Mosaic Clover Leaf Pendant

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Introduction: Mosaic Clover Leaf Pendant

About: I'm a mom of 4 and I love to craft! Anything and Everything interests me and i love to create in the process of learning.

I learned all about eggshell mosaic two days ago and couldn't resist trying it out...so if you see this instructable...it means it came out pretty good :-)

Step 1: Things You Need

1 eggshells
2. tacky glue
3. foam board ( this is what i had around...you could use ply wood or any hard surface you want)
4. alcohol ink ( or water colors will do i think...i just made my homemade inks and it turned out okay)
5. varnish

Step 2: Cut and Fill Your Shape

Cut your shape in wood or a hard board. i had hard form board so i cut the shape out in my styrofoam cutter ( you can check the instructable here https://www.instructables.com/id/Table-top-hotwire-Styrofoam-cutter/)
then i applied gesso and  let it dry . then i sanded it.
next apply a nice coat of white tacky glue.
take your egg shell ( first clean it ...removing all the membranes in it...else it'll not stick well)., place it on your shape and press it with your finger.
you would now have flatted it with nice cracks....fill the whole area..fill in the missing areas with a tong  don't worry if it over laps the design. let it dry
now gently chip out the overlapping shells.

Step 3: Color It!

Drop a few drops of alcohol ink (i think water colors will do too).  you cant go wrong here...if you think you did.. just drop the desired color in alcohol ink and you are good to go...if you check out the pictures you will see how many trials and errors i have done :-)
once you feel your piece is okay...let it dry...btw...don't forget to color the back too if it's a pendant. now fix a loop for the pendant.
varnish it and you are done! well give it a few more coats and you are done! Wear it  and enjoy!

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    10 Discussions

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    TD56
    TD56

    Tip 4 months ago on Step 2

    I use die cut card and PVA glue instead of Gesso, then buy bright nail varnishes from second hand sale places and coat the eggs in the nail varnish first, (window open, it’s smelly stuff). This way I can mix colours. I also build up a few shells in different shades for lots of projects but make sure you boil the shells to get them free of anything that might cause sickness or block your coloursnts as well as taking the membrane off the inside parts.
    If you paint the background shape a contrasting colour and move the pieces apart a little to show it it acts like grout when you put the clear varnish on top it all goes flat and looks inlaid. I loved your four leaf clover by the way and will be trying my alcohol inks on my next project. Thank you. If we all share we will all be brilliant.

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    Shabzy
    Shabzy

    7 years ago on Step 2

    hi what do u mean by gesso?

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    shazni
    shazni

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 2

    gesso is something you apply on canvas or board to make it easier to paint on...
    in Asian countries you could ask for wall filler and paint with that...
    Gesso/ wall filler is used on surfaces which is difficult to paint on ...such as plastic or slippery foam board...it is also used on fabric so that the paint does not seep through.
    If you are using wood or hardboard you could even use emulsion paint or acrylic paint....not latex paint as it would be slippery and then you would be unable to paste the egg shells.
    Hope what I have written helps you...if you need more help please feel free to ask !
    :-)

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    shazni
    shazni

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks... working on a tray and wall rack with this system..hope it turns out well