an air pocket when you mount the tile to the glass surface. Weldbond is water based so that air pocket helps the water evaporate which allows the glue to dry and cure. When Weldbond is used to glue traditional stained glass to a surface and is properly applied it cannot be seen through the glass when it dries.  Please note, when gluing clear (no color) glass to clear glass the Weldbond dries clear but is not invisible.

How do I avoid vertical tile slippage?
When gluing stained glass tile to a vertical surface slippage can be an issue. I decorate concrete table edges with stained glass tiles and to avoid slippage I apply a small amount of glue to the back of the tile first. I then brush a thin layer on the surface I'm going to apply the glass tile to.  I let both sit for about five minutes.  This allows the glue to tacky up a bit. This helps tremendously with slippage. Obviously, the smaller the stained glass tile, the better. I usually don't use tiles larger than one inch square.

 

Does mirrored stained glass require special preparation?
Mirrored Stained Glass Tiles can add sparkle to your project but mirror requires a little extra preparation.  Avoid grinding the mirror unless you have a mirror bit for your grinder.  The manufacture recommends spraying the back and edges of the stained glass mirror tile with shellac or Sprayway Mirror Edge Sealant. This helps to protect the silver coat. We use Weldbond when using mirror on our projects but the manufacturer recommends mirror mastic when possible. Remember; don't allow the mastic to build up in the grout spaces.  Glass is thin and this can easily happen.

 

Which side of the mirror do I score?

Score the glass (reflective) side. You should avoid disturbing the backing when possible.

 

Can I use stained glass tiles for outdoor projects?
Yes. The surface you’re going to use for your outdoor project is very important so do your homework and make sure you prepare your surface so it won’t swell or flex with changes in the weather such as rain and freezing temperatures. When working on most outdoor projects we use clear silicone to adhere the glass tiles to the surface.  You can buy silicone that is heat, water and freeze proof which means it will give a little when the temperature changes. It's very important to remember silicone is thick so you can't allow it build up in the grout space. If it dries in the grout space removing it is a very tedious process.  It can be done with a razor blade but believe me, you have better things to do!

 

Can I purchase tumbled glass in single colors?
Currently the only single color we offer is green.  We nip scraps as we work on our designs and as of this writing we’re just not set up keep hundreds of scrap colors separate.

Why Is the Color of the tiles I just received a little different than the tiles I received in my last order, even though I ordered the same color?
There are a couple of reasons for this. One reason is stained glass is handmade and each sheet is going to be subject to the subtleties of the operator.  Also, glass is made in batches so each batch may differ slightly from the previous batch, just like dye lots in material.  That's why if a slight variance in color bothers you, you should do your best to determine how many glass tiles or sheets of each color you'll need for your project.  If you need help determining how much glass you need please see our guide under the FAQ section.

Can I use stained glass for my kitchen or bathroom backsplash?
Yes. However special consideration needs to be made for corners and edges.  Also, choosing the right type of glass is important.

Corners and Edges - Unlike ceramic tile, there are no bull nose or rounded pieces when using stained glass. Small trim is an option for those areas.

You can use small tiles for that truly mosaic effect or you can use larger pieces of glass. It all depends on the effect you're trying to create.

 

What type of glass should I use for a wall application?
Wispy Opalescent is the best choice. The darker wispy translucent colors can also be used. The most important thing is to make sure the glass you choose isn't translucent enough to see through when applied to the wall.

What should I use to mount glass on a wall?
If the glass you're using is opaque you can use thinset to mount the glass to the wall. Using thinnest eliminates the problem of vertical slippage. Remember; don't allow the thinnest to build up in the grout space between the glass tiles.

Do you mount glass tiles on mesh?
No. But you can find mounting material pretty easily if you would like to mount it yourself.

 

Do you custom cut glass?
Yes. Most of our glass comes to us in 2'x4' sheets so we can cut it to whatever size you may need. However, shipping becomes an issue with large sheets. Large sheets of glass are fragile and our goal is to make sure your glass arrives in perfect condition.  Email Robin for information on larger sheets of glass.

 

Does stained glass have a front and back side?
Definitely. Depending on the color, it's usually pretty obvious. The shinier side is the top side. Also, you can generally feel a slight rise in the striation.

What is the best way to cut Waterglass?
Score the glass on either side, it really doesn't matter.

Can I upgrade the shipping for my order?
Yes. You'll need to email us or give us a call to request expedited shipping.
We can overnight your order via USPS Express Shipping or UPS Overnight Shipping.  We'll Email or call you with the additional cost for expedited shipping. Remember, we're on the east coast so we may be calling early!

 

What is the best shipping method for international orders?

Without doubt, the United States Postal Services’ Priority International Flat Rate Boxes. Rate and weight limits are as follows. If you don't see your location listed just email Robin for the rate.

 

Canada: Small Flat Rate Box or Padded Envelope - Weight limit 4 pounds, $19.95

Medium Flat Rate Box - Weight limit 20 pounds, $40.95

Large Flat Rate Box - Weight Limit 20 pounds $53.95

 

Australia, Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands. Germany, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Monaco

 

Small Flat Rate Box or Padded Envelope - Weight Limit 4 pounds $23.95

Medium Flat Rate Box - Weight Limit 20 pounds $59.95

Large Flat Rate Box - Weight Limit 20 pounds $77.95

 

Priority Rates (non-flat rate) range from

Up to 1 pound for $34.44 to - Up to 8 pounds for $51.38

 

If you're interested in Priority non-flat rates email Robin for a quote.

 

The United States Postal Service estimates time in transit as 10 to 14 business days. If you need information on VAT please contact your postal/customs service.

 

 

If I'm an international customer how much glass can I expect to fit in a flat rate box?
Both the Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes have 20 pound weight limits.  The Small Flat Rate Box Has A Weight Limit Of 4 Pounds. There are hundreds of size and quantity combinations possible but here's a rough guide.

Small Flat Rate Box
   1/4 inch 4,000 Glass Tiles
   3/8 inch - 1,000
  1/2 inch- 500
  3/4 inch - 200
  1" inch - 100

Medium Flat Rate Box
   1/4 inch - 18,000
   3/8 inch - 12,000
   1/2 inch - 6,000
   3/4 inch - 2,000
   1 inch - 1,800

or

13, 8 x 8 Inch Sheets

Large Flat Rate Box
   1/4 inch - 25,000
   3/8 inch - 12,000
  1/2 inch -  6,000
  3/4 inch - 3,000
  1 inch - 1,800

Approximate weight of glass tiles

100 - 1/4 inch - 1.2 ounces
500 - 1/4 inch 6 ounces
100 - 1/2 inch - 5 ounces
500 - 1/2 inch -  1-1/2 pounds
100 - 3/8 inch -2.8 ounces
500 – 3/8 inch – 14 ounces
100 - 3/4 inch - 10 ounces
500 3/4 inch - 3 pounds
100 1 inch – 1-1/2 pounds
500 1 inch – 7-1/2 pounds

 

Are you open to the public?

No. Due to our busy work schedule we are unable to open the glass shop to the public.
If you’re on or in the vicinity of the island we will mark your order as “local delivery” for a next day delivery at a reduced rate. Please give us a call or email us for additional information.  If you’re planning a visit to the island and would like to pick up an order please give us a call to arrange for a pickup time.

 

No warranty is implied by these instructions.   Mosaic materials are often sharp.  Keep out of reach of children.  This information should not be used in place of advice from professional contractors.