Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the ZivaWorks' metal tiles made out of?
Our tiles are cast in Lead-Free pewter and are hand-made in the United States by master artisans.
2. Can the natural pewter or plated pewter be used in a wet application?
Yes. Do not use acidic cleaners or the top lacquer will be removed and the tile may patina. Do not use in a steam room or under water in a pool or pond.
3. Can the tiles with stones be used in a shower?
The following can be used in a shower because the stones are fused into the metal at the time of casting:
The following are not recommended in a wet area where water would constantly be in contact with the stones because these stones are attached after the casting and plating process. They could be used in a shower if they were in an area of the shower where the water was not constantly running over the stones:
4. Why is there a hole in the side of the tile edge?
The plater threads wire through these holes to hang the tiles inside the tanks for electroplating.
5. Will the tiles patina over time?
Under normal circumstances, no. If the top layer of protective lacquer has been worn away by improper care, the plating may patina on the Copper and Gold colors. If you suspect this has happened, you can reapply an industrial metal lacquer to the tile for protection.
6. What is the standard delivery time for ZivaWorks tile?
4-6 weeks. Most of our tile is custom made to order. Some designs go through as many as 4 processes before shipping.
7. What is dichroic glass?
Paula Radke, a wonderful Dichroic glass artist writes this definition in her bead catalog and we will use it here because it is one of the best we've found.
"Dichroic is defined as the property of having more than one color, especially when viewed from different angles. Dichroic glass is produced by a process called, 'thin film physics'. Hand-rolled sheet glass is fastened to the top of a vacuum chamber. The chamber is heated to approximately 300 degrees and after a vacuum is created, metals such as titanium, silicon, and magnesium are vaporized in a crucible by electronic beams. The vapors rise and grow on the glass as metal crystals. The resulting color is determined by the individual oxide composition.
...One color is reflected from the glass surface and a separate, completely different color is shown when the light is allowed to pass through the glass. Dichroic color applied to black glass will reflect all the light and give you a dynamic metallic color. The same Dichroic color applied to clear glass will absorb and reflect light giving an ever-shifting rainbow of color."
8. Can the Dichroic glass be used on the floor? or in wet area?
Yes, if it has a layer of clear glass on the top and which is now available on any of the glass tiles in our collection. Please specify when ordering.
9. What is the difference between a stamping and a casting?
The stampings are literally "stamped" out of thin sheets of metal using a die or template of the individual design. Castings are made by pouring hot liquid metal into molds.
10. Does ZivaWorks encourage custom orders?
Yes. We encourage custom work. We can have almost anything made in metal up to 12" x 12".