Friday, February 21, 2014

How to Make a Necklace in a Day

I wanted to separate this post from the other useless crochet crap I make.  I made these necklaces recently and then gave them all away the next day.

To cut costs, I purchased a bundle kit from CandyTiles Craft Studio. The kit cost $8.00. It included enough supplies to make five necklaces.  I also bought large bails and extra heart-shaped glass pieces.  Bails are the little attachments that hold the pendant to the necklace. If you do not want to buy the kit, you will need to purchase the following:

  • Something for the necklace (cord, string, beaded string)
  • Square glass tiles (1 inch tiles are used in the photo)
  • Small or large bails
  • Diamond Glaze or similar (Diamond Glaze is a clear drying adhesive)
  • Mod Podge Gloss Lustre Finish 
  • At least one sheet of scrapbooking paper with a design
  • One sheet of black felt (optional)
  • Small paint brush 
  • Scissors 
  • X-Acto knife (optional)

NOTE: If using the X-Acto knife, please make sure you are using it on a cutting mat.  Also, I found it easier to work with the square tiles rather than the heart-shaped one.

Step 1: Make sure the tiles are clean.  Place the glass tile over the scrapbooking paper design you want as a necklace and cut it out using the scissors.

Step 2:  Place the glass tile over the felt and cut out a square. Clean the tiles again.  

Step 3:  Paint Mod Podge on glass square and then place the cut-out scrapbooking paper (face down) on glue surface. Align and smooth out with fingers and let dry. Trim excess paper with scissors or X-Acto knife.

Step 4: Glue the bail to the glass tile.  Use the Diamond Glaze and make a small strip. Place bail down on small strip of glue.  Hold for a few minutes. Let dry. Check here for Diamond Glaze drying speed.

Step 5: Use Diamond Glaze and cover the entire back including the bail with glue. Align and place black felt on top of glue surface. Press firm and smooth out with fingers especially near bail. Let dry. Trim excess felt with scissors.

Step 6: Attach your favorite chain and wear with pride.