Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How to make Glass Pendants

What shall I blog about?
hmmm...maybe I'll blog about my glass pendants! So, this past month, I decided to try and make glass pendants. I love the magnifying effect the glass has on paper. I always purchase already made pendants...and I thought..you know I should try making my own! So, the first time I did tried, I messed up pretty bad. At the end of the day, all my pendants had bled through, so all my pendants were ruined. I redid ALL 20 of them and I learned my lesson. I finally got it down and I would like to share the CORRECT and PERFECT method of making glass pendants...ready? lets get ready to rumble!!!!!

This is what I used: (from left to right)
1. one inch square paper cutter
  • used to cut perfect 1 inch squares
  • purchased from an etsy (online handcrafted shopping site) supplier
2. Mod Podge
  • used as glue, sealant, and a finish in all..its amazing!
  • purchased at michaels
3. Diamond Glaze
  • used as a glossy layer and glue, (you still need mod podge, I thought diamond glaze was enough, but that's why the paper's bled through because this is not a sealant)
  • pruchased from an etsy supplier
4. E-6000 glue
  • high performance industrial adhesive
  • purchased from an etsy supplier
5. Brush
  • used to apply mod podge
  • purchased at michaels
6. Scissors
  • used to cut away the left over paper from the glass
7. Silver plated bails
  • used to link the glass pendant to a necklace chain
  • purchased from an etsy supplier
8. one inch glass
  • used to complete a pendant
  • purchased from an etsy supplier
9. Paper, I used Chiyogi Japanese paper and cardstocks I bought at Michaels
  • used to complete a pendant
  • purchased from anywhere! you can even design your own and print it out!
10. thicker cardboard paper or photo paper
  • used to seal the bag of your artwork to the glass
  • purchased anywhere

I used my one inch square paper cutter to cut out what I wanted. Its great that you can see where you are cutting.

I used mod podge to seal the paper, so the paper does not bleed. This is a must..as I have learned the hard way. So, brush on a thin layer to the front of the paper and let it sit there for 20 minutes. Flip it over, and apply another thin layer to the back side of the paper and let it sit there for 20 minutes. I did all 20 square papers at once to save some time.

Next, use Diamond glaze. I squirted a semi thick coat to the middle of the paper.

Apply some pressure to the glass to get rid of air bubbles. Make sure all four corners are well stuck down. You will get some diamond glaze oozing out, but thats ok. You can wipe off the excess glue with a damp cloth before it dries. If you do it after it dries, you can peel it off. Allow time for it to seal. I waited about 30 minutes.

I used my 1inch square cutter to cutout a thick cardstock to be placed behind the japanese chiyogi paper. I glued it the thick cardstock and chiyogi paper with diamond glaze.

Cut any excess paper that sticks out of the glass. To avoid a messy unfinished back, use an Xacto knife to trim it down a little more than just cutting the excess off from the paper. I would trim 1mm all around the square.

To finish off the pendant, use E-6000 and glue the bail onto the pendant. I left these on over night to insure proper bonding.


Here are some finished pendants!
You can also view some of my glass pendants here: www.doyoulovelucy.com


  1. Thanks for the tips. It is interesting to find out how to make a glass pendant. I need to figure out where to buy these supplies :)

    from jane of www.handmade-jewelry-club.com

  2. Thats awesome! I can't wait to try this. Thanks :)

  3. I love the information, it's a beautiful thing I need to try it, happy to meet on etsy chat, it's very nice place to learn and meet people, and also thank you for following my blog.

  4. Welcome to the blogsphere and congrats! :> What a GREAT tutorial!!! Talk about an action packed first post....good for you! Those glass pendants are really fab and I just love that red one on the lower left corner!

  5. How cool! I love your step-by-step photos -- very well done. A great start for your blog, I must say!

  6. Heyy thanks for following my blog!

    I LOVE those pendants, they are beautiful. And truly, you couldn't have been more descriptive! Awesome!

  7. Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog. Looks like a good tutorial here. Will be back for more.

  8. Love the tutorial! I'm getting ready to do something similar myself. Very descriptive. I would definitely be able to follow these directions! =0)

  9. What a great tutorial! I relly want to try this sometime, I already have everything but the glass square and the square cutter.

  10. wow- great tutorial! Thank youfor sharing :)

  11. Oh my goodness!!! Thank you for these instructions...I've always wanted to make these. I've already got the bails and E6000 just need the glass tiles. THANKS A TON!!!! WOOO HOOOO!
    ~Derinda @ ELB

  12. omg i love these types of things!!! i want to try it one day, and congrats on what ur doing :]

  13. Thanks for the tutorial! I am going to have to try it out!


  14. WOW! I love those! Thanks for posting how to make them, I'll have to give it a try. What a great gift idea!

  15. That was I'm looking for!! Great!
    Thanks a lot.

  16. Does anyone know anyway we could do this and add our own text on regular paper or maybe vellum? Can you print it on a printer then seal it?

  17. Lovely idea, i am going to try it and will gift it to my friends, i hope all my friends will like it, thanks for the beautiful idea.

  18. I have all of these items available in my shop....www.studio66.etsy.com. They are fun! Also check out this link: http://www.etsy.com/listing/47995295/10-studio66-i-luv-u-faceted-crystals

  19. Thanks for sharing the great information on how to prepare Pendants.

  20. Thanks for your tips!!! It is interesting to find out how to make glass pendant. They are beautiful.

  21. That has been a great guide, many thanks, now to make glass pendants is quick with your recommendations. Thank you

  22. Thank You so much! I kept having problems with my images bleeding through also and was wondering what I was doing wrong. This has been a huge help and I appreciate you taking the time to post this! :-)

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