Water jet Mosaics, what are they and why they are an advancement in mosaic design.
Until a few years ago, maybe 5 years or so, most mosaics , whether stone or glass, were machine cut with a type of tile saw. Circular saws are limited primarily to straight inline cuts. Water jet saws have been around for 30+ years, but they were very expensive to use and not cost effective for mosaic Tile.
The advantage of a water jet saw, is that it can be programmed to make any type of cut, on virtually any type of material. This allows us, the tile manufacturer to design and execute complex designs for the home consumer market.
For competitive economic reasons the price to do water jet cutting has lessened considerably, making it more cost effective to use in mosaics, allowing a much more intricate pattern to be manufactured. It is still costly, but not as much as it was.
The Principles of water jet cutting. There are two types of water jet cutting processes; pure water cutting, in which the cutting is performed using only an ultra-high pressure jet of clean water, and abrasive water jet cutting in which an abrasive (typically garnet) is introduced into the high pressure stream.
In the GTH line an example of a water jet mosaic is our Lamplight Collection in both White Carrara and Star White marble. (see image) This design has the classic arabesque look and is a beautiful backsplash tile. This can be used primarily indoors, in wet or dry applications .
Now anyone can take advantage of this technology and purchase exquisite mosaics.