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Cork Tiles

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Rachel Butlin
Cork Tiles

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Make-it-Yourself

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Homewares

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Cork

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A tile created using corks. This would work well in a kitchen or bathroom, as corks has good waterproof qualities and heat properties. It is also comfy to walk on.

Materials & Equipment List

Old slate roof tileCorksScalpelGrout Strong epoxy glueSponge and waterpalette knife

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Find a old roof slate to use as a bas for the tile.
Gather a collection of corks. Varying colours and sizes are good.
Get a scalpel to cut and carve the cork in to the desired shape.
In this case I just sliced it in half.
Start to lay them out on to the slate to create a desired pattern and style.
Start to build them up through the shape and space of the tile. They work well with interlocking and other shapes.
Cover as much of the slate as possible with the design. Once happy secure and attach the corks with epoxy resin glue.
Allowing the glue to dry overnight, start to apply grout into the seams and in between the cork. Don't worry about being too messy at this point as you can sponge it back later.
Continue to grout the whole tile.
Allow grout to start to slightly harden.
Then with sponge and water start to sponge back excess grout to reveal the corks.
A sweeping motion is best so that the corks are not removed in the process.
Allow to dry again overnight and the tile is complete.
This could be used in kitchen as a splash back, in bathrooms as flooring or even in specific areas on the floor, such as where you step out the shower.
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Rachel Butlin

Nottingham

United Kingdom

I am a very creative person, currently studying BA Hons Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University. I enjoy working with a wide variety of...

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