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Mini Brick Oyster White Pearls Glass Tile
Bring the natural beauty of the ocean into your home. Captivating mother of pearl is presented in an artfully arranged classic brick pattern that will add an iridescent luminosity to your backsplash or bathroom for many years to come. Mother of Pearl will add just the right touch of elegance to transform any bathroom to a luxurious spa-like experience with ease and is also the ideal choice for your next backsplash or accent wall project.
It is not recommended to be installed in a pool or anywhere the tile will be submerged in water.
- Chip Size
- 5/16" x 3/4"
- Sheet Size
- 11 1/4" x 12 1/4"
- 0.95 Sq. Ft.
- Pearl Shell Glass
- 2 mm
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Browse 14 questions Browse 14 questions and 103 answersWhy did you choose this?TileBar StoreBring a beach and glamourous feel to the bathroom depending on how you style it.Kristel Y on Mar 20, 2017Ordered a sample and loved it. I want to see what a full sheet looks like.susan k on Jan 12, 2017Bring a beach and glamourous feel to the bathroom depending on how you style it.Kristel Y on Mar 20, 2017Who is the manufacturer of this mini brick oyster pearl tile?Is this tile durable enough to be used as a boarder on a bathroom floor?BEST ANSWER: I have not installed the tile on a floor. However, It depends on what you mean by border on the floor. If you are talking about something that will be only a few inches wide and because it is close to the wall not really trod upon on a regular basis, I think that they would be fine. If the border were much wider and there would be a lot of foot traffic on it, I think that you'd find the tiles getting scratched over time. Note that these are not actually mother of pearl, but glass tiles that give a very excellent simulation of MOP. So even though they are much harder than real MOP, they will still scratch with heavy use. Again, if this is for a guest bath that will see very light use, perhaps even using them in traffic areas might be okay. Sorry I do not have a more definitive answer for you.What size spacers are good for this tile?BEST ANSWER: The spaces between the tiles are so small that you really don't need spacers between sheets - I eyeballed it. Also the tile is so thin that the depth is not conducive to holding spacers between sheets. If you really felt that you had to place a spacer you could use the kind that are little wedges and just place the very tip in between sheets.How easy is it to clean?BEST ANSWER: We just used it as a backsplash, which doesn't need really vigorous cleaning, but it isn't any harder to clean than any other tile - The surface is not uniform, but it doesn't seem delicate. It can easily be cleaned with dish soap and water and a mildly abrasive sponge.Can this tile be used in a shower niche?BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. However, note that the tile is very thin, it is not as thick as standard tiles that would be used in a bathroom. Therefore, you should take extra care to ensure you have the proper subsurface for a shower application like cement board or Schluter system. Ensure you use an unsanded grout with this tile and get in all the very small crevices to keep water out.Can this tile be used in conjunction with a traditional subway tile? Concerned about thickness. Would these need to be built up to match thickness of subway. Wanting to use behind stove, and in a strip around rest of kitchen through the subway tiles.BEST ANSWER: These tiles have an absolutely beautiful natural iridescence but they are very, very thin. You would definitely need to build up behind them to match thickness of typical tiles. Or just allow them to be inset as a style choice. However, they are so thin you could almost use 1/4 inch Hardibacker to build them out, but then they might end up a tiny bit further out than the field tiles. I don't have materials here to confirm that. But they are really beautiful, and I love the very small format subway tile arrangement. They sparkle like fish scales/some iterations of vampires/etc. Sans the last statement, I hope this helps. :-)Would this tile be suitable to use on a curved tub surround? I have classic white subway on the walls.BEST ANSWER: I believe so...my contractor installed it, so I'm not sure about the practical application of it where something is rounded. I know he made a comment about it being very thin tile, but he made it work & it turned out beautiful- I used it as an accent wall where my sinks & mirrors are.I would like to use these beautiful white tiles behind my cooktop. Will spaghetti sauce stain these tiles or the grout?BEST ANSWER: I used the oyster white in my bathroom
As an accent wall and in front of the tub.
I have white grout, they look beautiful. They are very delicate I couldn't imagine
Cleaning sauce on them. They look porous just like a shell -I think the sauce would be hard to remove and you would probably harm the shine that they have.
They give a very rich luxurious look if you can out them in a easier to clean location.
