Create Your Own Uniquely Tiled Picture Frame

These step-by-step instructions show how designer and Amelie’s bakery own Brenda Ische makes her own unique tile and transforms a picture frame. Follow these instructions to make a wonderful piece of art to surround your own memories.
All materials needed:
- Picture frame
- Ceramic plates (better to have colorful ones)
- Tile nippers
- Gloves
- Safety glasses
- Old containers (for mixing grout)
- Grout
- Tile adhesive
- Grout sponge
- Newspaper (or another material to lay out for a work surface)
Start with a simple picture frame. This one has ridges, but it is honestly easier to work with a smooth surface. I improvised with this one.
As you can see, you’ll be working with broken ceramic plates, so it’s best to have gloves and safety glasses for breaking up and cutting the plates.
You’ll also need tile nippers to cut up the larger pieces of broken plate. It takes some time to build this skill, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be a lot easier to cut the sizes you need for the tiling portion. You’ll only want to use the flat areas of the plate. Notice you only want to cut the edge of the plate with the nippers. This tip will save you a lot of time and struggle.
You’ll want to do a lot of nipping and breaking before you start applying pieces to your frame. That way you have a lot of choices as you move along.

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  • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on May 15, 2014
    Regarding the ridged picture frame: if you need a flat frame and will be covering it completely, do your decorating on the BACK of the frame; most of the frames I've seen have flat backs. Then put your picture hanging hardware on what was meant to be the front (the ridged side).
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