A couple weeks ago, I posted about week twenty-eight of fun and crazy. In that post, I shared that one of the things I did that week was have a great time with my girlfriends making Mosaic Pendants.
As promised, here is the tutorial so you can make your own, and I saved an idea sheet at the very bottom of the post of many of the pendants made that evening.
Materials & Tools Used (all links take you to Amazon.com to view costs):
One of my friends brought her tile-pieces the evening of the party. (She’s the real mosaic queen.)
I picked out pieces that evening to work on my pendant when I got the chance, as I created pendants for my friends who couldn’t make it to the party.
The tutorial you see here is of my personal pendant.
My friend, who co-hosted the party with me, purchased four lots of 10-pendants from Amazon. We had twelve ladies make at least two each, and some made three pendants. I made a total of four.
The links for the pendants and necklaces are:
The links for the glue, tile cutters and grout:
As you can imagine, the basic premise was to cut the tile into small pieces into a pattern that you either planned in your head or just *knew* that was going to be the way you wanted it.
What you don’t realize when you start a project like this, is how hard it is to get smaller pieces from big pieces of tile. It’s obviously possible, but it takes patience and time.
The next step is to glue the pieces down.
I used tweezers to realign the pieces to make them even.
We waited about 20-minutes for the glue to dry during the party, and had snacks and talked, or just got another pendant done while waiting.
When I did this by myself (for this tutorial, I waited about an hour for the glue to dry.
Contrary to popular belief, if the glue isn’t dry, the grout will not keep the pieces in place. It’s all about the glue. Just a hint!
I’ve done mosaic pieces before, and given many tips along the way in my tutorials.
See my Instructable for a Mixed Media Mosaic for more mosaic tidbits!
The most basic key to grouting is to have the time to do it.
Don’t pick it up thinking that you can be done in 10-minutes, unless you’ve done it before.
You’ll need a wet towel, a dry towel, and I used paper plates to keep my work space clear. My mother-in-love posed for me in some of these photos where you see a different pendant.
Because these pieces are so small, it takes a matter of minutes to grout them, but the key to getting them really beautiful is cleaning them after the grout is placed.
You may have to repeat the wet-towel, dry towel process to get the top of the tile pieces completely cleaned. At some point, hopefully you will be satisfied with the cleanliness of the tile and let it sit to dry for at least a day.
One of the last things I did was add some scrapbooking jewels to the tops of the black squares for extra depth and sparkle. I liked the sparkle of the pink tiles and I think the jewels add flair!
I hope this tutorial sparks your interest in both making mosaics and possibly making these little gems. They would make personalized Birthday/Christmas gifts or anytime gifts for that matter. My mother-in-love gave two away, just because!
Here’s the finished products of our Pinterest Party Mosaic Pendants in PDF form. Thanks for reading!