WELCOME!https://www.homeandgardendesignideas.com/pegs/thumbs/532-399/1169088147Diane2014HeronMosaic.jpgWELCOME! Hi, I'm Diane H. Holycross of Tiles with Style. Thanks for checking out my unique mosaic tile creations.

I started designing my tiles in 1999, when I was building a new home and was very displeased with what was available on the market. Since that time, Tiles with Style has become a global business for me.

All of my tiles are handmade from a block of clay. First, a chunk of clay is cut from the block and hand-rolled to about 1" thick. Then it is moved to a manually cranked slab roller where it rolls out a large piece of clay to 1/4" thickness.

The slab is moved back to the clay workbench. Images are transferred onto a slab of clay, then hand-cut to their own unique shapes.

Each one is carefully placed onto a board for drying. When filled up with clay tiles, they are moved to the kiln room for drying.

Each one is dried thoroughly to assure minimal warping during the drying process; usually from 2-6 days, depending on the size of the tile and the temperature and humidity in the studio.

The edges then need to be cleaned and the tiles loaded into one of my 5 kilns for their 1st firing. After about 13 hours, the kiln has to cool down; you see, they are fired at approximately 2,200 degrees to full vitrification.

After 1 or 2 days, the kiln is cool enough to unload. They are then sorted by job and moved into the glazing room where hands are frantically moving with paint brushes to apply just the perfect amount of glaze to make each piece a perfect gem.

Then back into the kiln they go, fired once again; or possibly even twice, depending on the design. The kiln has to cool, yet again. When it's about 115 degrees it's safe to open and unload.

At thought point there are oohs and ahhh's heard, or crap! Yes, you heard it here; crap! Sometimes there are unexpected mishaps that happen that are out of our control.

When all of the pieces for each order are complete, they are moved into the layout room onto a shelf, awaiting their turn for my busy little hands to shuffle about; like puzzle pieces on a table.

Once they are all place according to my artistic eye, I apply film over the top of the tiles to secure them into place. They are then sectioned off, using a permanent marker, numbered, then cut up into smaller pieces.

Each section is carefully rolled in bubble wrap or foam wrap that has either cardboard or Styrofoam sheeting in it to add additional stability during shipment.

These bundles are then "stretch-wrapped" to make them one solid unit. This assures that during shipment they can't move about. Then the bundles are placed in a box with either airbags, or peanuts for added comfort along their travels to you!

Then, I sit, patiently waiting for pictures to come of your installation...alas, I get very few finished pictures, although promised they will come.

On a yearly bases, I ship about 300+ orders. I usually have a 3-8 week backlog of orders. Certain items ship in 1-2 weeks.

Visit my "email me" page for details.

Thanks again for visiting my here at Home and Garden Design and happy tiling!

Diane
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  • WELCOME!Hi, I'm Diane H. Holycross of Tiles with Style. Thanks for checking out my unique mosaic tile creations.

    I started designing my tiles in 1999, when I was building a new home and was very displeased with what was available on the market. Since that time, Tiles with Style has become a global business for me.

    All of my tiles are handmade from a block of clay. First, a chunk of clay is cut from the block and hand-rolled to about 1" thick. Then it is moved to a manually cranked slab roller where it rolls out a large piece of clay to 1/4" thickness.

    The slab is moved back to the clay workbench. Images are transferred onto a slab of clay, then hand-cut to their own unique shapes.

    Each one is carefully placed onto a board for drying. When filled up with clay tiles, they are moved to the kiln room for drying.

    Each one is dried thoroughly to assure minimal warping during the drying process; usually from 2-6 days, depending on the size of the tile and the temperature and humidity in the studio.

    The edges then need to be cleaned and the tiles loaded into one of my 5 kilns for their 1st firing. After about 13 hours, the kiln has to cool down; you see, they are fired at approximately 2,200 degrees to full vitrification.

    After 1 or 2 days, the kiln is cool enough to unload. They are then sorted by job and moved into the glazing room where hands are frantically moving with paint brushes to apply just the perfect amount of glaze to make each piece a perfect gem.

    Then back into the kiln they go, fired once again; or possibly even twice, depending on the design. The kiln has to cool, yet again. When it's about 115 degrees it's safe to open and unload.

    At thought point there are oohs and ahhh's heard, or crap! Yes, you heard it here; crap! Sometimes there are unexpected mishaps that happen that are out of our control.

    When all of the pieces for each order are complete, they are moved into the layout room onto a shelf, awaiting their turn for my busy little hands to shuffle about; like puzzle pieces on a table.

    Once they are all place according to my artistic eye, I apply film over the top of the tiles to secure them into place. They are then sectioned off, using a permanent marker, numbered, then cut up into smaller pieces.

    Each section is carefully rolled in bubble wrap or foam wrap that has either cardboard or Styrofoam sheeting in it to add additional stability during shipment.

    These bundles are then "stretch-wrapped" to make them one solid unit. This assures that during shipment they can't move about. Then the bundles are placed in a box with either airbags, or peanuts for added comfort along their travels to you!

    Then, I sit, patiently waiting for pictures to come of your installation...alas, I get very few finished pictures, although promised they will come.

    On a yearly bases, I ship about 300+ orders. I usually have a 3-8 week backlog of orders. Certain items ship in 1-2 weeks.

    Visit my "email me" page for details.

    Thanks again for visiting my here at Home and Garden Design and happy tiling!

    Diane
 
 
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