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Subject: Stone Jotunheim sets: under CAD$10 each rss

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Michael Van Biesbrouck
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(Caveat: you get enough pieces for two sets. I'm also not including the prize/rescuer pieces.)

I don't recommend tiles less than 7/8" or more than 1.5". The best sources of amazing tiles are mosaic tiles attached to a net backing. A long time ago I got 5x5 plain stone tiles at a dollar store, but your best bet is a big box home improvement store. At Lowes I got a nice tile made by a local manufacturer:

https://www.lowes.ca/backsplashes-wall-tile/faber-12-in-x-12...

There were 24 dark brown tiles, 24 medium brown tiles and 96 light tan tiles -- exactly what I need for two sets and the brown tiles can be used in a variety of ways. In this case the mesh came off easily, although it leaves glue behind. As long as it doesn't stick out the sides, either is fine if you've got it on all the tiles. It just increases the grip between the tiles.

At Michaels I bought a jar of Ashland Decorative Filler containing 20 green rocks, 16 dark beige opaque glass gems (+2 light beige ones in case my caps runneth over), and a decent number of pink glass gems (both clear and frosted) for some future use. Both the green stones and opaque gems look great on my tiles so I consider it a set of each (if there were more frosted beads, they would have also been good, possibly better than the other beads). Other jars that I didn't see in the store would have been provided an assortment of river stones. This jar was priced at $5, but I had a 40% off coupon. (The 45% off coupon's use will show up later.)


(I decided to try patterns and framing using my two styles of ground stones.)

I can experimentally report that you can assemble a Jotunheim set for less than it costs to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but you can save on gas by combining the trips. All of these activities are recommended.

Canada's Home Depots have few good mosaic options, although the offering below would make a very modern-looking set if you bought two of them to make a single set. Note that the brushed aluminum tesserae are actually glass blocks with a piece of aluminum on top and it overhangs the glass. Would still be fine as cap or ground (might actually be easier to excavate than the other pieces). The larger pieces would make a nice border with an 8x8 mosaic.

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.satin-sapphire-11875-inch...

The same manufacturer sells lots of useful tiles in the US:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jeffrey-Court-Giallo-Sienna-Medl...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jeffrey-Court-Emperador-Mix-11-7...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jeffrey-Court-Carrara-White-11-7...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jeffrey-Court-Fall-Opal-Cut-Edge...
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jeffrey-Court-Verona-12-in-x-12-...

(The last one might be a bit too small and/or odd, but it is really cheap and might be interesting to look at. More reasonable than the glass/shell tile, at least.)

I haven't seen the US tile sets in person but I liked the one set I saw in Canada.
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Mosaic tiles in a 3D-printed frame (helpful for keeping the right separation) with 3D-printed pieces:



Models of 3D printing will be available soon. I wasn't happy with the way that blocks printed last time.
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