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Monday, January 2, 2012

tutorial {photo pendants}

So I thought I’d share this fun & easy project that I shared
over at
Cherished Bliss a few months ago.
I just never got around to posting it here! :)

 

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These personalized photo pendants are so easy & fun to make!
I first saw these over on
Sugar Bee Crafts & knew I had to make some!


I got everything I needed to make these from the esty shop, Candy Tiles.
You can buy bundle kits that includes all of your supplies to make these!

 
You'll need:
glass tiles
bails
Diamond Glaze
Super Glue
chains
 
 
You'll also need a black & white photo printed out on white cardstock.
I just used Microsoft Word to size my photos & print them out. 
Mine are .8 inch by .8 inch. 
 
 
Put a tiny drop (about a pea size amount) of the Diamond Glaze on your tile. 
Then use a small paint brush to spread it out a little. 
You don't want it oozy...so if you have too much just brush some off.
 
 
While the Diamond Glaze is still wet, set your picture face down on your tile.
Rub the back of your paper to get a really good seal.
Let it dry for 5-10 minutes.  Then squirt some Diamond Glaze on the back of the photo.
Spread it out with a brush to seal your paper.  Let it dry for several hours.
 
 
After they are dried, use super glue to attach the bail to the back.
Be careful on this part!  I seriously glued my fingers together! grrrr! :(
 
 
There you go!  All done!  So easy!
 
 
These would make a great gift!  Just sayin'! ;)
 
 
Hope you are having happy Monday!
 

97 comments:

  1. Really cute and well done, Ginger! I love these photo pendants whenever I see them on people. :) Happy new year!

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  2. Ginger, I've seen these around, but would have never realized they were so simple to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I love this! What an adorable idea, it would make a great gift! Thanks for sharing!

    I have a question, where did you find your bails? Maybe I missed them while I was looking for something similar at Michaels.

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  4. thanks for linking up to Make it MOnday! I've share your idea on the Brassy Apple FB and twitter pages :)

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  5. What a great idea, I would love it if you shared your pendants here:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2011/12/show-your-stuff-4.html

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  6. Excellent job on the tutorial. Thank you for sharing.
    A local preschool did something similar with the kids artwork. Was a huge seller with grandparents and family.

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  7. These are so Great! I'd love to make these! What a great project for girl scouts too!

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  8. So very cute Ginger! And you are totally right, they would make a great gift!

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  9. wow !! just strolling along and come across this post...been looking for something for mother in law ...she wanted family photos again for x mas and of course i didn't go that rout this year and then i saw these !!! would love to try this at home for her...would you mind saving a link on your blog to this post if possible..thanks i suppose i will be your newest follower..stop by my blog if you like... usually do crafts and projects just been a little busy with back to school and today i start my packing of christmas stuff..should be fun...~sabri~

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  10. Oh these are just too cute - what a lovely gift too!

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  11. These are ADORABLE Ginger.. I love 'em.. ; ))

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  12. Just found you! Thanks for showing me how to do this! This will make for some great birthday gifts this year!

    Sam

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  13. I want to make these with my girls! Thanks for sharing. Would love for to share these over at my party.

    http://threemangoseeds.blogspot.com/2012/01/do-it-ya-self-monday-link-up-par-tay.html

    Hope to see you there,
    Clydia
    threemangoseeds.blogspot.com

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  14. These are so creative! Would love it if you have time to drop by and share.

    http://herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2011/12/fabulous-friday-6.html

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  15. Such a fabulous idea and a one-of-a-kind gift!! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. what a great personalized gift! These are great. You are right...a great Valentines gift!

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  17. These are great pendants. Super gift ideas for everyone without being too expensive and being extremely special.

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  18. I make these from my custom beach writings. So easy to do and make a lovely gift!

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  19. Very cute! These would be nice on a charm bracelet too :)

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  20. Those are so sweet! Thanks for sharing - they have been added to my to-do list!
    I'm a mew follower!
    Best wishes to a wonderful 2012!
    Mary from sweetlittlebluebird.com

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  21. These are lovely! Thanks for sharing the website to get the materials!!

