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Jeweled Mosaic Faberge Style Egg, My Version-

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Hello- and thank you for visiting my instructable on how to mosaic a Faberge style egg.

As you can see from my group photos, I recently made several Faberge style eggs as a mosaic challenge project using vintage broken rhinestone jewelry, antique and vintage buttons, vintage china, stained glass, fresh water pearls, vintage glass cabochons and beads on ceramic eggs.

With this entry I'll focus on my pink egg from the set and show how the focal jewelry pieces help to determined the color and flow of the piece. I never really have a set idea in mind; I simply start with the jewelry and move forward to the china or glass that catches my eye. As you can see in the steps to follow I have a huge collection of jewelry and china to choose from.

This pink egg is a favorite and is in my personal collection.

Please see notes in pictures.
 
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Step 1: Choosing and placing your jewels-

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I started with a vintage orphaned rhinestone earring, placed in the center of the front of the egg. This process takes a full day for the adhesive to set, so I do several pieces at a time.

As a general rule in my mosaic work, I don't worry too much if a rhinestone is missing from a jewelry piece, the grout will fill any holes, but, on this piece the jewelry is pristine!

Step 2: Placement is everything-

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Once that earring was set in place, I added another orphaned antique milk glass and rhinestone earring to the center on the opposite side. I also added some vintage china with petite pink roses and a gold trim, half a side at a time. The whole center belt process took 2 full days to apply and set.

Please see notes in pictures for more discussion.

Step 3: Making things smooth on top and then fill-

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I placed a square rhinestone section from a vintage bracelet at the top of the egg for a little drama and added sparkle. I then added some vintage pale pink china to compliment the petite pink roses. I finished off with some hot pink china that I saved from a broken Victorian hand painted bowl.

An additional 2 days of curing- I let this set for 2 full days to make sure the adhesive is completely dry.

Once cured, we are ready for grouting.

Please see notes in pictures for more discussion.

Step 4: Grouting-

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The grouting process is quite messy and difficult to photograph when wearing protective gloves and I don't generally take pictures of this process, but I grabbed my son to take a few shots over my shoulder to demonstrate.

I use regular sanded grout found at most building supply stores, and mix according to package instructions. Even though it is not recommended for tight spaces like those in my mosaics, I've never had it fail on me once in 9 years as a mosaic artist.

I simply prefer the sand texture over unsanded grout, which can look quite drab, in my view.

It's actually fairly simple; I gently push the grout in the spaces, by hand, and then clean it off with an almost dry sponge to remove. Too much water in the sponge in the removal process will add water to the grout and it can crack while curing, so WRING OUT THAT SPONGE!

I let the piece cure for about a week, lightly spraying once a day with clean water, to help cure the stone.

Step 5: Some polishing and sealing and we are done-

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After the grout has cured, I rub the piece with a soft damp cloth to wipe away any stray sand and polish the tiles. I then seal the grout with a penetrating water sealer. It seals the grout against moisture, helping to keep it clean and free from stains. Make sure to wipe the sealant OFF the tiles, it can cause pooling rings.

And so, here we are, all sparkly and quit pretty too, I must say.

Measures approx. 3.25 x 2.25 inches.

Thanks so much for viewing my little project. I appreciate your time.

Faro
cfleury6 years ago
Beautiful egg! I love your step by step instructions they are great!!
I agree!
bajablue4 years ago
Gorgeous!!!
CarStalkerZ6 years ago
were do you get eggs from
Faro (author)  CarStalkerZ6 years ago
Actually, I found the eggs at the Goodwill and haven't been able to find more. I've seen similar ones on ebay, butm they were not ceramic and they didn't stand up. The search is still on...
I wanted to try your idea, but couldn't find ceramic eggs. I used wooden goose eggs (that stand up) from Michaels Craft store.
rik30986 years ago
tats beauteful
eblisster6 years ago
If you're a New England mosaic artist, you might be interested in the upcoming Art of Mosaic show. Go to www.MosaicsNewEngland.com for more information and to place a submission. Submissions accepted through May 31, 2009.
sherbear656 years ago
I know this comment is late, but I think your eggs are so beautiful I just had to comment anyway. Your creativity and skill is amazing.
Lovely mosaics. You almost make it seem easy :)
Faro (author) 6 years ago
Thanks so much for all the nice comments. I appreciate it very much.
Carole B.6 years ago
Congratulations on being a Finalist. I read your Instructable the other night and I think your work is quite admirable. My Best Wishes to you. Carole B.
kelllbelll6 years ago
Beautiful! Congrats on being a finalist!
Your eggs are one of my all time favorite mosaic projects! Just gorgeous!
MailleEtc6 years ago
Beautiful egg and wonderful tutorial! Wouldn't you love to give a basket of these at Easter?!
canida6 years ago
Neat! What adhesive do you use to attach the jewelery?
Faro (author)  canida6 years ago
Hi Canida- I use weldbond. In step 3 (third picture details) I discuss the adhesive and offer a glimpse of the bottle in use.
artful9146 years ago
Your work is so beautiful and precise! Your instructions are excellent and I'm now inspired to create an egg or two or three :)
Faro (author) 6 years ago
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful input. I so appreciate you taking the time to read and participate.
Excellent concise instructions for your beautiful eggs.
What an incredible finished product! Fascinating tutorial, thank you.
pinkee6 years ago
makes me wanna break my dishes and make beautiful eggs! great job!
geminimoon6 years ago
Beautiful eggs and very well written article on how to.