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02-27-2008, 07:30 PM
I need some help.

I have an idea to use standard stained glass type of glass as a glass tile on a shower surround. Stained glass is thinner than glass tile. Can stained glass be used for glass tile in a shower surround? I understand I will have to sand the edges. The tiles will be about 1x1. Can it be used on the floor? Ideas, suggestions.....

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02-27-2008, 07:57 PM
Do NOT use stained glass on the floor. It is not rated for floors. It can and will break.

And when it breaks, it makes VERY VERY VERY sharp edges. It would likely be fine for shower walls (and yes, do smooth the edges - dremel makes a good bit for this - looks like a tiny green carrot - you can smooth in situ pretty easily and quickly. If you go this route, practice with the dremel on some scrap - it's easy to skip across the surface of the tile, scratching it all up as you go. Do it prior to grouting. You'll shred your grout sponge otherwise).

Make sure you use a thinset that is rated for glass. Read the manufacturer's info on the bag. And if you are using stained glass that is the SLIGHTEST bit transparent, use white thinset, rather than grey, otherwise the thinset will dull the tiles. It's more expensive than the grey, but worth it in the end. To test this, put something dark immediately next to something light (like a piece of black paper, and a piece of white paper. Or a black tile and a white tile. Whatever) and then hold your stained glass over BOTH backgrounds. Move it around (sometimes the glass has striations of transparency). If you can see through the glass enough to determine the background color, use white thinset.

Vitreous Glass tiles made by Opio and Bisazza aren't bad, and can be used for floors IN NON TRAFFIC AREAS. They can be cracked by a woman in high-heels though, which is rarely a problem in a shower. And when they do crack or break, they don't make nearly the razor-sharp edges that stained glass does. As far as I know, Opus Romano (looks like chicklets) is the only mosaic glass tile that is rated for all floor applications.

Honestly, I'd go with ceramic or stone for a shower floor - one with a good non-slip rating.

02-27-2008, 10:06 PM
there is also various sized porcelain tile that is commonly used for shower floors.

02-29-2008, 02:58 PM
I've used the daltile Keystones before in my mosaics, and they are good tiles. I agree that they would be an excellent choice for a shower floor. They are a bit thicker than other tiles of this type, and thus a bit more difficult for my female hands to cut with hand tools, but certainly doable. (I use Starrett double-geared cutters for shaping ceramic, and they work beautifully).