Ward House

Tiling done

The upstairs shower looks great, even without grouting. Ronnie was up until 1:00 am this morning finishing up. He broke three blades and ended up finishing the heart cutouts on a wet saw – designed for straight, not curved cuts. Looks amazing! I’ll have pictures for you later today (I hope).

Now we have extra tile – lots of extra tile; pink, white, beige. This is tile that was gifted to us, not something we bought and can return for money back. The people that gifted do not want the tile back. What does one do with extra tile? One reads up on how to paint them for possible gifts. Cynthia posted this:

But if you’d like to paint your own artwork or even each tile there are several specialty paints that are made to be permanent on already fired & glazed ceramic pottery & tiles. I like a brand called “Glossies” by “Liquitex”. I’ve seen these sold in the higher-end painting supplies at Michael’s craft store. There is another brand called “Porceline” (I believe) sold at most art & painting supply stores. The main trick is to wash your hands well to rid them of any natural oils & hand lotion then clean each tile well with rubbing alcohol before you begin.

Another artist, recommends the same paints and adds this to the finishing process:

fter the paint has completely air dried on the tiles, place the tiles on a cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in a cold oven. Set the temperature to 325 degrees F and “bake” the ceramic tiles for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, turn the oven off, open the oven door, and let the tiles slowly cool. You can remove the tiles from the oven when they are no longer warm when touched.

Other than locating these paints, now I just need to decide on designs. Has anyone done this type of painting before?

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October 11, 2009 - Posted by | Crafting

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