Every year for Valentine's Day my husband gives me a miniature rose bush that I plant in my garden in the spring. This year I decided to try making a little keepsake from one of the buds. This little project only took me about an hour and a half to complete and I am new to the world of glass. I hope you enjoy making this adorable little pendant.
You will need:
- Two microscope slides
- Glass scoring tool
- Solder and a soldering iron
- Copper foil
- Dried flower
- Jump ring
Draw a simple roof on both of your slides.
Next, you need to score one side of the roof with your scoring tool and carefully snap the excess glass off with your fingers. Then, repeat this step on the other side of your roof and then on the second piece of glass. Be sure to wear safety glasses when cutting glass.
Next, clean your slide with windex and lay your flower on top of the glass. Then, clean your other piece of glass and lay it on top - making a tiny rose sandwich.
Next, carefully place the copper foil around your little house and rub the foil once it is in place. Try to place the pendant in the middle of the foil, then fold the excess foil around the sides of the house.
Now it is time to "tin" your little house. After your soldering iron is heated up, melt a small amount of solder onto the tip. Rub this drop of solder along the copper foil. I always wear safety glasses when I am cutting glass or soldering.
Get pumped my friend, you're almost done! Attach your jump ring to the roof of your tiny house. The tool I am using to hold up my pendant is called a helping hand tool. I got it from Amazon for 5 dollars and it has come in handy (ha ha) a lot when working with stained glass. You could also shove the pendant into a piece of styrofoam to make it stand up. Be creative!
Every little house needs a little chimney. Bend a piece of wire to resemble a chimney, solder it onto the roof, and you're done!