12"×14" Mesh Sheet
The first step in the process to make Watercolors is the coloring of the glass. The coloring is made up of color pigments which are applied on one side of the glass sheets using a hand-painting process that applies an evenly distributed layer across the entire surface. After completely airdrying, the larger sheets are then cut to their final size. Those pieces are then transferred to the appropriately sized kiln plates and fired at 1,472- 1,580°F. The time for firing varies from 30-60 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the glass. The firing process performs two tasks: it bonds the color to the glass chemically with the heat, which makes it fade-proof, and it also softens the cut edges of the tile to give you that pillowed effect atop each tile. After firing, the tiles are placed top-down in trays and then a special glue is applied with silk-made mesh that is cut to the size of the tray (approximately 12”x14”). It then goes through a drying machine and on to the quality control process before being boxed and palletized.
When installing Watercolors, you need to use a latex-modified white thinset that meets the standards for glass installations. Due to the transparent and/or light translucent nature of this product, visible effects may occur behind the glass. This is not considered a manufacturing problem or defect with the glass tile. 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. When cutting the glass, the installer can use standard glass cutters that are commonly used in glass installations, or if they are using a standard tile cutting wet saw, they need to use a special glass blade that is available from several blade manufacturers. One example is the Alpha WG1000 Blade. If they don’t use either of these methods, chipping on both the front and the back of the glass can occur and will affect the final appearance of the product. After properly using the aforementioned cutting techniques, there will be some sharp edges at the cut areas. These edges can be softened by lightly sanding the edges or by using a high quality rubbing stone. After installation, grout with any sanded grout using the manufacturer’s recommendations. When grouting, it is important to pack the grout joints to avoid seeing the mesh on the back of the sheet. After cleanup, your Watercolors installation is ready to enjoy!
Watercolors 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.