Glass Tiles are unique to the sublimation printing world in that the image is printed on the back side or underside of the tile. This means that the image is viewed through the glass tile. Glass Tiles make wonderful murals also, and present a different look than traditional murals because of the glass being in front of the image. These tiles come in two sizes currently, 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 and the 12 x 12 tiles come in both tempered glass and non-tempered glass. The 6 x 6 tiles come in only non-tempered glass. Tempered glass tiles are made to break into small pieces which are less likely to cut skin should they somehow be broken, also they are much more durable than the non-tempered glass tiles.
The 12 x 12 Tempered Glass Tiles have a textured finish which means they can be used on floors in dry areas (these tiles are not suitable for use in pools, shower stall floors or anywhere water is likely to pool up for periods of time). These tiles are designed to be grouted when used on walls, floors or other permanent uses, the grout keeps moisture from getting behind the tile and causing the image to be damaged. The 12 x 12 tempered glass tiles make really cool table tops, bar tops and accents in other tile jobs. They can be back lit to make the images on the tiles really pop especially in low lit areas like restaurants, bars and man caves! The tempered glass tiles also make wonderful hot pads for serving fondue, or other hot appetizers as well as serving plates for cheese and crackers.
The Non-tempered glass tiles are textured and both 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 work perfectly on walls, as accent pieces to tile projects as back splashes and as art pieces set on easels or framed, especially when back lit. The fact that they are not tempered means that use on floors, or in areas where impact may break them could cause large, sharp edges and thus should be avoided. Also, as they are not hardened by tempering they should not be used as hot pads or serving plates.
Because these tiles are textured the images are not as sharp and crisp as on ceramic or porcelain tiles, you are looking through textured glass similar to many types of stained glass, and in many ways that may be the best way to describe the look you will get. A large stained glass mural or a small stained glass art piece.