Hope this helps.How many rows are there in a solid sheet?(i.e. If there's 20 rows, I'm looking to divide one sheet into 4 strips of 5 rows.)BEST ANSWER: Looks like 25. By the way--did a whole wall of this in a bathroom. WOW! Everyone loves it and comments about it.What size of v-notch trowel would you recommend with that mini brick tile?BEST ANSWER: While I am an avid DIYer, I opted to hire an installer to put up my backsplash. I had no experience with tile installation so reasoned that it would be better for me to hire this one out. I don't regret that decision and the final product looks fabulous...we have gotten so many compliments on it. If I recall the installer told me he would be using a 3/8" trowel and even then would be applying the glue with the trowel at an angle so as to not apply too much adhesive. The tile is very thin and light weight so not a lot of glue is necessary to keep it in place. And too much glue would result in a lot of cleanup in a limited timeframe...I think he mentioned about 20 minutes before the adhesive starts to set up. As I mentioned the finished product is wonderful and the installer was really surprised at how low the purchase price was, so thanks Tile Bar for helping make our kitchen remodel a huge success.11 1/4 by 12 1//2......which is the width?BEST ANSWER: I believe the 12 1/2 is the width. This dimension is referring to a square sheet of the mini-tile.In the specifications it lists the material as "Pearl Shell Glass". Are these tiles real Mother of Pearl or glass made to look like Mother of Pearl?BEST ANSWER: I don't know if it's "real" MOP but it does not look like a glass tile at all and looks and feels like what "real" MOP would look like. I put it in our 30K cosmetic bath remodel on the face of our shower bench that has a Torreon Travertine slab top and the shower is all travertine with Brizo Charlotte mocha and polished nickel fixtures. It's gorgeous.Can it be used for a pool?BEST ANSWER: No, I don't think this would be a good choice because of the millimeter of thickness and it isn't durable. It would scratch easily. I have it as a backsplash in my kitchen which is suitable.
These instructions are meant to be a guide for most installations, under normal conditions. Please follow best practice instructions found in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) 09300 Handbook for specific installation types.
Due to the natural of the material no two pieces of natural stone are exactly alike. Natural stones are products of nature; therefore, variations in color, pattern, texture, and veining will occur. Verify all products before installation for any damage or defects such as chipped edges, broken pieces. No adjustment will be made after installation.
*Always use appropriate personal protective safety equipment when handling, drilling, cutting or grinding glass tile such as (but not limited to) eye, ear and hand protection.
Before you start tiling, make sure that whatever surface the tiles are being installed to will be strong and structurally sound. Cement board, concrete or drywall is best, as these surfaces can handle the moisture of the tiling process. Plywood should be avoided, since the wood will warp with the added moisture and it will also be less waterproof, even after tiling.
When setting tiles we recommend the use of polymer or latex modified thin set or medium bed mortar compliant with ANSI standard A118.4 and is recommended for use with marble tile.
3/16” or 1/4” square notch trowel should be used when installing our glass material and ridges should be smoothed down with the flat side of the trowel prior to fixing the tiles in the mortar bed.
Use a wet-saw with a new, continuous rim diamond blade specifically designed for cutting marble. Do not use “turbo” or other notched blades designed for use with porcelain or ceramic as the teeth can cause a coarse cut, resulting in a heavily chipped edge.
Cut edges and corners will be sharp. Always be sure to smooth the cut edges manually with 200-grit wet/dry sandpaper.
If possible, drill holes before installing tile. Drilling from both sides can ensure a cleaner finish if the hole will be visible after installation. Using a new diamond coring bit (for large holes) or spade bit (for small holes) with a diamond tip made for glass drilling will give the best results. Lubricating the bit and tile surface with a continuous spray of oil/water mix will prolong the life of bits and provide a better-finished edge. When possible, the use of a jig will ensure precise placement of holes to be drilled.
When drilling holes for anchoring bolts, plumbing or any other dissimilar material always ensure a minimum of 1/8” clearance around the item is provided to avoid cracking due to disparate expansion and contraction rates or stress transfer.
We recommend applying grout release prior to grouting, suitable for the respective stone and interior or exterior use, to the tile to facilitate cleaning and for protection against staining from contrasting color grouts. Grout joints should be packed full and free of all voids and pits. Excess grout should be cleaned from the stone surface as the work progresses, before the grout hardens. Do not use acids to clean off excess grout. Prior to grouting, test an area to make sure the stone surface will not scratch.
After the stone is installed, and grouted, seal the stone with an appropriate high quality breathable stone sealer, to minimize water absorption, efflorescence, and potential staining. If necessary, a color enhancer may be applied to bring out the true color of the stone at any time after grouting. Follow sealer manufacturer’s installation instructions. Reseal tile when the stone gets darker or as needed.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
For normal care and maintenance of stone tiles, clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water. Use a clean soft cloth for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use any abrasive cleaners.