Crafts Using Slate Tiles

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Slate is an earthy type of stone tile that is very versatile: you can use it both inside and outside. Consisting of quartz, chlorite, calcite and mica, slate comes in a variety of shades such as charcoal, green, blue, grey, purple and burnt copper. Ocean or river bed sediments form this delicately grained metamorphic rock when they become compacted and warmed by the earth’s crust.

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Slate Coasters

Slate coasters are so easy to make that even children can partake in this particular craft. These simple crafts pair 3-inch-square slate tiles with a glued-on felt backing. This prevents the coaster from dinging or scratching a surface that it rests on. You can paint the top of the coaster, or leave the natural stone finish. Either way, the slate can be glazed to create a protective layer.

Slate Paper Weight

The simplicity of this project makes it suitable for kids or adults and creates a craft that is truly useful. The finished product consists of 12 slates tiles that are glued together to form a 3-inch cube. Ribbon is wrapped around the sides of the cube and secured with spray adhesive. You can paint the top of the paperweight or glue on glitter, sequins or beads.

Mosaic Slate

This activity takes standard slate tiles and transforms them into tiny, geometrical mosaic tiles that you can use for a variety of craft projects. Slate tiles are transformed into mosaic shards by placing them in a plastic bag and crushing them with a hammer. Use these pieces of slate to alter an old coffee table or old picture frame. The mosaic shards are pressed into a thin layer of plaster on the surface of the table, frame or other object. You can add a layer of gloss once the plaster has dried to give the craft a shiny look.

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