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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Let's Make a Pendant Gift


Hello everyone!

Are you here for a tutorial of the pendant featured on the Catch The Bug blog, for the 12 days of Christmas Giving?! I hope so, because I have this fun, easy tutorial for you.

It makes a great gift or stocking stuffer, so grab your supplies, and let's make a pendant!

I have been asked where I got the clear blocks for making the pendants.  I usually purchase them from one of these two places:

The Glass Connection
Craft Fantastic

First, let's assemble our supplies.

Supplies you will need:

Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents
A cord or chain on which to wear your pendant
E-6000 glue
Clear block to make pendant
Bail to use for hanging your pendant
Scissors
Modge Podge
Foam Brush, to apply the modge podge
Photo or Digi Image of your choice (I used Nursing nut by Bugaboo Stamps)


Here, you can see most of the supplies needed, except the scissors, modge podge and foam brush:



Instructions:

First, You will need to make sure you color your digi image, if you are using one. I used Promarkers to color mine.  You may also use a photo for your pendant, instead of an image.  

Once the image is colored, apply  dots of Diamond Glaze (or Glassy Accents) to the back of your block.  be careful not to use too much or it will bubble up on top of of your image and your pendant will not look as clear and crisp once dry.

After you apply the Diamond Glaze (or Glossy Accents) to the back of your block, press it firmly down onto your photo or image, being careful to center the image inside the frame of your block.  Press down and smooth out any bubbles, then let dry.




Once the image is dry and attached to your block, take a pair of scissors and cut around the block, so that you remove all the excess paper.  You could use an exacto knife, if you prefer, but trust me, scissors work just as well and are much easier to handle!




Now, use your foam brush, or a small paint brush, and apply a coating of Modge Podge to the back of the pendant.  Allow to try, then apply a second coat, and apply to dry.  The reason for this coating is to prevent discoloration of the back of your pendant, from the oils in your skin.  You could certainly skip this step, however, if you do, the back of the pendant will yellow from having contact with your skin.




After both coatings of Modge Podge are dry, use a tiny dab of E-6000 glue on the back of your bail




Place the flat side of the bail, agaisnt the back of your pendant, let dry.




Now, place your pendant on your cord or chain, and.....

TAAAAA DAAA!!!!! You have this adorable pendant!




Easy peasy, wasn't it?!

Make some for gifts or stocking stuffers for lots of those special people on your Christmas list, this year!  Grandma's love these, with pics of thier grandchildren, or mothers, with pics of thier kids.  Get creative and see what other ideas you can come up with!

Remember to check out Catch The Bug every day for new gift ideas, for the Bugaboo Stamps 12 Days of Gift Gving, with the Bugaboo Stamps design team!  There are so many wonderfully creative ideas!




5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great tutorial. I love this cute little stocking stuffer.
    Nancy P

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  2. Great job Sammi! Love your pendant!

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  3. This is gorgeous Sammi,can you tell us where you got the clear block from? I would love to make some of these as gifts, I'll pop back in a couple of days Karen

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    1. Hi! I'm so glad you liked the tutorial. I have edited the post, to add two links where you can purchase the blocks to make the pendants. Hope that helps! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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