When it comes to handmade tiles, few materials can match the beauty and character of crackle glazed tiles. These tiles are created by hand, using a technique that results in a unique crackled finish. No two tiles are exactly alike, and each one boasts its own distinctive look. Whether you use them as accent tile or install them as a backsplash, these tiles are sure to add personality and charm to your space. And because they’re handmade, you can be confident that your tile is one-of-a-kind. If you’re looking for tile that packs a punch, look no further than our handmade crackle glaze tile.
Sealing Handmade Tiles
When it comes to handmade tile, sealing is key to protecting it from moisture, grout, dirt and dust. Sealing tile before grouting and after helps create an impenetrable barrier that will keep your tile looking like new for years to come. If you need to cut tile for your project, be sure to seal the tile first to protect it from moisture. After 12 months, it’s a good idea to reseal crackle tiles as new cracks may develop over time. By sealing tile regularly, you’ll ensure that your tile keeps its handmade good looks forever.
Cutting Handmade Tiles
When cutting ceramic tiles, it is important to get a clean, straight cut. Traditional tile cutters may not be able to achieve this with tiles that have a raised texture. A wet wheel will be able to cut through the textured pattern easily. Change the reservoir water frequently to prevent ceramic dust penetrating the crackle glaze. Seal the tile before cutting to prevent this from happening.
We recommend white or lighter coloured grouts that tone well with your chosen glaze colour. Crackled tiles have an artisan, handmade appeal that you’ll want to make the star of the show. If tiles haven’t been fully sealed there’s a chance that darker grout pigments can get under the glaze and stain the tile. While tile sealants have come a long way in recent years, it’s still something to be aware of if you’re considering using a dark grout. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference, so if you love the look of a dark grout, go for it. Just be sure to carefully seal prior to grouting to prevent any staining in the tile body.
Because each tile is unique, no two tile installations will look exactly alike. Clean with a sponge or soft cloth using only neutral liquid soaps. Do not use cleaning products that contain hydrochloric acid, citric acid and/or potassium hydroxide as these can damage the tile and grout. To maintain the beauty of your tile installation and to help prevent staining, seal the tile and grout, especially in wet area installations. Sealing tile and grout is easy to do and only requires reapplication every few years. Following these simple steps will ensure that your tile installation will provide you with years of enjoyment.