Important Product Information
Bendable Mosaic Tiles and associated products are all EXCLUSIVELY made and sold by Make Mosaics. Each Bendable Mosaic Tile, Mosaic Tile Strip and Bendable Self-Sticking Element is handcrafted by Terry Greene, artist and owner of Make Mosaics. As such, each item produced has slight imperfections, and no two tiles look 'exactly' alike. Each is a little piece of art all on it's own :) Here are the key things you need to know about each of these products so that you can best know how to work with them, get the results you desire, and care for them over time.
HANDLING THE TILES:
First thing you need to know is that the tiles have a slightly tacky to sticky touch, so you need to know that when working with them. Once the tiles are applied to a project, they can be sealed, which eliminates the tacky nature. Additionally, you'll notice they have a slight odor that smells much like acrylic paint. If this bothers you, take your tile out of its wrapper well in advance of working with it and be sure to work in a well ventilated area. Additionally, you should wash your hands after working with these tiles to wash off any residue. That being said, please follow these guidelines:
-Never lay tiles directly on top of each other. Once two tiles are stuck together, it's usually very difficult to get them apart again, at least without causing some damage to one or both.
-Never lay the tiles directly on to wood, paper or other porous surfaces as they tile may damage the surface of the wood and stick to paper PERMANENTLY :(
-You should always use the original plastic wrapper or other smooth plastic surface as a place to lay or store your tiles. A regular plastic baggie is just fine. You can also safely lay these tiles on granite or glass surfaces. When removing a tile from laying on a glass or granite surface, there will likely be suction, requiring you peel it off.
-Take care when storing left over tiles that you plan to use for another project so they don't clump up or get stuck together.
-Damaged tiles as a result of sticking to another tile or porous surface CAN still be used; they just may not look exactly the same.
-Each tile has a peel and stick backing. Sometimes, as you're holding the tile and cutting it, the backing can slide around just a bit. Just be aware and keep it in check as you cut. You can trace images to the backing with a pen using it as a guide to cut that shape from your tile - just don't forget to REVERSE your image since you're tracing it onto the BACK side of the tile. Sometimes, it's possible to have pieces that don't stick properly. If that happens, simply use superglue or any clear craft glue, to complete the placement of the tile piece.
-The tiles are NOT designed for outdoor use. They are a piece of artwork in and of themselves and should be treated in the same way you'd treat any piece of artwork.
CREATING WITH THE TILES:
-The tiles can be cut with any pair of sharp scissors. Due to the tacky nature of these tiles, they will eventually gunk up a pair of scissors. For that reason, Dollar Store scissors are the BEST choice. Once the scissors stop working smoothly, you can simply toss and replace. Or, if you're good like that, you can also use a gunk remover to clean them up. Just remember a nice sharp pair of scissors provide you with the BEST tile cutting experience.
-It's a good idea to work with a large scissors for basic cuts and to use a tiny manicuring scissors for very detailed cuts. Again, both available at the Dollar Store.
-Tiles can be cut into any shape as a whole or cut into smaller pieces to use for making jewelry or creating mosaic artwork. When making mosaic artwork, there are two basic ways to cut your tile: 1) In uniform shapes and sizes, such as rectangles or squares, or 2) In random shapes and sizes. When you work with uniform pieces, you're essentially lining up and stacking pieces, only making cuts when needed until you complete the project, so it's the fastest method. When you work with random shapes, you're essentially putting together a puzzle as you fill in your project, having to make cuts frequently to make pieces fit right. As a result, this method takes the longest, BUT produces a beautiful cracked eggshell type of look. Choose wisely.
-When doing mosaic projects, you do not need to use grout. There are two approaches; 1) you can place your tiles directly side by side, not leaving any grout lines in between them or 2) you simply paint the background in your desired "grout" color, leaving some amount of a grout line in between each tile piece as you place them. However, there is a way to "grout" your surface, using acrylic gel medium, which would create a bonded and unified surface across all the tiles. You can learn more about this in my videos and posts.
CARE, MAINTENANCE & STORAGE:
-It's ok if the tiles get wet, but they should NEVER soak in water, be run through a dishwashing cycle or be worn to swim or bathe. If you expect your item to get wet now and then, just be sure to put a clear sealer on it for some protection.
-When you store or display any of your works created with our tiles, take care to protect those surfaces so you don't inadvertently create unwanted indentations.
-Do not expose to direct heat; the tiles should be stored in a cool dry place.