Glass tile pendants are one of the hottest trends right now. There are hundreds of crafters who make and sell them, and the possibilities for designs are endless. They are lightweight, and small enough to not be a burden, yet large enough to be noticed. Below are step by step instructions to make your own.
To make glass tile pendants, you need the following items:
*Glass tiles. They come in squares, rectangles, and circles.
*Diamond Glaze-This is a special 3-dimensial glue that looks and feels like glass when used as a top coat.
*Ephemera or Pretty Papers- (scrapbooking, origami, etc.)
*Small Aanraku Bails -These are sterling silver plated bails that fit the tile well, and hold well.
*E6000 Glue- This is a very strong toxic glue, so be sure to use it in a very well ventilated area.
*Scissors, craft knife, toothpicks, a paintbrush, and wax paper
Step 1: Wash the glass tiles with glass cleaner. Make sure you wash them well, and then let them dry completely.
Step 2: Cut your paper or image to the size of your glass. This is easy to do by tracing around one of your tiles before washing on a piece of cardboard, then cutting the shape out, leaving a hole in the cardboard. You can slide the template around to find the perfect image. Trace around the template, and cut it out.
Step 3: Lay out some wax paper to work on once your tiles are dried, and use the applicator tip on the diamond glaze bottle to put a drop in the center of the glass (about the size of a pea). Next, pick up your image, and place it face down on top of the glue. To get the best turn out, make sure you glue your image to the flattest side. Flip the tile over, and push down so the glue spreads out and the image is adhered. Let it set to dry for a few hours.
Step 4: Once dry, apply a coat of Diamond Glaze to the back of the pendant. Be very generous with the glaze, and be sure to coat the sides of the pendant using the paint brush. Be careful not to get any of the glaze on the front of the tile. It’s a little tricky to clean up, but can be done. Wait for it to dry, and apply another coat. Let dry for 24 hours.
Step 5: After the glaze is completely dry, it’s time to attach the bail. You want to work in a well ventilated area, either outside or near lots of open windows. The E6000 is toxic and the fumes aren’t good for anyone. Use a toothpick to apply a small amount of E6000 to the bail, and place the bail on the pendant. Be careful that you place it at the top of the pendant, so it doesn’t hang upside down, and center it so it’s not lopsided. Set aside and let cure for at least 24 hours.
After the bail is cured, the pendant is finished. You can hang it on a chain, ball chain, cotton or silk cord or a ribbon necklace.
Use your craft knife to chip off any glaze that may have slid to the front of the tile or built up on the sides and isn’t pretty.
These pendants can be personalized in many ways. You can use family photos, photos of places you’ve been, or you can make your own graphics in your word program and type phrases, words, or letters/numbers that have meaning, etc. If you are printing your own images, and have an inkjet printer, the diamond glaze may make the ink run. I haven’t noticed much of it, but there’s a product called “Microglaze” (which I bought at www.etsy.com/shop/candytiles2) to brush on your images and let dry before you apply diamond glaze to them.
Glass tiles, bails, diamond glaze, ball chains, leather cords, and snake chains can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/candytiles2.
Vintage Images for pendants can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/piddix or www.etsy.com/shop/vintageimagemadness.
Ribbon necklaces and other necklaces and chains can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SunAndMoonCraftKits.
You can find many of these supplies in other shops on www.etsy.com as well. Just search for the item you’re looking for, and make sure you’re searching in the supplies category.