Art Pendant Tutorial

By on January 23, 2012

 Art Pendant Tutorial

 

 

What you’ll need:

 Art Pendant Tutorial

mini magnifying glass (mine is around 1 1/2″ in diameter) purchased from eBay

artwork (purchased or a photocopy)  I highly recommend using a photocopy and not a treasured photo

contact paper or sealant (optional.  You’ll see why you might want some when you see my finished product.  Ooops!)

Diamond Glaze by Judikins (I purchased mine off of Etsy)

E-6000 adhesive (The adhesive of champions!  Seriously.  It’s that good.)

Aanraku bail large enough to hold your glass (I purchased mine off of Etsy)

X-acto knife (very careful using these, they are sharp!) or round scrapbooking punch if you are lucky enough to own one

Self-healing mat to cut on, or another surface to cut out your art on

pencil

Instructions:

1.  Choose your artwork that you would like to use.  Place your glass on top of it to gauge if it will look good/fit onto your glass.  Trust me, you don’t want to do this step when you’ve got Diamond Glaze on your artwork!

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2.  Chosen a spot?  Great!  Now seal your artwork either with clear contact paper or a nice sealant.  If you have vibrant color in your artwork (like mine) and use too much Diamond Glaze (like I did) without sealing, you will notice the ink start to run on your piece.  If using sealant, let it dry.  If you have a scrapbooking circle punch, this would be the time to cut out your circle.

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3.  If you aren’t privileged enough to have a circle punch, don’t feel bad.  Mine’s too small so I’m in the same boat with you.  Cut your image out so that it is smaller, but it doesn’t have to be perfect yet.  We’ll trim it with the X-acto later.

 

4.  Spread a THIN layer of Diamond Glaze on your artwork, where your glass is going to go.

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5.  Locate where you want to place your glass, and GENTLY place the glass where you would like it, flat side down!  GENTLY press on the glass to remove any air bubbles, but do not shift your glass too much.  I had the perfect trifecta:  Too much Diamond Glaze, unsealed piece, and I smeared the glass as I placed it.  My image is smudged a bit, but not so badly that I can’t live with it.

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6.  Let dry for at least 15 minutes!  Seriously!!  Patience isn’t a virtue I was Blessed with either, but you’re going to have to trust me on this one.  You don’t want to muck up your piece after all this work!  As the Diamond Glaze dries, you can take a toothpick and gently scrape any excess away from the outside of the glass.  Be careful not to scrape underneath the glass!  Go along the very outside edge.

7. X-acto Users:   All dry?  Now you can take your X-acto knife and trim the excess paper away from your pendant.  You want to follow the outside of the glass, and don’t dig in underneath or you WILL have clear spots that aren’t so attractive!

Before trimming…… Art Pendant Tutorial

 

After trimming!

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8.  See?  Looking good!!  Now what you need to do is place a small amount of Diamond Glaze on the back of your pendant to seal it.  This will make it water resistant, but NOT waterproof!!  I also like to go around the side of the pendant with a very thin layer.  My spreading weapon of choice?  An ordinary toothpick!  (A toothpick in my house has yet to pick any crud from anyone’s teeth!!! I mean, that’s what they make dental floss for, right?  Toothpicksshould just be called craftpicks in my house.  I think I will start now.)   Let your Diamond Glaze dry while you ponder this point, for about 15 minutes or so!   Art Pendant Tutorial

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<—-adding Diamond Glaze

 

Spreading w/ toothpickcraftpick——->

 

 

9.  When your Diamond Glaze is dry, grab your Aanraku bail and figure out where you would like it glued.  It is even helpful to mark a little spot with a pencil or something.  (the bail will cover it up anyway, so nooone will see it)  Hold the bail by the loop.  The inside of the bail has recessed grooves.  The outside of the bail is smooth.  You want to apply your E-6000 to the inside of the bail!!!

 

10.  Apply a small amount of E-6000 with a toothpick  craftpick onto the inside of the bail, and place bail on marked spot on pendant.

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11.  Allow to dry overnight before attempting to wear.  Once dry, place pendant on your favorite sturdy chain.  I’ve got a Sterling Silver chain from Italy that is just begging for this pendant!

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12.  Prepare to be envied!  You are about to be rocking some seriously sweet artwork on your neck!

 Art Pendant Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!