I have always loved mosaic jewelry and received my first piece of mosaic jewelry – a pair of hear earrings – from my Aunt Margaret when I was a teenager. I still have them – they also have little flowers similar to the ones shown above. I don’t see mosaic jewelry often, and so I notice it when I come across a piece.
This pendant started life as a pin. I wanted it to be a necklace so I cut the pin back off. I then created a brass setting to cover the area where the pin back was and to add holes for hanging. The backing has four little tabs that hold the mosaic piece in place. I drafted the backing out in cardboard first – it’s way easier to make adjustments when you are working with paper. Once I got the pattern correct, I moved to metal. Realizing that there was no where I could put the tabs that wouldn’t cover some piece of the design, I did my best to place them. I worried that they would perhaps take away from the mosaic piece, but now find them to be hardly noticeable.
I felt a necklace made of darkened brass loops and olive green glass pearls enhanced the lovely mosaic pendant. If I’m lucky enough to come across another one, I now know how to convert it to a pendant.