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Old 03-18-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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Cutting penny tiles

Hi. I can't seem to find any good advice on this. I am trying to "simply" cut 3/4" ceramic penny tiles in half. The remaining half keeps splitting perpendicularly. Any helpful hints to prevent the part I want to keep from splintering? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:42 AM   #2
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Hi, Welcome !

How are you cutting?
What tool are you using?
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:01 AM   #3
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You could make a little jig (happy st.Patrick's Day ) like this to hold the round tile in place on your wet saw.


Holding the little piece with one fingertip can be tough, just don't lose the fingertip!

Might work on a snap cutter as well, dunno.

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Old 03-19-2009, 02:32 PM   #4
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tape the back side of the mosaic with HVAC aluminium tape. the tiles/mesh must be dry.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:22 PM   #5
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I use carpet tape you can get at hd its clear I lay out a couple sheets place carpet tape over face of tiles easier with 2. Then cut install and peel after mortor sets. A really good blade is always important.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:19 PM   #6
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Penny tiles again.

Thanks everyone. I am using a good old-fashioned tile nipper which is the only thing that works most of the time for cutting 1/3 off, which will likely work for my project. I could likely file off more if I need it. Any advice on what to use for that? I don't need to be that precise because I'm intending to wainscot the wall and cover the edges. I went to HD with a sample tile and tried a manual cutter which didn't work and really want to keep all my digits intact so avoiding the wetsaw - a contractor friend used one with his pennies but he's a bit handier (or maybe just crazier) than me. One thought is that potentially if the tile nippers came wider than 5/8" (which I haven't found) then perhaps they wouldnt split the tiles at 3/4" diameter? Does that make any sense? Cheers.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:50 PM   #7
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I'd be interested in hearing some stories, cause I don't see how you could cut off a finger with a tile saw.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:56 PM   #8
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I just don't trust myself. Anyways, I just wanted to post my "eureka" moment. I just set the nippers off to one end of the tile 1/2-way through and it splits near-perfect everytime. I feel pretty silly at this point but thank you all for your advice.
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Glad to hear the snips work, which is not really a surprise. They can take some getting used to to get the feel of them, and are a workout for the forearms.

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Old 03-21-2009, 08:14 AM   #10
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Dlas,
For exposed cuts using your nippers, pre-score the glaze using a glass cutting tool. With the glaze scored, the tile should snap with a much cleaner line.
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