It’s true. Everyday life is so repetitive that it’s like clockwork, no? Each person does the same things at the same times without even giving it a thought. So let’s mark the hourly occasion, OK?
I began this project with a regular 12″ saltillo floor tile. When the laser burns through the surface glaze, it turns the inner clay into a glasslike substance. Very shiny and smooth. Of course, it takes the maximum power from the laser, and a very longggg time to burn through a surface like this, but the result is really pretty classy looking. Now, drilling the hole in the center for the clock works is another matter. I had to resort to the old fashioned drill and bit for that. But with patience, it CAN be done!
On a side note here, it’s a great method to use on tiles that will be outdoors (minus the clock, obviously), so the approach is a really nice idea for accent paving or even pet grave markers. I’ve had a number of occasions that called for something like this, and it worked out great to have all the specs worked out in advance, so I could just start in on a project directly.