Tiny Faux Terrarium Pendant

March 30, 2016 , In: Mixed Media, Tutorials

I’m currently getting ready for two events; the bead cruise and Steampunk World’s Fair.  In my prior post I shared what I was making for the cruise.  Now I’m going to share with you a project I’m working on for one of my steampunk costumes!

Photo and hat by Chiki Bird

I purchased this fabulous mini top hat from Chiki Bird Hat Studio  for a steampunk faerie costume I’m putting together.  I have most everything I need for it but I’m missing jewelry.  I love the little mushrooms all over the hat so I knew I wanted the pendant to incorporate them somehow.  In my vast supply stash I happened to have several glass-domed components.

Glass Dome Component

I purchased my stash of them from Ingredients for Lovely.  You can also find them at Make Desert Green if you’d like to buy in bulk.

Tiny Faux Mushrooms

I took a trip over to the local craft store and purchased tiny faux mushrooms in an assortment of sizes. You can find these in the dollhouse miniature aisle.


I also picked up a bag of moss found in the same aisle as the sand, glass pebbles and foam for wreath-making.

Trimmed Moss

I trimmed down some of the moss until it fit inside the metal base.

Snipped Mushrooms

Then I selected and snipped the wire off of two mushrooms.  I left a tiny stem on each mushroom for adding the glue too.

Moss in base

After playing around with the mushroom placement, I spread a thin layer of glue on the base and pressed the moss down onto it.

Mushrooms in moss

After allowing the glue to dry, I added a dab of glue to the bottom of each mushroom and inserted them into the moss.

Finished Pendant

Once the mushrooms were dry, I put tiny drops of glue onto the inside of the base and covered the mushrooms with the glass globe.  The bail was glued on once the base was secure.

Adding a jump ring

I added a jump ring and some ball chain but you can easily do some beaded wirework if you prefer something fancier!

Finished Terrarium Pendant

If you’d like to go a step further and really customize your terrarium, make your plants from polymer, air-dry or ceramic clay!  

Happy Beading!

Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
  1. Reply

    I love the hat and your pendant!

  2. Reply

    Oh, cool! I wish I could go! I wish I had the money to cosplay something cool to make it worth going, lol! I did an Airship Kaylee from the Joss Whedon show, 'Firefly', for last summer's San Diego Comic Con. I didn't have a lot of money for the costume, but I saw the show costume designer and she thought it was good, so that was awesome!

    What glue did you use, before I forget, lol?

  3. Reply

    OK, that's what I figured. I use that too, but always on the lookout!

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