How to Make Mosaic Jewelry

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Mosaic jewelry is easy to make and enjoyable to wear. Even better, if you make your own mosaic jewelry, you can be certain that you will never see someone else with the same piece. You can make mosaic jewelry from scrap glass and china around your house, but if you are just getting started, purchase mosaic craft glass squares for your first effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat acrylic jewelry shapes
  • Craft glue
  • Wax paper
  • Mosaic craft glass squares
  • Paper plate
  • Toothpicks
  • Tweezers
  • Jewelry cord
  • Design your mosaic pattern by tracing a flat acrylic jewelry shape onto a piece of paper. Lay out the glass mosaic craft squares inside the penciled shape so you have a design to follow. You can make a geometric pattern or choose a recognizable object, such as a flower.

  • Lay out your materials. Squirt some craft glue on the wax paper. Pour the mosaic glass craft pieces into the paper plate and spread them out so that you can see all the colors. Grab a toothpick and make sure that your tweezers are handy.

  • Glue the mosaic glass craft pieces onto the acrylic jewelry base. Use the toothpick to transport a drop of glue from the pool of glue on the wax paper to the place that you want it on the acrylic base. Then, pick up a piece of glass with the tweezers and place it firmly flat on top of the glue drop. Follow the pattern that you have laid out on the paper to replicate your design exactly. Generally, it is best to work from the center outward, to avoid knocking the mosaic pieces out of place once you have placed them on their glue drops. Do not to cover the hole in the acrylic piece or you will not be able to wear your mosaic jewelry as a pendant.

  • Allow the glue to dry for at least 24 hours. Do not move the jewelry during this time.

  • Thread the jewelry cord through the hole at the top of the acrylic piece. If you prefer, attach the piece to a pin and wear it as a brooch. You can also make the pieces into earrings, but this jewelry can get quite heavy and stretch your ears.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not feel you are getting enough glue, then you can dip the bottoms of the mosaic pieces in the glue while holding them with the tweezers. Be careful not to get any glue on the sides or tops of the pieces.

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