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Easy tile necklace

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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?


 
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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

Picture of 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


dawn_ee2 years ago
This would be a great way to make pendants out of sea glass! I like the way you did the bail - looks nice and clean. I wouldn't recommend 'super glue' because it doesn't stick well for glass long-term. Tends to come undone after a few days.
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice, I think I have some tiles like that lying around, great idea turning them into a necklace.
ChrysN ChrysN2 years ago
Here is mine, I used a store bought bail (metal work is not my thing). I love it, thanks for the great 'ible!
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foobear (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
ooh beautiful!
foobear (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
cool, thx!
taria3 years ago
I wonder if you could just use a dremmal (sp?) and cut a hole in the top and then add some twisted wire to make a bale...or or or, maybe wrap it around the tile and so on... hey I just got an idea...thanks for the instructable. These are very pretty.
foobear (author)  taria3 years ago
Yeah I did try to drill a hole at first, but couldn't get anywhere with the drill. But maybe with the right drill bit it could work.

taria foobear3 years ago
probably, I used a diamond tipped one to put a small hole in a piece of sea glass, submerging it in a very shallow bowl with a little bit of water in it to keep it from braking, than fed a silver wire thru and curled it around the front and twisted the top with some glass beads and made a very pretty charm. It's about an inch and a half long and haven't found the right chain for it yet. I might just make one to go with it cause it's in my bead box with like 30 or so more of different charms. I like making them but never put them on chains...lol (I'm weird.) One day I'll make a tut on how I do it, but there's so many of them as it is.
foobear (author)  taria3 years ago
A diamond tipped drill bit sounds like a great idea. I'm going to have to look for one.
taria foobear3 years ago
I got mine at walmart. they don't cost to much (2 something) and with my discount they cost even less....:)
foobear (author)  taria3 years ago
Really.. cool. I'm gonna look for it.
taria foobear3 years ago
Look in the hardware section next to the power tools, they are usually on peg hooks along the top above the dremels. (at least that's where they are here) I could show right where they are as well. Face the paint counter, and depending on your store layout, it will be the third isle to the left, right hand side 1/4 of the way down, just as you go in. opposite side for the newer layouts. (I work at Walmart...lol)
foobear (author)  taria3 years ago
har! I will take a look
taria foobear3 years ago
k...lol
taria foobear3 years ago
my bad, they are 5 something. I just got one today :(
j.l., you could probably make the hole but, as I mentioned above, there's 'wearability' and 'longevity' issue here. On top of that, the metal bail is setting off the tile.

You just keep going with what you've tried and works. They're lovely.
taria snewton13 years ago
I agree, I never thought she should do it 'my way' I was only saying that a hole could be made into it. I love the designs and thing what she has done is wonderful, don't get me wrong.
snewton1 taria3 years ago
Oh, no, I know you were offering suggestions to make the hole in that tile and your suggestions are good ones, such as using a diamond tip. If she wanted to try it, your ideas are sound. What I was saying was, basically, why go the trouble if what you're trying to do works well and adds beauty?

I learned from YOU that, yep, it can be done, if I tried to do it for reason.

Good tips, Taria! Sorry if my words came off wrong.
taria snewton13 years ago
oh no, it's okay, I never thought they sound wrong or anything. I just wanted to clear it up and make sure that I was only suggesting a drill. But her designs are wonderful they way they are. I was pretty much thinking on the lines of adding a bit more so to speak cause I like other ways of doing things as well.

I'm always thinking outside the box...lol

No harm.
foobear (author)  taria3 years ago
It's fine it's all good.

I like your suggestion and I want to try it!
Gosh, that would it would be tremendously hard to not crack the tile, it's soooo brittle.

But, like Taria said, maybe the dremel we're all trying to win would allow enough pressure without vibration.

I use my dad's (I inherited it after he passed on) dremel and I think he bought it when I was born in 1958 (whew, I'm dating myself). It vibrates and even with the smallest bit, I can't get it to HOLD STILL in one small area.

So, I think the way you're doing it is overall the very best way and it also adds more to the design instead of "just poking a hole in it." I know what I'm talking about because I submitted my entry at http://www.instructables.com/id/The-5-Hour-Anything-Goes-Baked-Bracelet/ but it's with polymer clay. It hasn't gone up yet because it's waiting for the approval process but they gave me the link for now.

See, ceramic tile is so chalky, I can't see how you could even use a dremel to drill the holes but, worse, having that area break off sooner or later. Plus, from a design point of view, I love the 'metal on tile.'

Your designs are fabulous!
foobear (author)  snewton13 years ago
thank you!
taria snewton13 years ago
You would have to use very little pressure and have some patients cause it will crack if you drill to fast or push to hard. (I found that out the hard way) but it does work.
HeyMimi3 years ago
These are really cool. I love the rough hewn bail; it gives the necklace an earthy handcrafted look. I also stop and look at those sheets of tiny tile at the hardware store and try to think of what to do with them. I have quite a collection in the workshop! Will post a few of my prior attempts, but they came out nowhere as neat as your designs. I think I tried to add too much. The beauty of your pendants, I think, is that you left them so simple, and made the bail interesting. Thank you for sharing!
snewton13 years ago
GREAT idea and great instructions! I've been afraid of using a torch but I think I might go for it and get my feet wet with your project! Thank you!
poofrabbit3 years ago
This is very fun! I may have to give this a try, I think I have tile in my studio.
foobear (author)  poofrabbit3 years ago
yay cool!