Hi there! I’m Jessica from JewelryTutorialHQ.com, and I’m thrilled to be able to share this fun cute & colorful glass pendant tutorial with you today on Art Of Crafts!
TOOLS & SUPPLIES:
• clear glass vase filler beads* (the kind with the flat back)
• rubbing alcohol
• paper towels
• scrapbook paper
• ModPodge Dimensional Magic
• several toothpicks
• glue-on bails – DIY or BUY
• E6000 adhesive
• acetone (nail polish remover) & cotton buds for cleanup
I like to use these glass vase gems because I love that they are all different shapes and sizes. Oh, and they’re super cheap!! They do occasionally have air bubbles in them. You can use this exact same technique using pre-made clear glass cabochons in various shapes and sizes if you prefer.
Begin by cleaning the back of the cabochon – the flat part- with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of any grease and dirt that will prevent the glue from sticking. Try not to touch the surface after you’ve cleaned it!
Place the glass over the part of the pattern on your scrapbook paper that you’d like to use, and trace around it with the pencil. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but try to angle the pencil as necessary to trace around the base of the cabochon as much as possible, not just the sides which will be wider because of the tapered edges.
Then cut out the shape you drew on the paper, using your scissors.
Squeeze out a very small amount of the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic onto the back of the glass gem in the middle – it doesn’t take much at all, you just need to cover the surface in a thin layer. DO NOT SHAKE the bottle – you’ll get way too many air bubbles! Spread the liquid out using a toothpick, as evenly as possible all the way to the edges. You will also want to use the toothpick to pop any little air bubbles that may appear.
Flip the cabochon over and place it on top of your piece of paper, which is pattern side up. Turn it over and adjust the position of the paper if needed. Use a toothpick like a mini rolling pin to press the paper down evenly and squeeze out any excess glue. Wipe away the extra glue that does squeeze out around the edges using a paper towel.
Leave the cabochon to dry for 20 minutes. Wash the sticky glue off your hands in the meantime!
Next, dab a small bit of E6000 onto the gripping surface of your bail. I’m using a bail that I made (-here’s my DIY Glue-On Bail Tutorial video) but there are tons of great options available for purchase. Use a toothpick to spread it out evenly before applying it to the back of your cabochon. Be sure to check the position before pressing it firmly in place. Hold pressure against the bail for about 20-30 seconds to get a good bond with the back of the cabochon. Use a toothpick to remove any excess glue from around the bail.
Leave the adhesive to cure for about 20 minutes. Wash your hands again – that stuff is messy!
When the adhesive has dried, use some more Dimensional Magic to seal around the edges of the paper and the edges of the bail. Use the toothpick to spread it out over the entire surface of the paper. You can use a bit more liquid this time, and you’ll see that it will stay where you put it and dry 3-dimensionally, leaving a nice clear glaze over the back of your piece which makes it blend in nicely with the glass!
Leave the pendant facing down on a level surface for at least one hour. If you’d like to apply another coat of Dimensional Magic, do so in the same manner as before, but make sure you leave it another hour afterwards.
Now your finishing touch is to clean up all the glue residue on the glass so your pendants will shine! Using a cotton bud (Q-tip) dipped in acetone, carefully wipe around the edges of the cabochon near the paper. You can use either a paper towel with a bit of acetone or the cotton bud to clean up the top/front of the pendant.
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