Getting Started Making Clay Tiles

December 08, 2019

What Do You Use To Make Clay Tiles?

We use Polymer clay to make our clay tiles. Polymer clay is a versatile man-made clay that is ease to work with and comes in a huge variety of colours and finishes. It is used by artists and hobbyists ranging from children to professional artists and movie makers. In mosaics this material gives you a huge amount of freedom to create indoor tiles in the size, colour and finishes that you desire.

The beauty of Polymer clay is that it stays continually soft and can be baked at a low temperature in a home oven, retaining its colour and size. It is available in many colours and finishes and various techniques are applied that enable the user to simulate other materials such as stone, glass, wood and precious metals to name just a few.

Polymer Clay is an art medium that is known for its versatility and simplicity to work with. It is an oven bake modeling material composed of polymers, resins, coloring agents and fillers. Not a natural clay, it is man-made from a plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) base.

To create your own colour you can use paint, powders, ink, glitter, or even powdered makeup. After baking, polymer clay can be sanded, glazed, or painted. You are limited only by your imagination!

Why Use Clay Tiles In Mosaics?

Polymer clay tiles allow for a huge amount of creative freedom that commercially made tiles simply don't have. With these tiles you have:

  • An almost unlimited colour choice
  • The ability to add your own textures and finishes so that you can theme your mosaic
  • The ability to add letters, words and quotes of your choice to your work
  • Freedom to create tiles to the size and thickness that you desire
  • Combine your tiles with other mixed media materials to create unique mosaics, and most importantly
  • The enjoyment of creating your own tiles

Equipment You Need to Make Clay Tiles

Can you start making polymer clay tiles quite simply with the following items:
  • An acrylic roller (or you can use a glass rolling pin, wine bottle or smooth wooden roller)
  • A wooden skewer for piercing holes (kebab skewers are ideal)
  • A flat ceramic tile, piece of glass or non-stick craft mat to work and bake on
  • Polymer clay of course and
  • A blade or knife to cut the clay.
While many items used with polymer clay may be found in our home kitchens, once used for polymer clay, they should not be used for food purposes.