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  22. These are cute! DO you know where else I could get the glass tiles other than the etsy shop mentioned?

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  23. I SO want to make these! I have a whole bunch of pendants but have never tried the Diamond Glaze. Thanks for the tutorial, and thanks for linking up to Oopsey Daisy!

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  24. Very beautiful and they look like it is fairly simple and quick to do. Would make an elegant gift!

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  25. these are wonderful! Such a special project! great tute too!!!

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  26. I'm hosting a craft night project link party. I would love it if you would share your tutorial! http://theterpblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/craft-night-just-do-it-january.html

    Thanks!

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  27. This is so great! I can't wait to try this myself.

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  28. I have a questio: Is there a difference in Diamond Glaze and Mod Podge? These are so cute!

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  29. Mod Podge is more "gluey". It's thicker. The Diamond Glaze is a lot thinner & clear. I'm not sure if mod podge would work as well for this project. It wouldn't hurt to try it out though. :)

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    1. Mod lodge has their own version of 'diamond glaze' works just as well it's called Dimensional Magic (have used it and it's great)

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  30. So pretty!! I love them.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  31. This is so awesome and so easy to do!

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  32. Ginger,
    I'll be featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time... Thank you for sharing, I love them!

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  33. So cute! What a fabulous gift they would make. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. Pinning this!
    Jenn :)

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  34. Obviously others love it too - 25 repins in about 10 minutes!! Great job!

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  35. This is just so sweet and personal, you actually gave me a very brilliant idea, my parents will be celebrating their 25 wedding anniversary a few months from now and we are in charge of the giveaways, i think this is it, sweet and personal.

    Actually we are debating on whether we should just pick out on the list provided by the hotel then add a single birthstone jewelry since its cute but then i found this.

    Thanks a lot, im sure their gonna love this.

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  36. Thanks for this awesome tutorial, I love theses adorable photo pendants. I have to make some of my own very soon.
    Smiles, Paula

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  37. Who knew this was so easy?! Definitely pinning this for next Christmas...or maybe Mother's Day?

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  38. I featured these lovely photo pendants tonight! XO http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2012/01/wednesdays-wowzers-2-2.html

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  39. Here's a great site to find the glass tiles, etc., http://www.rings-things.com/.

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  40. Hey Ginger! This project is so cute, I want to make these! Thanks for the tutorial! And thanks for linking at my party... I just noticed you host one too, so I'll start linking! Anyway, you're being featured on my blog tonight!

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  41. Ohhhhh these are so so darn cute! And you made them look so simple to make! Thank you for sharing! :o) you are one talented gal!!!! i am so lucky to "know you" via blogging!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  42. Love this! What etsy person did you purchase the kit from?
    Thanks!

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  43. Very pretty and easy!! I'm posting this tutorial on my blog at www.synergyinme.blogspot.com

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  44. What a great project! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/make-your-own-photo-pendants/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  45. What size glass tiles did you use?

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  46. They are 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch. :)

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  47. WOW! This is a very creative idea. I would love for you to link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  48. LOVE these!!! Girl, you ROCK. These would make an awesome gift! Thank so much for linking up to my first party :)

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  49. Well, I've made about 8 of these. I couldn't find Diamond Glaze, so I had to buy Triple Thick. Every single one has the colors bleed like crazy. I have tried spraying them with hairspray and that helps, but when I apply the Triple Thick to the back it causes the colors on the photo to run like crazy. Are Triple Thick and Diamond Glaze that different, or do you have any other advice of what I'm doing wrong? My pictures look so clear when I print them off the printer, but by the time the tiles have dried, it just doesn't look right.

    Thanks for your input!

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  50. Hi~

    I couldn't find your email so hopefully you see this! :) I'm not sure what Triple Thick is...so I can't give an opinion on that one. I've heard black & white pictures work best. Were you using colored photos? The pictures I used for mine were just printed on white card stock with our home printer. I didn't have any trouble with the ink smearing or bleeding when I used the diamond glaze. Hope that helps a little!

    Thanks for your question. :)

    Ginger

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  51. I have been wanting to make some of these. Would you mind sharing where you bought your the tiles, bales and diamond glaze? I have looked at Hobby Lobby and Michael's for tiles with no luck. Thank you!

