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Friday, December 30, 2011

Glass Pendants

So, I'm getting married in 2013. I'm super excited and most of the decorations will be DIY. The first project I decided to do was a glass pendant to hang off my bouquet.

Unfortunately, I do not have any living grandparents. I've heard of some brides leaving open chairs with a rose on it, to symbolize the presence of the departed. I wanted to include my grandparents in a less obvious way, through photos.

I got most of the things to make these pendants at a crop. It was a make and take and I just *knew* I had to buy the kit. The company I bought them from was Craft Fantastic.

Here is what you will need:
Glass tiles
A photo (I printed mine with an ink jet printer)
E6000 Multi Purpose Adhesive
Dimensional Lacquer (I used Glossy Accents)
Xacto Knife
Small paintbrush
Any style paper for the back of your pendant.
Pendant bail

I made 3 of these. (I'm also giving one to my sister for her bouquet for when she gets married in May, and I'm giving one to my mom.)
I printed the picture with an ink jet printer, resized in Paint (but you can use whatever program you desire.) Make sure the image you want will fit within your glass tile.

Get your photo and background paper in front of you. Take some lacquer and cover the back of your photo with it. Stick your photo to the plain side of your background paper. (Clearly, mine wasn't straight. In this instance, it didn't matter.)

Take your cleaned glass pendant (these are simply cleaned with hot water and soap) and squeeze tiny puddles in each corner and the center.

Lightly place the glass piece, lacquer side down onto your photo, press down. Take your brush and brush away the "oozed" lacquer along the edges.
Allow to dry.

This is where I took my xacto knife to trim the edges. Scissors would work here as well. Trim the photo as close to the glass as you can. Brush another thin layer of lacquer across the back of the pendant and set to dry.

Apply a tiny amount of multi purpose adhesive (I used E6000) to the backside of the bail. (I do not have photos of this step, sorry.)
Also, apply a tiny amount of adhesive to the spot of the pendant where the bail meets it. Center and press the bail to the back of the pendant and let dry.

Here is where you can make these into anything you'd like.
A necklace?
Something to hang from your rearview mirror?
I'm going to get ribbon so they can be attached to my bouquet :)
I'm trying to get a picture of my other set of grandparents and do the same with that one.

I'd love to see your creations if you decide to give this a shot!

Stay Sassy!!

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