This week I have come across more penny tiles than I can count. Mostly I have done as a accent border across a shower walls but these last couple of days I have been installing them on floors. My biggest challenge was to make them look seamless between sheets of what it felt like thousands of pennies. But besides that, cutting was a real treat too, If a wet saw used and the brady brunch of tiles get wet, in 5 seconds they all fall apart, piece by piece. At that moment I wondered if it would be feasible to install one by one... Ever wonder how to turn thousands into millions? Yup, I have. Nah, I guess that's out of the question. The straight cutter steps up to the plate and is up to the task if we pair it with the infamous nipper, which turned out to be the best way to do it. I have placed some blue tape across before scoring straight cuts to prevent chips as I was chipping away. It kind of worked.
But then again, how to make seamless transitions? First and most important rule: Keep it square. Make sure you have a perfect 90 degrees angle with the two chalk lines you draw. But the trick thing is that these pennies in a mesh are too flexible, they feel more like some type of fabric which expands and contracts, it's almost impossible to keep them straight. I guess it might be a good option to draw a bunch of perpendicular lines on the floor and go by them, these sheets are not trust worthy.
But the worst thing in my opinion is that you can't tell for sure if they're seamless until you grout. It's very frustrating because you tweak here and there paying really close attention to the joints, making sure they all have the same distance and still after you grout you can tell where one starts and the other ends.
The only thing I would advise is this: If you like this tile, you fell in love with the design and you think it's going to look great on your floor, get really good quality well manufactured tile and - of course it goes without saying but I'm going to say it anyway - get really good experienced tile installers to do it because you can be sure of one thing it really bothers me when I don't get a good quality result and I will strive my best to be happy with it.
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