Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Whip It Up Wednesday: Glass Tile Pendants

As you hopefully already know, one of the things you can win in our 100 Followers Giveaway is a pretty glass tile pendant! So, go and enter the giveaway, and then I'll show you how I make them!

What you need:

* Bottle of glaze
I used Sun And Moon's glaze which worked awesomely.
You could also use Diamond Glaze or something else similar.
* Scrapbook paper (other papers and fabric also work fine)
* Super glue
* Glass pendant shape (1 per pendant)
* Bails or charms (1 per pendant)
* Pin
* Toothpick


What to do:

Cut out a piece of your scrapbook paper to the same size as your glass (slightly larger is OK too).

Make sure the back of your piece of glass is clean.

Apply a dob of glaze to the centre of the back of your glass.


Working quite quickly, spread your glaze out on the back of the pendant using a toothpick. 

Use your pin to pop any bubbles if they appear.


Press your glass piece onto your paper. Press it down from the middle, working out towards the edges. This helps avoid bubbles. Getting this step right, i.e. bubble free!, can take a bit of practice.


If you get a big bubble, before the glaze dries you can pull the paper off and wash your glass piece under a running tap. Clean it off thoroughly and you can try again!

Let the glaze dry (I'm a bit OCD so I usually leave stuff overnight) and then use some sharp scissors to trim any excess paper carefully from the edges.


Now, most instructions I've read say to glue the bail on now. I disagree, I think one layer of glaze (or a layer of microglaze) is probably a good idea to protect the paper. It's up to you.

Pop a little dob of super glue onto your bail or charm of choice and press it onto the back of your pendant. This will dry quickly, so place it carefully!


I used a range of different things for these pendants.


When the bail or charm is secure, you can start glazing the back. Use the glaze bottle's nozzle to work around the outside of the back of the pendant. 


When you've got glaze all around the edges, work towards the middle. Pop any bubbles that you see with a pin. The glaze will look cloudy until it dries, like this:


Let this dry. Again, I usually wait overnight. You can repeat this step as many times as you like, building up height on the back of the pendant.


All done! Pop them on a necklace cord and you have a gorgeous piece of unique jewellery! If you used charms on the back of your pendants, you might want to attach a jump ring to the charm and slip the necklace cord through that :)

Here's the four pendants I made. 

Fronts:

Backs:

This is the one you can WIN!


What do you think of the name, Whip It Up Wednesday? 
Let me know if you have a better "Wednesday" name idea!


20 comments:

SewHappyGeek said...

Sweet tute, thanks! And I like whip it up too!

Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

Soo cute. Thanks for the tutorial!

Courtney and Heather said...

Thanks for stopping by! I have been wanting to make one of these. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

~Courtney~

love2sisters.blogspot.com

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness these are so adorable!! Thanks so much for this great tutorial.I really like your blog!

Jennifer said...

Well I didn't realize how easy those would be!! Great! I like "Whip it up" it's fun!!

southernscraps said...

Those are so pretty and this is a great tutorial!

Fabulously Flawed said...

I am head over heels in love with this project! Great job, babe!

Anna said...

These are beautiful! You did a great job! :)

Steph said...

So pretty...I love the bails!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Really clever! I like the LOVE!
gail

M said...

I love those! Very pretty.
Thanks for stopping by my blog as well:)
~Michelle

I do like Whip it up Wednesday!
Wickedly Wonderful:)

Jill said...

Those pendants look great! wonderful tutorial too!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Janlynn said...

What a great tutorial. I have always wanted to make a pendant but didn't know how. Thanks.

Jenn said...

I've never seen them as reversible with the charms on the back, great idea!

Its Sew For You said...

Love it! These are gorgeous!

I'd love it if you'd check out my Party on Tuesdays: http://itssewforyou.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-sew-fun-tuesday-6.html

Robin@thesweetestpear said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can't wait to try this idea! I am always up for an interesting necklace. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm also your newest follower.

Marianne said...

So pretty. I have never tried the glaze, but really want to. I just can't find it in stores so I guess I will have to try find it online.

@pril said...

This is a great project, different than most pendants. I saw you on Sew Darn Crafty by Sew Many Ways.

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Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Beautiful pendants!! Happy to see your creative idea linked up last week at my K.I.S.S. blog bash. Looking forward to seeing what great project you share this week, remember the link is open until tonight @ midnight {CST}.

Drop by The Tattered Tag

Melissa said...

Beautiful and easy! Love it! I gave you an award. Here is my post for it: http://www.meldreamsoften.com/2011/05/one-lovely-blog-award.html

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