First, we mix the white cement and marble powder with pigments, durable and high-quality iron oxides. The pigments are precisely weighed, ground, and sieved. This will become the colored top layer of our cement tiles, whether they are plain tiles or patterned cement tiles.
Mixing cement & sand
We then mix the grey cement with medium fine sifted Balinese volcanic sand in the cement mixer. The last step is to also add some water to the mix. All the materials we use are locally sourced and are from within the area where our workshop is located.
Making the tile
One cement tile consists of 3 layers: the top layer or colored layer, the middle layer, which is made of dry (colored) cement and which is used to fix the first layer and bind the third layer, and lastly the third and thickest layer, which is made from a mixture of Vulcanic sand and grey cement mixed with water.
Cement tile pressing: Each and every cement tile is separately pressed hydraulically by renovated and adapted old tile presses, to bind the 3 different layers together and to increase density, provide strength and durability.
Soaking in the water
The tiles are left to pre-dry for a night to ensure that they are no longer vulnerable, but are instead strong enough to move to the next stage. The tiles are then checked for inconsistencies and cleaned. Now the tiles are ready to be carefully placed in water to cure for 4 days (no kiln needed).
Packaging & Shipping
Packing is an important last step, as our tiles need to be packed in a sturdy and dry box and without too much space, otherwise there is a good chance that damage may occur. The tiles must also be placed in a standing position to avoid breakage.
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