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Topic: Patriotic Heart Mosaic Pendant with Tutorial  (Read 2713 times)
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« on: January 16, 2012 03:29:50 PM »

An introductory tutorial for mosaic pendant, in a pendant tray.

How to create a mosaic pendant, with brief introductions to a glass saw and glass grinder.

* Pick your design and supplies.

1IMG_4714 by HRSG, on Flickr

Pendant tray, blue glass and a piece of millefiore.

* To make this pendant I will need to cut the blue glass in the shape of the pendant tray, which in this case is a heart. So a template is created by tracing the tray and attaching it to the glass with rubber cement. Allow to dry completely.


2IMG_4716 by HRSG, on Flickr

*Take glass to ring saw  (this model is a Taurus3 and I'm pretty happy with the performance), and make sure it has enough water to operate properly.


3IMG_4715 by HRSG, on Flickr

* Cut on the ring saw, put down the shield and on your safety glass and begin cutting till the heart is cut out all the way around the template.

4IMG_4717 by HRSG, on Flickr


5IMG_4718 by HRSG, on Flickr
(Yes, that is just about how much you can see on the saw when the water and glass get flying.  Cheesy )


6IMG_4720 by HRSG, on Flickr

* The glass does not quite fit into the pendant tray, so it will need to have some grinding done on the glass grinder. This brand is an Inland and does everything I need.


7IMG_4721 by HRSG, on Flickr


6aIMG_4722 by HRSG, on Flickr

* You can mark what amount needs to go, or if you feel secure just eyeball it.


6bIMG_4723 by HRSG, on Flickr

*  Once it fits we need to check how the piece of millefiori will be placed. Mark this with a Sharpie and take back to the glass saw.


8IMG_4724 by HRSG, on Flickr

* Now you have all your parts, glue and your ready to assemble. Glue all pieces, allow to dry and grout with your color choice. For me I used light gray.


9IMG_4725 by HRSG, on Flickr


10IMG_4726 by HRSG, on Flickr

* Then I added a wire to finish the necklace off, and added some beads to accent the colors and add interest.


Completed pendant30a by HRSG, on Flickr

Please, feel free to ask and questions you may have. And hope to see some of you trying mosaic pendants.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2012 04:43:45 PM »

Beautiful pendant and great tutorial!
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012 06:05:10 PM »

Thank you, Val! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012 07:20:29 PM »

A heart within a heart! I absolutely adore it, HSG. It's beautiful.

The tutorial is great too. It's fun to see the process you go through to make your pieces. I want to come over and play with glass!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012 04:27:10 AM »

Thanks Lime, and come over anytime! It would be great fun.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012 06:03:57 AM »

That's really pretty!
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012 04:27:13 PM »

I have always had a true admiration of glass artists...now that I see the process, I am even more in awe of the tools, skills and work it takes to make these beautiful pieces...

I am jealous of your grown-up tools... Cheesy

Thanks for sharing the process...
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2012 07:18:47 PM »

Thank you both!

Loves me some tools! In my house I use them more than anyone else. And I like it that way. Smiley
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Lovely work.  What kind of grout do you use?  I tried one without sand from Home Depot but it does not look good  Embarrassed
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2013 01:17:52 PM »

Hi and thanks!  Smiley

For 99% of my projects I use sanded grout, and mix it myself. The unsanded really is for surfaces that will scratch.

There are some mosaic tutorials here.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359050.0#axzz2dOJwI9Gu
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