Photos on tiles?

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coolmama72's picture
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Photos on tiles?

My cousin sent me the following email, asking for help. I didn't know the answer offhand but I told her I'd ask around. Wink Thought maybe someone here might know. Thanks!

I am writing you to ask if you know of anyone who puts photo pictures on tile??? I am working on Zak’s class auction project and was thinking of getting a rectangle coffee table and gluing tile(with the kids pictures) on top and grouting them in place. I want to make it so the table top can be wiped off and be put outside also. I have found two places that do that but it is $15.00 /tile and I need 23 pictures done. I thought it would be an easy thing to do since you see pictures on coffee cups, dog bowls,…but haven’t had much luck. I thought if anyone would know you certainly would. I may end up grouping the kids together in 3’s instead of individually.

Joined: 03/16/15
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Hmmm...I don't have an answer. But I would think there would be some kind of sealant you could use to seal the pictures on the tile. That way you could wipe it off safely.

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What about something like the artscow ornaments for having the pictures printed? They make them in stars and circles. It would mean more work fitting other tiles around them, but it would be a cheaper printing solution. And yes, they make a veneer that can be used to seal over it.

We did this as a family camp project, but everyone painted on the tiles (adults and kids). No words were allowed, just shapes and pictures. All the tiles were then placed into a frame, mounted on the top of an end table, grouted in, and then veneered over. They now sit on one of the campground's porches in between some chairs. Smile

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I am pretty sure I've seen pictures decopaged (sp?) and I personally have put pictures down and covered them with polyeurathan (sp?). The poly works well that and you can wipe off messes. It does distort the color a little (yellowish). I'll see if I can find and take a picture of the project I did.

Honey3.14's picture
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Try Wolf Camera/Ritz Camera. They do a lot of that type of that stuff.

MommyCB's picture
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my sister's MIL does. Wink But that's not a lot of help huh? lol. I can't think of any store I know that does that. Hobby Lobby might carry stuff to DIY?

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I was thinking she could Mod Podge the photos and then use an acrylic sealant on it. I've done that for several projects, just nothing that stays outside. The coaster I'm using right now is tile with decoupage then the sealant, and I've never had any issues even when it got wet.

I'll have to check the camera shops and see.

MommyCB's picture
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She made my sis one for their wedding of a pic of them and put it in a tile nightstand table. It doesn't go outside, but I think she used Mod Podge on it.

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i know there are several online tutorials on how to transfer photos onto tiles. i'll check to see if i have any saved....maybe try googling it as well.

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I've seen them, but no idea how it's done, sorry!