This is a step by step of how I created a Sailor Moon Mosaic for my wife as a Christmas gift.
Step 2: Do a layout to get a rough idea of what you’re doing.
The most pivotal piece of this project was getting the star of the locket done right. At the end I’ll have a picture of the locket from the anime’ and the mosaic I created so you can see them compared. This is a very good time to keep in mind that you’re creating a mosaic not an exact duplication in stone. It should be a little disconnected and freeform, but keep to and embody the idea of what you’re doing.
Step 2b: A special step particular to this project.
I’m including this special step, because it was crucial to my project. I couldn’t find a glass bead large enough to be the centerpiece jewel of the locket, so I made one. I used oven bake clay that I found in super sparkly dark pink. So I’ll walk you through that.
Next I baked it as directed. (Note: at the middle thickness you will need to bake longer than recommended and may burn or darken the thinner edges)
Step 3: The final arrangement
This is everything going in for a final fit into a mould. This specific mold is very a 14 inch stepping stone. If you notice, the star is smaller than I had roughed out, but worked out much better for the mould and looks better overall.
To make a stepping stone you would turn all the tiles and beads upside down (stuck to contact paper) and pour your concrete mix over it. You would flip it over after a couple days, brush it off, and there would be a very two-dimensional (very standard) mosaic piece. BUT! I wanted a three-dimensional look.
Step 4(/5): Pour your mix into your mould (/add your tiles and stones)
So, I mixed my cement (white) and then poured it into the mould.
I let it set (After adding way too much water to the mix. LOL) most of the way, then rough mixed some very spreadable cement (almost like cake icing) and smeared it on the top of the previous layer but much thinner. Then I pressed in all my tiles and stones and let it set for three days.
Final step: Take out your stone for final curing.
This was a constantly frustrating project to learn, but cannot wait to try something like this again. Luckily I know my wife will appreciate all the hard work that went into creating an icon from her favorite anime’ and Manga.
Sailor Moon Locket from the Anime’.