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Firing a second glaze on commercial tiles?

Posted by Angie_DIY (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 5, 13 at 14:08

Hi, I usually post in the kitchen forum, but hope you can help a beginner. I am wondering (details below) if you can apply and fire a second glaze to alter the appearance of commercial tiles.

Here is the background. I want to create tiles for my kitchen backsplash that are machine made (thus have nice straight edges), but that are hand-painted (and thus have color variations). I believe this is the way tiles were typically available in the early 20th century.

I am thinking about buying bisque 4.25"x4.25" tiles, and glazing and firing them myself. However, bisque tiles are not cheap! I have found them for about $10/sq. ft. This is comparable in cost to very nice finished tiles.

Cheap commercial 4.25"x4.25" tiles are available for a fraction of this; I have seen them for as little as $0.45/sq. ft., or 20 times cheaper than bisque!

Do you think you can apply a secondary glaze to commercial tiles and refire?

Thanks! Angie

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RE: Firing a second glaze on commercial tiles?

Angie - great idea to think out of the box or should I say kiln..... If you are using fired glazed tiles you may have an issue with getting a smooth coat of glaze just to stick to the finished tile itself. You could spray the glaze on if you have a sprayer. If you have a kiln I would buy a few tiles and do tests if you can. If you are a ceramicist you know that testing is critical for every part we do. good luck - I would love to know how it comes out.

I myself went the hand made route and cut all those tiles laid them out bisqued then glazed them all! I think I like yr idea better!


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