The Baroque glass line is made from natural materials. It consists of 3mm stained glass and is mesh-mounted.
The first step in the production of Baroque stained glass mosaics is to select the raw material, mainly natural quartz stone combined with sodium carbonate, binding agents and pigments made from natural materials. This mix is added to a volcano-shaped stove with various openings. Each opening has a different pigment mix to produce a different color of glass. During the firing process, the stove reaches temperatures upward of 1,300 degrees Celsius, bonding the ingredients in a molten state. Various colors are randomly mixed by pouring small amounts of the molten material from a fixed height onto an iron plate, allowing the different colored materials to come together, thus creating the desired effect. This mixed glass is rolled and pressed into a large sheet of glass, no thicker than 3mm. This sheet of glass then goes through a tempering process where it is heated and allowed to cool slowly. This process, and the specific environment in which it occurs, removes any internal stresses, creating a strong and durable product – one that is resistant to high temperatures. Each sheet of glass is then cut into smaller pieces to make the stained glass mosaic, strip and stack. They are inspected and combined to create the sheets that are mesh-mounted for easy installation.
When installing Baroque stained glass mosaic tiles, you need to use a latex-modified white thinset that meets the standards for glass installations. Always read and follow the instructions on the product label. Due to the light translucent nature of this product, visible effects may occur behind the glass. This is not considered a manufacturing problem or defect. To minimize the occurrence of these visible effects behind the glass, it is recommended to flatten the peaks of the thinset by using the smooth side of the trowel prior to installing the glass. A standard glass cutting tool, commonly used in glass installations, or a tile cutting wet saw with a glass blade, can be used to cut the tiles. It’s recommended to use masking or painters’ tape where the tiles will be cut to help prevent the tile from chipping. Caution must be used to prevent the glass from chipping. After properly using the aforementioned cutting techniques, there may be some sharp edges at the cut areas. These edges can be sanded down to a smooth finish.
Select the appropriate grout for your project, taking into consideration the type of tile, the location of the application and the size of the grout joint. Ensure that the thinset mortar has had enough time to cure completely and that the grout joints are free of any dust or debris, as this may prevent the grout from bonding effectively. When applying the thinset, using a small, v-notched trowel will minimize thinset accumulating in the grout joints. This makes installation and grouting faster and easier. Mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions, mixing in workable batches to prevent the compound from drying before it can be used. Apply the grout to the joints using a trowel. Holding a grout float at a 45 degree angle, pull the grout in a diagonal direction, pressing it into the joints. When grouting, it is important to pack the grout joints to avoid seeing the mesh on the back of the sheet. Do not grout the corners and edges, as these should be caulked once the grout has cured. Allow the grout to start to set as per the manufacturer’s instructions, and then clean off any excess grout from the surface of the tiles by gently wiping with a sponge and clear water in a circular motion. Ensure the sponge is thoroughly rinsed in clear water between each pass. Gently run a damp sponge along the grout joints to ensure they are smooth. Using a dry cloth, buff the tiles to polish. Cover the new installation with brown paper (craft paper or a similar colorless, absorbent product) to protect it from dust or debris, allowing for the grout to cure completely and protecting the new tiled surface until any other construction is completed.
Baroque glass tiles are frost-proof and acid resistant. They can be installed in any swimming pool, commercial, or residential application. Each installation situation should be carefully thought out for proper usage prior to the material being purchased.