Thursday, November 4, 2010

How do you DO that??

I know you've been on pins and needles waiting for me to post the tutorial for the glass charms.

Well folks, the wait is over!

So let's go.

First: gather your supplies:

That's right - 4 adhesives! Here's the supply list:
ModPodge (acid free)
Glossy Accents (or Diamond Glaze)
Acid Free Liquid Adhesive (I like Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue)
Ball Chain
Ball Chain Connectors (packet on left)
Glue-on Bails (packet on right)
Glass Tiles
Craft knife

Choose either photos, or patterned paper you love. For this example, I'm using photos as the focal point of the pendants. My printer has settings that allow me to print in wallet size or smaller, which work well for these pendants.

Ready? here we go!
1. Trim your photo:
for the DFW Pug Rescue charms I did, the picture took up almost the entire charm. therefore, very little trim was needed:

I needed a little more trimming with the charms for SNPR:

Steps 1 & 2

for the rest of this post, I'll focus on the SNPR charms.
2. Add a layer of ModPodge over the photos (to seal the ink, and keep it from running). Now, this is very important. LET IT DRY.

That's right, walk away. Let it dry.

3. Choose a pattern paper to act as the background for your photo/charm. In this case, I chose a black & white pattern to pop the color on our pampered SNPR pug (left side of photo below). Adhere the photo to the background paper, being sure to leave plenty of border for the tiles to fit in. I use the Tombow Mono to adhere this step (quick drying).

Steps 3 & 4
4. Adhere the glass tiles to the photo/background paper using Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze (right and bottom row). do your best to get an even coat over the entire tile.

And then walk away again. Let them dry!!

5. Take a craft knife or very sharp pair of scissors and split the tiles. Then trim away any excess paper. Your charms should now look like this:

Now, if you really wanted to, you could skip the next step and cruise on down to Step #8 where you add the bails. But I'm a stickler for details, and I couldn't have a blank backing.

6. Using either ModPodge or the Tombow Mono, adhere another patterned paper to the backside of the charms. I used two different scraps for the charms below:

Once again, let them dry. Walk away...

7. Add a thin layer of Glossy Accents to the paper backing to seal them in. This is also a good place to reseal any spots where the Glossy Accents didn't adhere to the glass tile.

ok - you know the drill. Walk away...let them dry.

8. Whew, finally! Time to add the bails. Break out the E6000 (you may want to make sure you have decent ventilation - this stuff is seriously stinky!), and adhere the bails to the back of the charms.

Uh huh, you guessed it. Give them some drying time.

Are you humming the jeopardy theme song yet?

Well, that's it! You now have charms! Errr, pendants. I can't vouch for your charms, or lack of...wouldn't dare. Nope, nuh unh. Not me.


The glass tiles are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. The ones above were 1.75" squares.

I've also done some earrings (using a handmade asian paper): 

Gorgeous, huh?? And super easy!!!!

Ok, so I also promised to spill my secret dealer supplier. Or not so secret. Before I do, I want to say that I am sharing this seller with you b/c I've had great dealings with her, and have been very happy with the quality of her products. I'm not famous talented important anything enough to receive any sort of endorsements, yadda yadda yadda. I did shop around (the internet), and liked her prices best.

The adhesives can all be found at your local Joann's, Michaels, Hobby Lobby or other craft store.

I like to get my glass tiles, ball chain, fasteners and bails from Kristens Krafts, an Etsy seller.

I shared this technique with my crafty and creative friend Kim (who has two fledgling Etsy shops - check them out - Jewelry and Charms and Sugar Skulls and Goth Fun).

She came up with this uber cool Dorothy pendant:

And the back is red glitter!!! Doncha just LOVE it?

(If you're quick, she just put it into her Jewelry & Charms Etsy shop: Deconstructed Dorothy)

What are you inspired to create? Do you have a photo that you'd like to see as a pendant?

Tell me about it (via comment here on my blog), and I'll choose a random winner to create a custom pendant for you. Contest closes 3pm CT on Monday, Nov 8th. One entry per person...US only please.

For an extra chance to win, follow me via Google Reader, or any other RSS feed. Just leave a 2nd comment letting me know how you follow my blog.

It's a new day!


  1. Super cute, Allie!! It 'seems' easy, but is it really? How do you apply all the gluey stuff? Just pour it on? Or use a brush some sort? I'm so NOT crafty, but I want to be! I would love to have a pendant using a football photo of Alex. Or maybe basketball, since we're moving on to that season now.

  2. Holy wow, girl, that is a lot of adhesive! But the pendants looks fabulous! I would totally make one of my little man. :)

  3. I totally love these! They looks really clean and brilliant! AND, there's a new adhesive for me to explore.

  4. Ooooh, thanks Allie, for posting my pendant! It was so fun to learn a new craft and I have you to thank for it. Or to blame for it, depending on your point of view LOL
    Keep crafting!

  5. LOVE!! I want one with my Gene-Gene!! And I would also love to know exactly how you apply the adhesive. I have trouble with my paper getting wrinkly with modge podge sometimes.

    And I follow you via bloglines (they haven't gone away yet even though they said they were, hoooray!)

  6. Thank you for posting directions! I may have to try and make some for SEPRA. They are so cool!

  7. What a cool project! I want one... I'm just not sure of what yet.

  8. Those are super cool! You go girl!

  9. I love it!!! Makes me think even I could do that! :)

  10. I love this project! These would make great birthday or even Christmas gifts.
    I'm a boxer lover so I'd try a pic of my 2 favorite boxers - Tucker and my beloved Patches.

    I'm gonna follow you via Google Reader.

  11. Yay! I figured it out. LOL These are so cute Allie! I would love to be able to make ones with my Cokie and Lucy on them but I am so not crafty. LOL Great job girl!

  12. Oooh, these are awesome! I have photos of my granddaughter and my daughters pug puppy that would be SO adorable on some of these!!

    Thanks for the chance!


  13. I'm following by Google also!

    (these would be amazing christmas gifts! ♥)

  14. LUV these! I am completely inspired to make a Stevie charm (or one of my newly aquired furkids). I even think I have 3 of the 4 glues :)

  15. Oh, and I sort of haven't figured out how to "follow" blogs yet. I do it the boring/favorites/bookmark way - but finally have gotten a google account (baby steps!)