|Example of the Hemstitched placemat.|
Another project I thought of using these precious little tiles is a serving tray! I can't wait to make one of these too!!!! LOVE IT!!!
Buy an inexpensive tray, cement the tiles in place and top with a piece of glass! Voila! (I don't grout these projects because you loose that wonderful 3D look and feel.)
Once cured, they are perfect!
My results were best this way:
- have your design laser printed
- have a dry wash cloth handy
- brush a thin layer of ModPodge on the back of the pictures
- position the picture on a tile
- use the cloth to gently press the picture down, absorb any excess ModPodge and move it into perfect placement
UPDATE: I have now made three trays for Christmas gifts and have a tip to help in case you try them.
When I finally found trays that would work with the 2" increments I needed, I ended up needing more than one solid sheet of tiles. This creates an issue of the additional rows of tiles not always aligning perfectly to the main sheet of tile, if I just laid them in the tray as planned. The easiest solution is to cement the tiles to the tray with E-6000. However, I wanted the tiles to be removable in case someone wanted to use just the tray alone = no permanent installation.
I know I could caulk/grout the tiles together and then lay them in the trays as a solid unit, but I LOVE the 3D look and even the little spacer connectors. Just LOVE it and don't want to do anything to loose that 3D. I was sad when I tiled my kitchen backsplash and the dimension disappeared when I grouted. Not again!!! :) I adore the 3D of these little tiles!
I am putting the tiles in black trays, so whatever I did needed to be black, and veeeery thin as the handle openings just accommodate the tiles. I had some black screening left from re-screening my back door. Perfect!
- First I got rid of any little tags of the stuff they stick the tiles together with (to regulate their spacing).
- Then I laid them on their face on foil (to protect my surface).
- I ran a bead of E-6000 around all the outer edges, then a dot in every tile's corners.
- I carefully laid the black screen scrap over them, pressing them into the cement.
- Then I did the same for the loose rows, putting some cement on the connecting spots too.
- I pressed the screen down being sure the loose rows were snug and lined up perfectly.
- Let cure 24 hrs.
Hope this helps!