Miniature Garden Diorama Pendant
Here we bring you one little idea, nothing particularly new about it - dioramas have been around for centuries, the Victorians being particular fans of recreating worlds and encasing them behind glass. This time we will apply that concept to jewellery. We will be picking a simple concept and converting it into a small (very small) representation of the life-size one. In this case, we opted for a small garden diorama. Our materials:
a pendant tray
a hollow glass dome to fit the tray
a piece of backing paper from a scrapbooking set cut to the same size as the pendant tray
a detailed scrapbooking paper sheet
scissor, brush, pointy tweezers - and (not in the photo) a set of colourful Sharpie pens
First, glue the blue backing paper into the tray. We traced around a bigger piece of paper using the glass dome and cut it to size so it would fit exactly the tray. As this piece had a slight wave pattern, it needed a bit of gentle manouvering into position to sit straight.
Apply glue to the bottom border and glue a few nice bits of moss.
With another coat over the bottom of the moss itself add a second layer for depth.
Cut some teeny tiny butterflies and ladybirds from a preprinted paper sheet or go freehand. You might find it easier to use an X Acto knife here. These tiny paper butterflies were then folded slightly for a slight 3d effect and glued into position in the tray.
Put the piece together and check for any adjustments needed - we felt here that the insects looked a little washed out and the paper could be seen through the rim of the glass. Coloured pens gave the insects the extra burst of colour we were after, and a quick go around the edge of the background paper with a black pen meant any paper showing would not be visible around the edge of the glass.
Let everything dry for a good day or so. As all the bits of glue dry, if you pop your glass top onto your piece too soon, you will find droplets of condensation form soon after.
When dry, dab a little ModPodge on the rim of the glass - this glass is very fragile and so it won't be subjected to many knocks and bumps. I believe ModPodge will be strong enough for the job, but if in doubt, you can use E6000. Again, it is easier to dab a little around the rim of the glass than into the tray. Place the hollow glass dome gently onto the piece, ensuring there are no stray bits of moss escaping.
And there you have a cute little diorama piece.