"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

June 08, 2011

Easy Picture Pendant Tutorial

I almost had a heart attack today when I opened my computer armoire to write this post.
It was ALL CLEAN!.  No stickies anywhere, no notes, no cd's all over the place, no memory cards, no lists of things to do, no project samples for future blog posts.......NOTHING! as I gasped and stared in bewilderment at my empty space, I faintly heard a little voice behind me saying, "mommy, mommy, I cleaned your desk for you, aren't you happy?"  the words sounded to me  like this, "mommy, mommy, blah blah blah TRASH blah blah blah TRASH blah blah".  Such scary words coming out of a little angel's lips.  He cleaned out my desk alright, my little trooper, by throwing everything away......yesterday.......on trash day.....sigh.  I was going to run out to the landfill, but then I remembered......... I'm not a crazy person.  All this happened while I was out.  How did my husband not notice, is beyond me (between you and I, I think he was napping on the sofa while all this was going on).
Gotta love those special moments.  Once I came out of my coma, I hugged the little one and said thank you! and tomorrow......I'm buying a lock and key! LOL.

I have this cute little pendant tutorial today that I made.  This is a perfect gift and it's so easy to make, you won't believe your eyes.
Here's what the finished pendant looks like:
Isn't that cute?
 Here's what you need: Scrapbook paper, silver plated bail, one inch glass pendant, light grit sandpaper
you can find the bail here and the glass pendant here
scissors, Glossy Accents (arts and craft store),
E6000 Glue (Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart)
First, cut the paper to size one inch by one inch.  Apply Glossy Accents to the flat side of your glass and spread with finger.  Place your scrapbook paper face down on top of the Glossy Accents and burnish (press) the paper with your finger so that it lays flat on top, this way you won't get air bubbles.Let this completely dry for a couple of hours.
Once  it's dry, take your sandpaper and carefully rub your four sides on the sandpaper:
Once that's done, you'll have clean edges.  
You can color the back of the pendant with a Sharpie or leave it as is.  The one on the right in picture below has been colored in with a black Sharpie:

  Once that dries, give it a couple of hours, squeeze some Glossy Accents on the back of your pendant.  This protects the back of the paper. 

The back will look like this once you squeeze Glossy Accents, it stays in place, it doesn't run:
Here's a side view of the back with the Glossy Accents:
Let it dry over night. 
Once it's dry, take your silver plated bail and add a little bit of E6000 glue to adhere to the back of your glass pendant:
You can also use pictures but you'll need to print them on a laser printer first.  Here's some more I made in just a few minutes time: On the one below, I used scrapbook paper and a rubber stamp:
This next one was from a post card with dozens of little Frida Kahlo pictures:
Scrapbook paper, copies of photographs minimized to one inch by one inch, your own art work, rubber stamped images....the possibilities are endless!
Stay tuned for a special giveaway coming this Friday June 10th!


  1. what a cute pendant! how sweet for your young one to help "clean up" for you! I like your attitude, move on with it and get the lock and key :)

    looking forward to your giveaway!


  2. awww! they try to help so much don't they? I've heard the dreaded words:'lets clean your laptop with the hose' once before, lol
    good idea on the lock though:)
    the necklaces are amazing!!!!I can't decide which one is my favorite. great job!

  3. Oh the horror!! You are so great to have said thanks instead of breaking down into tears. Wich is what I would have done! This tutorial is great. I want to make some of these as soon as I can get to the store and get supplies!! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower.

  4. Bravo for being such a good mom! Love the pendant today. I make something similar with Tim's trinkets that have pre-drilled holes. I have a tutorial up on my blog today, too.

  5. Amazing and very cretive works, I lake it!
    Great tutorial!

    I wish you a pleasant Thursday and send a greeting and a kisses:)

  6. The pendant is so cute!! I wonder if I could actually make one... or if I'd mess it up?.. hmmm...
    The story of your little one helping clean up is priceless! You are so sweet to have handled it so gently. I loved this post!

  7. I admire your restraint! You didn't yell at your little guy. It's really sweet, though, that he thought he was doing such a nice thing. :)

    I really like that pendant! I'm in charge of making beads for a charm necklace for some of the girls in our congregation this year~I'm thinking something like this would be really cool!

  8. Visiting from the linky-party at "A Creative Princess". What a wonderful project! So simple, creative, and yielding professional-looking results.

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  9. What a fantastic tutorial! Thanks. I love what you selected for your pendants.

  10. You know you got to laugh it off, tomorrow is another day, and life's too short, not to be happy all the time...It will be O.K.!!

    Great giveaway!...you can count me in1
    I'm having my first giveaway next week!yippee! I'm excited.

  11. It is a gorgeous pendant - you do such awesome work.

    And I love the patience you had with your little one - you are an angel.

  12. Thank you so much for linking up, Maria! The pendant is just beautiful! I didn't know about Glossy Accents, I need to try it! I'll be featuring this tomorrow!

  13. This is so pretty Maria and very clever of you for thinking of it. Have a great weekend.

  14. I've never had a desire to do more than admire these kinds of this, but this one I've got to try! Thanks.

  15. oh my! i have to try this! thanks so much for this tutorial. i'm off to find some glass pendants! xo

  16. Wow, these are gorgeous! Love how you created these.

  17. You are really creative. You make it look like it s very easy. No doubt you are an artist.

    Muchos saludos!


  18. Love these! Thanks for this great tutorial-Iv'e got to try this!

  19. Thank you for sharing! I sell digital collage sheets for scrapbooking and jewelry making www.karisagraphic.etsy.com but I never know how to make them.



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