Introduction: Easy Tile Necklace
Finalist in the
Dremel Jewelry Contest
Have you ever noticed the beautiful mosaic tiles in the flooring department of the hardware store? I think they are enchanting. So why not make a necklace out of them?
Step 1: Materials and Tools
There's nothing new going on here. Just some really basic metal forming, attaching some glue and findings.
But here are all the things you might want to use
files for smoothing rough edges
tin snips for crudely cutting metal
jeweler's saw for finer detailed cutting of metal
pliers for bending metal
findings such as chain, clasps, jump rings, etc.
a torch for heating up metal to make it softer
a pan of water for cooling metal
glass mosaic tiles
sheet metal from the hardware store. I used a 6" by 24" sheet which was $5. 26 gauge
Step 2: Create a Pendant Bail
or you could just go buy one if you prefer. I didn't have one around, so I made a crude one out of sheet steel
Heat up the sheet metal with a torch until it turns red and starts to change colors. This will soften it and make it easier to cut.
Dip the hot metal in a pan of water to cool it off. You will hear it sizzle. After the hot areas are submerged in water they will be cool and easy to handle.
Snip out a little strip of metal with the tin snips and file the rough edges down with a file
Step 3: A Different Bail
Try making a fancier bail if you feel like it.
Trace a design into the softened metal. Cut it out with the jeweler's saw. File the edges and finish however you like.
Bend it to fit the piece. Glue into place
Step 4: Glue the Bail to the Tile
I don't know quite what glue to use for this. I'm just trying this stuff shown for the first time. Super glue might work just as well.
Be careful with the glue. Try to keep it off your fingers and off the face of the tile.
Step 5: Attach a Chain
Select a chain, cut it to the desired length, thread it through, attach jump rings and a clasp... just the basic stuff
Race you to the swap meet! woot! =)
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