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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2009 01:58:13 PM »

Those are such an awesome idea!!  I have some great ideas to use for Christmas.

Were the tiles expensive?  Did you just buy them from a Home Depot or something?  How many did you buy at once?  Like, do they sell them individually?

And I have to repeat the other questions too, what kind of sealer did you use, and was it expensive?

See, you can't post such an awesome project and not get peppered with detail questions!  Smiley

Thanks for the great inspiration and any additional info you decide to post!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2009 07:40:37 AM »

Thanks for the responses everyone!

Polyacrylic is a sealant that you can get from Home Depot (I bought a gallon on sale for $25) that is water-resistant. It works fine on top of the mod podge (and the tutorial I used to make these suggested combining those two mediums). I use only a tiny, tiny amount so the gallon I have would seriously last for thousands of tiles!

The tiles you can buy individually from Home Depot/Lowes for .16 cents each.

I brush on  both the mod podge and polyacrylic with one of those small foam brushes and do it alternating in directions....one coat vertical, the next horizontal. It gives it a subtle 'hatchwork' pattern that looks nice.

I tried doing all the brush strokes in the same direction and it left vertical lines that wern't perfectly straight and my OCD just wasn't having that lol.

Hopefully this clears up some of the questions - please don't hesitate to ask if there is anything else!
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2009 09:01:51 PM »

That was great! Thanks so much!
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2009 09:28:37 AM »

Yeah, that clears up the questions I had!  I'm definitely going to try this, thanks again for the great idea Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2009 07:12:56 PM »

ooo, pretty. I make these too, and I was sealing with Mod Podge and then Triple Thick Glaze, and then spray acrylic sealer.  But that Triple Thick stuff is kind of expensive. I was thinking varnish, but that smells bad, right?  How does the polyacrylic smell?  Can you use it indoors? Also, I use a small sponge roller when I do mine, and it gives kind of a subtle pebbly texture.  I'm about to post a set of mine on here too!
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2009 07:23:43 PM »

need to make- must resist urge to break into home depot to get tiles (or tear them up in the bathroom)
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« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2009 07:48:20 PM »

cute, cheap and easy to make- I like it.
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« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2009 08:15:01 PM »

These are awesome!  I think I've found something I can totally make for gifts this holiday season.  I was wondering, though: do you put anything on the bottom of the coaster?  I'm worried that the tiles might scratch wooden surfaces.  Would there be a way of gluing something like a piece of felt to the bottom of the tile?
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2009 08:15:22 AM »

They are pretty, but beware tiles do not work well as coasters for cold beverages.

I made one at a craft demo a while back - we actually printed a picture onto tissue paper and decoupaged it onto the tile.  I was so excited to run home and make tons for family gifts.  Until I put it to use.  Sadly, the water condensation literally dripped off the coaster and onto the table I was trying to protect.

I wound up using it as a spoon rest and that worked better.

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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2009 08:18:33 AM »

I put adhesive cork on the backs of mine, katherine8504
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