Wednesday, July 27, 2011

How to make an Image Pendant

I have gotten a few requests asking "What are some things I can make using your collage sheets?"
With this I have deiced to create my very first tutorial.  This is such a simple pendant tutorial and any one can do it!

Lets get started!

What you need:
*For you "Go-Get-'Em" Crafters, please read the FULL tutorial before making your buying list*
  • Sissiors
  • Bezels (Some kind of setting for your image, I am using Beadlanding's Pendant Set)
  • Glaze (I will be using 2 kinds, Aleene's Paper Glaze & Inkssentials Glossy Accents, you will understand why I am using 2 by the end of the tutorial)
  • Collage Sheet (I am using Vintage Eiffel Tower for 1x2 & Alphonse Mucha for 1x2
Since the images on the collage sheet are larger than the setting you need to cut them down.  Since my son decided to use my last measuring strip for a lasso, I can't measure.  I found it easy to get a small peice of paper and fit it into the setting & making a template to go by.

Cut out the image you want to use for your setting from the collage sheet.  With your paper template you just made use it as a cutting guide.

Place your image into the setting.  Make sure it lays flush into the setting.

Now use the glaze to top your image.  I find it best to apply the glaze from the outer edge and work your way toward the middle.  For the image above I am using Aleene's Paper Glaze.

I wanted to try two glazes to see what one works best & to see what one has a better "Glass" like finish.  So I did the same steps listed above for the 2nd pendant.  For the 2nd pendant I used Inkssentials Glossy Accents.

 All finished.  Both pendants have been glazed and now you just need to wait.  I placed both of my pendants in my pantry so my boys or cats would not find them.  Oh! would that be a mess!  I left them set for about 9 to 12 hours.

OH MY!  Only the 2nd pendant dried clear?!?!  I was very shocked to find this, but no need to worry....

Order yourself "One Craft Project Gone Wrong" on the rocks!
Since these glazes are not water proof, a long soak will do the trick.  You can put a little dish soap in the water as well if you wish.

Let it soak for about 5 hours or until the glaze gives way when you push on it.

Now time to remove the glaze.  I used a bone folder to break the glaze & to remove it, but you can use anything that can do this job as long as it will not break the Bezel.

Clean up the Bezel & you can start again.

I do hope that this tutorial was helpful for you!  I would love to hear your comments.

Thank you for reading & Stay Crafty!
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