4.30.2012

Have you considered copper penny tiles for your next project?


The fate of the American One Cent piece is yet to be determined.  Will we follow Canada's lead, discontinuing the faithful penny?  Well, keep saving your pennies, we have a great solution for all your spare change! 

When Design/Builder Rick Chafey of Red Rock Contractors recently contacted us to install copper pennies on the powder room floor in his clients' ultra-cool man-cave, we were very excited - we'd done some experimenting with penny installation, and were excited to put our findings into practice.

While no one can argue the thrifty material cost for a penny floor, this is actually quite a tricky installation requiring specific substrate preparation, specialized setting materials and tile preparation before installation.

 

We began the project by sourcing trays to sheet the pennies, thus expediting installation time and producing an evenly spaced grout joint. 



Each sheet covers just over one square foot.  For this installation we randomly placed our pennies 'heads or tails'.  
 
 






A specially formulated water soluble adhesive and craft paper are used to to mount the sheets. And here's a face-mounted sheet ready to go.

Because the pennies are thin, for a professional result the substrate needs to be perfectly flat, as any variation in the floor will show through in the surface reflection of the tile.  

Also, to eliminate transitional floor height variation at the thresholds, our float bed needs to come to within 1/8" of the existing floor height in 2 adjacent rooms.

This process requires proper tools, experience, and time - one day of preparation before we can start installing our pennies.

 



Specialized setting materials are required to adhere to the copper and stand up to wear and tear of foot traffic.  

We selected a product from Custom Building Products called CEG lite - a 2 part epoxy thinset/grout.  This product is relatively expensive with tight working time.

The sheets are lofted to ensure good layout before mixing the two-part epoxy setting materials. Once layout was confirmed, we mixed out materials and I'll be honest here - there are no photos because we had to work FAST!
Our installation received a final coat of grout after curing for several days, and the resulting installation is below:


With quite a bit of preparation, and some mad tile skills, 
here's the resulting beauty -

We love this vintage toilet - a handpainted antique 
imported from France for this project.  




Looking for Copper Penny Trays?  We finally have them in!  contact sales@alpentile.com

Design:  Rick Chafey Red Rock Contractors
Fabrication of Penny Sheets; Luke Denny, Alpentile
Installation: Luke and Amy Denny, Alpentile



19 comments:

  1. Where do you get the trays for arranging the pennies?

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    1. Did you by chance ever have any luck finding the Penny Tray's for the Penny Mosaic, it appears to be a big mystery for some reason.

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  2. Yes! Where did you find the trays for arranging the pennies? We've seen the trays used on three different tutorials but nobody lists WHERE they found it. Help, please?

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    1. Anonymous11/12/2013

      Hi... so where u from

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  3. Anonymous6/20/2012

    Where can we find the trays? It would help a lot.

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  4. Anonymous7/01/2012

    I would love to know where you got the trays for the pennies. Ive typed in every key word I can think of and cant find them.Ive looked on the internet for 2 days and have gave up. It really would help to make the job go faster.PLEASE tell us.Pretty please???? With sugar on top?

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  5. Anonymous9/10/2012

    i'm still searching for the trays...where to purchase them??
    give it up and tell or sell

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  6. Why are the tray's such a mystery, can't anyone tell us where the tray's can be found. I have searched as well, even did an image search on google, still no luck.

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  7. Why are the tray's such a mystery, can't anyone tell us where the tray's can be found. I have searched as well, even did an image search on google, still no luck.

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  8. Why are the tray's such a mystery, can't anyone tell us where the tray's can be found. I have searched as well, even did an image search on google, still no luck.

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  9. Anonymous3/01/2013

    I DID USE THE EPOXY GROUT ON THIS FLOOR BUT NEED TO PUT AN WATER BASED 2 PART EPOXY RESIN SEALER OVER THE ENTIRE FLOOR. IT'S IN A DINER RESTROOM SO I NEED TO COVER PENNIES AND GROUT TO PROTECT THEM. DO YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION ON WHAT BRAND TO USE? HAVE CONTACTED A FEW MANUFACTURERS BUT THEY ARE HESITANT THAT THE CLEAR RESIN WILL STICK TO THE PENNY. PAMELA

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    1. Anonymous2/15/2014

      I have used regular floor sealer - same kind they use to seal hardwood floors with! Bought mine at Home Depot. Used wool sponge (ask at Home Depot) to apply coat. Goes on milky, dries clear. Make sure coats are thin. I put a total of 10 coats. Let each dry 8 hours. Sanded with very fine grit sander (by hand) every 3rd coat or so. Looks awesome. It has been a couple of years, it is a powder room at my own home, but it is the bathroom that my own kids and all their friends use when they run into the house after playing outside. So it has had a heavy usage - shoes and all. Looks like new.

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  10. Anonymous5/31/2013

    i think they had them made...

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  11. That’s a lot of pennies! It’s a very unique and creative design indeed! I never knew pennies can be used as house décor and flooring, I will definitely try this at home!

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  12. Anonymous7/15/2013

    still no comments on where we can find the trays

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  13. Make your own template. Get some mesh backing for mosaic tiles. Cut them into manageable squares. Glue the pennies in place. Lay out the sheets. Grout and seal.
    You don't need any stinkin' trays! :)

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  14. Anonymous2/15/2014

    I did my bathroom a while back - no tray needed. I just stared gluing pennies to the floor - one by one. They are easy to align, really.

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