3/14/11

tutorial: glass tile necklace

I am ready for spring! Considering it snowed here today, I think I need a little taste of spring to hold me over until the warm weather decides to set in for good.

So, I made an interchangeable spring/summer necklace. Themey without being too themey.


They really are easy to make, once you get the supplies.

Here is what I used to make these:

  • Patterned Paper (I used Graphic 45 and DCWV Mariposa)
  • Glass tiles (Amazon)
  • Glossy Accents (Michael's or Hobby Lobby)
  • Chain (Hobby Lobby)
  • Bails (Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors (not pictures)
  • Pencil (not pictured)
  • Matte Modge Podge (not pictured)
  • E-6000 (not pictured)
Start by selecting your paper, laying the tile over it, and tracing it.


(by the way, isn't that Graphic 45 paper to die for? Their paper is awesome)

Cut out your square and apply a pretty generous dot of the Glossy Accents.


Squish your tile down onto the Glossy Accents, and wiggle the tile around a bit until it is completely adhered with no air bubbles. You may have some ooze out the sides -- just wipe it away. This is what you will have:


Let them dry. Before you put the bails on the back, you will want to give the back of the paper a couple coats of Mod Podge. This just seals the paper and makes your necklace a little more durable.


Apply the bails using E-6000. It is a really strong glue so you won't have to worry about the bails falling off.

(Side note: Seriously, if you make jewelry or anything else in the world, buy a tube of this stuff. I use it all the time, but especially in jewelry making.)


Now be patient and let them dry.


All done! You know what I love about this kind of tutorial? If Graphic 45 paper and butterflies make you want to barf, you can use what you want. This is a great necklace to personalize for a gift...or make like 20 for yourself.

If you make your own, I would love to see... maybe I will even feature some of your work here on my blog!

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8 comments:

  1. THESE are gorgeous!!! I might have to give this a try myself!!

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  2. I love these! So creative! I'll have to check out Amazon for some glass tiles to make some! I would love for you to stop by and link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!

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  3. I made some of these last year & printed some designs - 1 inch size. *note to self* make your life easy, find some of that awesome paper! Thanks for introducing me to it! Your tiles look great!

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  4. Thanks for looking!

    I have also seen these made with printed pictures. But the paper works wonderfully! You don't have to worry about bleeding ink or anything. Plus the possibilities are endless.

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  5. Hey Allison! I've seen these around and wanted to make some with my daughters but didn't really know how! Thank you so much for the great tutorial! XOXO

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  6. Hello,

    I just loved all the gorgeous tile pendant necklaces that I had been seeing on this site and could not wait to try my hand at making one of my own. The process is super-simple and the results are awesome. These make fantastic teacher gifts or do what I did and make about 10 or so for yourself to coordinate with all your summer outfits. Thanks a lot..

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  7. Hi - these are so cute! I was just wondering if you could tell me what size glass tiles you used to fit the graphic 45 paper? We don't get the paper in Australia but am so excited to order some!I would appreciate any feedback you have :)
    Thanks - Alyce
    olavana@hotmail.com

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  8. Thank you for sharing! I sell digital collage sheets for scrapbooking and jewelry making www.karisagraphic.etsy.com but I never know how to make them.
    Katrin

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