Lately I’ve been making these glass tile pendants!
What? You want to make one too?! Well, OK- here’s what you’ll need:
A few notes about the supplies, otherwise known as pro-tips:
1. Some people like the silver “spoon bails,” however, I prefer the brass round bales from Supply Pusher on Etsy. She’s also who I get my jump rings from because she makes the smallest ones I can find.
2. When you’re using E6000 glue, only use it in a well ventilated area- I’m pretty sure breathing it is toxic.
3. The craft glaze that I use is from Sun and Moon Craft Kits, and I also buy all my glass tiles from them. They have a ton of shapes to choose from.
4. The ear wires are optional because I thought someone might want to make two small glass tiles and make them into earrings.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get crackin’….
First, you need to poke around your house or your local thrift store to find old comics, children’s books or magazines. Any image will do, although you have to take some special precautions if you’re going to print out an image from an ink jet printer at home.
I lucked out and found this stack of old comics while visiting my mom in Rockmart, GA a while back. For this project, I’m going with Shanna the She-Devil because, why not?
Now you need to flip through your book/magazine/comic to find images you might like to turn into pendants. Hey! I found George W. Bush!
Seriously though, when you think you’ve found an image you want to turn into a necklace, just place the glass tile you will use over it to see how your image looks magnified. Pretty good? Awesome!
Now, cut out the image, making sure to cut it slightly larger than the tile itself.
Next, you’re gonna want to grab that paint brush and slather mod podge all over the front and back of your image, letting the ‘podge dry between coats.
You should let the mod podge dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step, about 20 minutes, so cool your jets, hold your horses, and have some tea or something. In this case, I had some lunch, but hey, it’s your life.
Now apply a SMALL amount of craft glaze to the glass tile.
Here’s what I mean by small amount. Spread it out evenly around the back of the glass tile with your finger. Don’t worry, this stuff is non-toxic.
When you’re satisfied with the coverage, flip the tile over and press firmly onto the image. At this point you can slide the tile around a bit to get it centered in the right place.
Press again firmly and make sure you see all the air bubbles flee from the middle of the tile to the outside. You essentially want to leave no space for bubbles between the tile and the image.
Yet again, you have to let the piece dry before moving on. This time, leave it alone for about an hour. Go for a walk, pet your cat or waste time on Pinterest.
Once the glaze is dry, you can cut out around the tile. Hold the tile facing forward and cut around it as close as possible.
Don’t do this from the back, or you’ll cut too much image away, and you’re tile will be all naked.
Now that you have a nicely trimmed glass tile, let’s turn it into something!
Place a tiny daub of E6000, or other glue, onto the top center of the tile.
Press the bail down onto the glue hard.
I’m so sorry to tell you, but this step requires more drying time. E6000 really needs about 24 hours to set up enough to withstand the jiggling involved in finishing out this project.
When you’ve patiently waited 24 more hours, you can open your jump ring and use it to connect your new *ting!* glass tile pendant to your favorite necklace chain.
Congratulations! You are now the coolest kid on the block!