I finally gave up waiting on my tile order for the properly sized tiles. I have a deadline I'm trying to meet and it wasn't looking likely if I waited. So, on Friday I returned to Georgie's and just bought larger size tiles and Jeff cut them down for me. I spent most of day working on glazing tile.
My process this time was much better than last time. I put the tiles on baking sheets lined with foil. And I found if I cycled the full sheets thru the oven at a low temp (150º) they dried very quickly which really sped up the process.