How to make a square pendant necklace
Upcycle mosaic tiles with your favourite patterned paper to make this darling square pendant necklace - ideal if you're looking to make and sell jewelry!
Want to make and sell jewelry? Jewellery always draws a crowd at craft fairs and markets and if you need to make lots of small projects quickly to fill up your stall, then our pretty pendant could be just the project for you to make and sell jewelry!
This square pendant necklace is made from basic bathroom mosaic tiles that are covered in background paper, then embossed to give a protective layer. There are 121 tiles in a mosaic sheet, and a single sheet is between £5 and £20 (sometimes less!) – this works out at between 4 pence and 16 pence per tile – great if you want to make and sell jewelry. White tiles are ideal because it helps to make the colours on the papers more vibrant – so choose the right papers and you’ll be onto a very profitable make.
We used a pretty cherry blossom paper that came in two patterns and five colours, which means you can really offer a choice to your customers. Digital paper is perfect for this project as you can print onto paper that is thinner and you can easily rescale the pattern before printing.
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To make this square pendant necklace you will need:
- 2.5 x 2.5cm (1 x 1″) square white mosaic ceramic tile
- Patterned paper
- Fine clear embossing powder
- VersaMark clear pad
- Heat gun
- Silver-plated leaf tag pendant bail
- 50cm (20in) of silver-plated chain
- Silver-plated jumprings
- Silver-plated bolt ring fastening
- Fine sandpaper or sanding block
How to make a square pendant necklace
2.5 x 2.5 x 0.5cm (1 x 1 x ¼in)
Try mixing up the papers you use – decoupage papers, book pages or old maps make for exciting patterns on your square pendant necklace!
First – choose some papers for your square pendant necklace. If you’re working with digi papers – insert the digital paper at full size into a Word document, then reduce to 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) and print out. Draw around a tile onto paper and cut out the aperture to make a template. Place onto the paper and mark the corners when you like the pattern you see.
Alternatively, if you’re working with your own papers (decoupage papers are great for this project), position the mosaic tile onto your papers until you’re happy with the positioning of the pattern, draw around and cut out.
Cut out the paper square. Spread a thin layer of appliglue over the front of the mosaic tile and stick the paper onto the tile, smoothing any air bubbles as you go. Once the glue is dry, then trim away any excess paper that overhangs the edges of the tile.
Sand the edges of the tile in a downward motion using fine sandpaper or a sanding block. Removing a little of the colour around the edge of the paper gives a vintage look.
Press the tile, face down, onto the Versamark pad, then repeat to make sure the surface is covered. Sprinkle fine embossing powder over the surface and tip off the excess.
Lay the tile on a clean, heat resistant surface and heat with the craft gun until the embossing powder melts. Don’t overheat or it will go cloudy. Repeat step 4 twice to add more embossing powder and reheat. Three thin layers are better than one thick layer.
Stick the leaf pad of the pendant bail onto the reverse side of the tile using a strong glue such as F8000, epoxy resin or super glue gel. Thread with a length of silver chain and close the chain with jump rings or a fastening, if required to finish your square pendant necklace.
If you’re looking to make and sell jewelry, now that you have one square pendant necklace made you can think about how you would like to package it. Kraft card is excellent for this – cut a square or rectangle of kraft card approximately, cut two slits in the top and thread through your necklace, so that it hangs in a ‘V’ shape at the front of the card. The excess chain will sit at the back. Handwrite the name of your shop, or the name of your pendant (get creative when naming your jewelry!) on the front of the card, then repeat until you have enough square pendant necklaces to make and sell jewelry!