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« on: March 06, 2008 06:35:56 PM »

I'm about to come into many, many tiles. I work at an architectural company, and I'm cleaning out the sample room, and they said - throw away all the tiles. And when I say tiles, I mean marble, granite, a couple of standard white ones, but mostly all natural colours, and high class expensive ones. And beautiful. And when I say many tiles, I mean if they were stacked up, they'd be about 1-2 metres worth.

I'll post some pictures when I get them tomorrow.

But what I want to know is - what to do with them? These aren't little 1cmx1cm (though there is a small box full of them), most are large one like 6x6, 10x10, 15x15, and even some larger 45x45.

There is mosaic, but I wasn't sure about breaking these up (some are quite thick, could lose the polished look), they're too big in general to mosiac with (unless I did the side of a building??). But - something has to be done. They are Fantastic. What are your crafty thoughts people?

(also, on a side note, there are also carpet samples. If anyone can suggest something to do with them - that would be great!!)
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2008 01:22:50 PM »

hmmm....tiles I'm not sure...carpet samples...do you have cats?  You could probably make a scratching post or carpet the side of a kitty condo for them.
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2008 01:41:30 PM »

You can draw on them with pebeo porcelaine markers and make a tiled table, mirror frame, etc. Here are some projects made with them:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33781.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=147336.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173206.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211244.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=193235.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205882.msg2223873#msg2223873
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2008 08:38:29 PM »

yeah totally thinking tiled table and patio set,
tiled frames and mirrors... mosaics.

maybe mosaic tile a vase or container for something a bit different. Heck even a garbage pail!

As for the carpet samples I'd start attaching them together and apply a backing to have one crazy multi coloured patch work rug. Or carpet the top of a sturdy chest for a neat new seat.
Or a wall..... LOL
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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2008 06:31:14 PM »

Carpet can make a good bullitan board, or small pieces make good coasters. Could those tiles be used outside to make a unique patio,or path? I saw in a book somewhere where they used lots of odd tile-tiny to large-to cover the floor of a sunroom/patio,and it looked amazing.Cover the top of a table,the sides of a planter?
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2008 08:01:11 PM »

You could use the tiles as stepping stones to make a path to your house.

You could also donate some stuff to others who could use it.  Offer some that you don't think you could use to people on freecycle.  With the carpet a daycare or grade school might accept them as a donation.  They often have kids sit on their own little carpet squares so that they're not invading each other's personal space.  You could also decorate carpet squares for kids in your life.  Write their name, add buttons or other embellishments, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2008 10:01:49 PM »

1. Better Homes & Gardens last year did a feature on patchwork. They took a bunch of ceramic tile and just placed them on a coffee table in a large group, as trivets/ornament/plant coasters. Put felt sticky tabs on the back to prevent scratching tabletops. i couldn't find the article on their site which would have a pic to show you, but this article is interesting. Search 'tiles' on their site and you'll get all sorts of stuff - picture frames, stepping stones, coasters.

http://www.bhg.com/bhg/story.jsp;jsessionid=X3YAMDVXM3UYJQFIBQNSCZQ?storyid=/templatedata/bhg/story/data/13143.xml

2. Mail some to me. (I'm kidding.)
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2008 04:36:19 PM »

Thanks everyone!!

However - I gifted them all to my mother, who had that shine in her eye when I mentioned Tiles. Luckily, she has a dimond tip saw (electric) to cut them with, and I believe she's planning a massive mosaic.

mmm... Can't wait to see what it looks like!!
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