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For those who enjoy curiosity cabinet, insect specimen, shadowboxes and more
This tutorial will consist of a simple and easy way to create a beautiful pendant. The ending image will give you an idea of how the pendant would look completed with resin epoxy. My tutorial on resin is located in a separate project.

Posted by Shayla F. from Terre Haute, Indiana, United States • Published See Shayla F.'s 21 projects »
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  • How to make a tile pendant. Faux Insect Curiosity Pendant Tutorial  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Step one involves getting your supplies ready.

    You will need a jewelry setting. You will need a background (if plausible) and you will need insect images. I will talk you through how to do and acquire these.

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    For a background scrapbook paper is the best. They are beautifully decorated and easy to cut.
    you could trace graphite around the edge of your pendant and RUB it to the blank side of the scrapbook paper

  • Step 2

    For a background scrapbook paper is the best. They are beautifully decorated and easy to cut.
    TO SIZE YOUR BACKGROUND TO YOUR PENDANT you could trace graphite around the edge of your pendant and RUB it to the blank side of the scrapbook paper. Then cut (use an XACTO or scissors) inside that transferred circle, oval, square- whatever you used.

    You could mod podge a guesstimation and then press the paper inside the pendant. OR you could be fancy and measure it accordingly. I do the transfer way because it is pristine.

  • Step 3

    The next step would be MOD PODGE your BACKGROUND inside the PENDANT. Then you will need to place MOD PODGE on top of your background to seal it. (especially if you want to use resin)

  • How to make a tile pendant. Faux Insect Curiosity Pendant Tutorial  - Step 4
    Step 4

    FIND IMAGES OF YOUR INSECTS

    There are an abundance of copyright-free vintage illustrations on the internet. These are free printables available to you. You can do this just by searching google images specifically for VINTAGE INSECT, VINTAGE MOTH, VINTAGE BUTTERFLY, etc.

    Measure your pendant. Mine was 1.5 inches across. Therefore I had to print my moth at an approximate .5 icnhes to fit inside the pendant comfortably.

    Cut with xacto knife or scissors

  • How to make a tile pendant. Faux Insect Curiosity Pendant Tutorial  - Step 5
    Step 5

    To get your insect to RAISE from the background and give it that "free-floating captured specimen look" use a slightly thick cardstock, paper, mountain dew cardboard paper, etc.

    Just something to give it a slight foreground appeal. AND MAKE SURE IT IS CUT SMALL ENOUGH to not be seen.

  • How to make a tile pendant. Faux Insect Curiosity Pendant Tutorial  - Step 6
    Step 6

    This is what you will have with the background and foreground insect in place

  • How to make a tile pendant. Faux Insect Curiosity Pendant Tutorial  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pretty cool am I right?

  • How to make a tile pendant. Faux Insect Curiosity Pendant Tutorial  - Step 8
    Step 8

    I also sealed my pieces into resin epoxy for a final touch. If are interested in going a step further, this material is extremely easy to use and will give your pieces an eternal seal on top of the faux presence of glass.

  • How to make a tile pendant. Faux Insect Curiosity Pendant Tutorial  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Ta-da!

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Comments

Margaret W.
Margaret W.
Lovely!
But I have a question- looks like the settings don't have a glass layer- so you're just pouring the resin on top of the cut out insect?
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Margaret W.
Margaret W.
Lovely!
But I have a question- looks like the settings don't have a glass layer- so you're just pouring the resin on top of the cut out insect?
Reply
Margaret W.
Margaret W.
Lovely!
But I have a question- looks like the settings don't have a glass layer- so you're just pouring the resin on top of the cut out insect?
Reply
Margaret W.
Margaret W.
Lovely!
But I have a question- looks like the settings don't have a glass layer- so you're just pouring the resin on top of the cut out insect?
Reply
Margaret W.
Margaret W.
Lovely!
But I have a question- looks like the settings don't have a glass layer- so you're just pouring the resin on top of the cut out insect?
Shayla F.
Shayla F. · Terre Haute, Indiana, US · 28 projects
yes and it works! Happy
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1401 projects
These are beautiful!
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