Thursday, March 14, 2013

Make an eggshell mosaic pendant

Have you ever made something and then thought to yourself, "Wow. This is it. I've reached the pinnacle of my creativity.  I'm never going to make something as neat as this."

*Tumble weed rolls through silent room*
*Cricket chirps*
*Uncomfortable silence*

Ok. Perhaps I'm the only one who thinks that way. Anyway... yesterday, after hours of intensive gluing, I found myself staring (cross-eyed) at my finish craft, thinking those exact words.  I love vintage micro mosaic jewelry, but being a huge cheap-o, I never allow myself to buy it.  So, yesterday, armed with a bunch of eggshells and milk jug caps (thanks Tita Tina for the stash!), I made my own version of micro mosaic jewelry.  Here are my two finished pendants:

Eggshells and milk caps- who would have thunk it?
 And here's what one looks like on me:
What a lovely piece of crapt



Here's how I made them:

Materials:
- eggshells
- craft paint
- milk jug caps
- skewer
- tacky glue
- sponge brush
- Mod Podge
- jewelry jump ring
- drill with tiny bit

Directions:
1.  Wash your eggshells thoroughly.  Leave them on pieces of paper towel to dry them.  Try to remove the membranes inside.

2.  Paint your eggshells with craft paint.
Oooh.  I do love me some color.


3.  Break your eggshells into tiny pieces. (I left this task to Chuck since he's a master destroyer.)


4.  Drill holes into the back of your milk jug caps (to insert jump ring in later.)

5.  Cover your work area.  Glue on your design.

Helpful hints:
- Put a dab of glue on the cap first and then put your eggshell pieces on.
- Use a skewer to move pieces around.
- Glue on the main design first, then add in the background pieces.
- Give your eyes a break every once in awhile.  Otherwise you'll feel cross-eyed.

I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do... but I mostly let the eggshell pieces (and my love of flowers) guide me


6.  Let the pendants dry.  Then, coat your design with a couple layers of Mod Podge to keep your tiny eggshell pieces glued on.

*High five*  You made it!  Enjoy your crapty pieces of wearable art.


(Psst- Hungry for more egg related crafts?  Check out these projects: eggshell mosaic potseggshell sidewalk chalkeggshell dolls, or egg carton wreath)

18 comments:

  1. this is great!!! did you cover the sides too with eggshell? or is it part of the allure and talking point when people see the sides? ;)

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    1. Nope. Just the front. The sides were too thin (and I was feeling too cross-eyed), so I left them bare. But, it still looks really neat. I'll try to wear it the next time I see you. ;)

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  2. Wow, I love how that turned out! You are one crafty lady!

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  3. I occasionally go through that same thought process in crafting sermons. No worries! You'll reach another pinnacle someday!

    In the meantime, these are GORGEOUS!

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    1. Thanks MB. I guess it's all part of the creative process right?

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  4. You are not only an amazing artist, you write well, too! Loved your take on the creative process. Have you seen the post going around that shows the "expectation" of how the cute little bunny ears will look and the "reality" shot of the demonic rabbits that turned out? I shudder to think what would happen if I glued egg shells on milk jug lids. But your creations are BEAUTIFUL. Just goes to prove you can't stop an artist. Let your light shine!

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    1. Hi Susan- Thank you so much (again) for your sweet comments and encouragement. No! I haven't seen the demonic rabbits. (But I giggle because I've had those experiences before.... one time I tried felting a cashmere sweater in a pot on our stove. Let's just say it smelled awful... and we had tiny hairs everywhere. Eek!) :)

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  5. I love how you made your mosaic pendant from tiny colored egg pieces. Very creative. Thanks!

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  6. I love the look of mosaic pieces. I would never have thought to used colored egg shell. Ingenious!

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  7. Cute and creative pendants! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    Navy Wifey Peters

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    1. Thanks Tonna for hosting the linky party

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  8. These are great! I don't know how they look in person, but they sure look fabulously expensive online. I love the detail and colors used.

    karen
    http://www.KarenStoneStudio.com

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    1. Thanks Karen! I have yet to wear them out in public (it's hard wearing necklaces since Chuck likes grabbing them), but when I do, I look forward to telling people that it's made of eggs. ;)

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  9. So cute! This is one very creative way to use the eggshell :)

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