Sailor Moon Mosaic

 

This is a step by step of how I created a Sailor Moon Mosaic for my wife as a Christmas gift.

Step 1: Assemble the mosaic tiles
Sailor Moon MosaicI went with some gold tiles I found at the arts and crafts store for the bulk of the tile work.  They have an almost mirror finish and look fantastic.

Step 2: Do a layout to get a rough idea of what you’re doing.

Sailor Moon MosaicThe 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.

Sailor Moon MosaicThis is with the addition of the color accent tiles (which are VERY glittery. LOL) and glass beads.  Because this was a super secret project, it had to be completed in my poorly lit basement.

Sailor Moon MosaicThe flash would make all the glass tiles go crazy!  So I didn’t take a lot of pictures with the flash on.

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.

Sailor Moon MosaicThis stuff was pretty easy to use actually.  Based on my experience with this project I would definitely recommend staying with this brand if it meets your needs.

Sailor Moon MosaicIt’s lined so you can easily cut it into smaller chunks to sculpt with.  For my purposes, however, I needed the whole thing!

Sailor Moon MosaicI roughed the whole thing into a ball shape by rolling into my hands and on a sheet of wax paper.

Sailor Moon MosaicFor a two-dimensional effect you could whip out the rolling pin (using wax paper to cover it), but I wanted a very three-dimensional piece so I used my hands to smash it down and make a soft mound.

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

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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.

Sailor Moon MosaicTo 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.

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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.

Sailor Moon MosaicThis 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.

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Sailor Moon Locket from the Anime’.

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