How To Cut Stone Mosaic Tiles Into Shapes

Tools Needed

To start creating customized tile shapes, you’ll need some tools we discussed in our recent blog about mosaic garden flower pots. These tools will work with natural stone tiles, such as the ones we feature in our Mozaico catalog.

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  • Safety Glasses protect your eyes from any small flying fragments.
  • Gloves can help prevent minor cuts and improve your grip on the small tiles.
  • A Towel is handy to place under and around tiles while cutting. It catches any small shards that might pop loose.

Rectangles

This shape is an easy one to try first. They’ll help you to create more impact with color in your design as well as give you thinner segments to work with. You can create multiple rectangles from one square tile — but let’s just start with two!

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Triangles

These are created by cutting square tiles on the diagonal — just like cutting a sandwich. Start with a smaller square for the best results as you perfect your skills. Turn the tile with one of the points up as you work, and apply the pressure along a centerline, at a 45-degree angle.

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Trapezoid

Try these shapes to add a whole new dimension to your mosaic designs! They’re the base of arches, curves, waves, and all kinds of lines you see in nature. With this one in your personal repertoire of tile-cutting tricks, you’re ready to cut loose with some new images.

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Circles

These are easier than you might think. Again — don’t worry about making perfectly smooth round shapes. To make circles, start with a square tile, and snip off each of the four corners. Then, keep making smaller cuts until the round shape appears.

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Diamonds and Teardrops

Sounds like the name of a song — but these are also two very good shapes to add to your mosaic art skills set! They’re great for flower petal and leaves, as well as adding interest to colored borders in your mosaic wall art.

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