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  52. @Carol and nstacey: If you click on the name "Candy Tiles" in her above post, it will take you to the Etsy shop where you can order the supplies. I have also found that the Diamond Glaze did not bleed my ink-jet colors, but if you are using a different adhesive, then you can use Judikins Microglaze, which you could first seal the image, and then adhere it to the glass with whatever glue you have. Another awesome source for these supplies is sunandmooncraftkits.com. Sun and Moon also has some very thorough tutorials on their site. I have also looked in local craft stores like you mentioned, and they don't have these products.

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  53. Sorry Carol! I missed your comment somehow...yes, I got all my supplies at Candy Tiles on etsy. :)

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  54. Thanks Connie! I missed the link. I should have read closer.

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  55. Hi Ginger! I love this! I have seen several photo charms for braclets and necklaces but never a how-to that I think that I actually would make for myself! This would make great gifts too! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. So cute, but every time I use super glue on mine I end up getting bubbles on the picture in the front right where the bail is. :-( No idea why this happens only to me, every tutorial I see says to use super glue. I seal the image on the back just like they say.

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  57. Oh no! Not good. I didn't have any problems with it bubbling up. What kind of paper did you use? I printed my pictures on white cardstock. So it was nice & thick. I could see the super glue doing that if it was a thinner paper maybe. Other than that I don't know. Sorry! :(

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  59. Hi Ginger,
    Just got my supplies from candytiles the other day. Can I use a color photo? or does it have to be black and white?

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  60. Will definitely try this by buying some alternative materials! thanks for the tip!

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  61. Will definitely try this by buying some alternative materials! thanks for the tip!

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  62. Will definitely try this by buying some alternative materials! thanks for the tip!

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  64. Do you know if these would work with photo paper instead of cardstock?

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  65. Hi Katie,

    I've never used photo paper but I'm sure it would work just as well. :)

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  66. I love this so much! Included it in my Mother's Day Gift Tutorials post with link to you your awesome key chain tutorial here:

    http://freshjuniper.blogspot.com/2012/05/mothers-day-gift-tutorials-25-quick.html

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  67. I can't quite get my word to make the picture .8x.8. It just keeps ending up as a rectangle.. did you have to trim a little when you printed your pictures? Any suggestions on how I can get it adjusted on word? Thanks!

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  68. Just stumble across this one. What a great idea. Is there a way to protect the back, so it's not just delicate paper exposed?

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  69. So sweet!
    You can also use resin for a more permanent water resistant effect - as I do for my custom photo jewelry.
    thesleepingdog.etsy.com

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  70. Just saw a question about photo paper - yes it will work but you have to be careful to allow photo to dry (I use photo paper) and not break up the emulsion too much.

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  71. LOVE these BUT I can't find clear glass tiles anywhere:( I went to Home Depot, Lowes & Hobby Lobby. They all have a coating on the back that appears to be fired on. Does anyone know where I might be able to get them?

    Thanks!

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  72. I was trying to figure out the best glue to use to glue bails to charms and came across this tutorial...LOVE THE IDEA!! THANKS!

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  73. E6000 glue works best for bails
    Check out etsy for glass tiles. Thecraftydragonfly is great

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  74. E6000 glue works best for bails
    Check out etsy for glass tiles. Thecraftydragonfly is great

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  75. I have used diamond glaze, mod podge and regular glue and everytime I get streaks on my pictures. What is the trick?

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  76. Oh I'm in love!! I'll be featuring this next week (on Friday) at Just Simply Christmas (15 weeks, 15 different themes) Linky Party. Come join the fun if you would.
    http://justsimplychristmas.blogspot.com/
    Looking forward to seeing you there!

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  77. I {LOVE} this! These are too cute! Perfect for gifts for Grandparents or new moms. Great post!

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  78. Not sure how many people read all the comments- but I decided to upload my pics for the pendants onto a USB and go to an office store. The prints were way better than anything I could have done at home, it's a lazer printer instead of an ink jet so it doesn't run when you apply the glaze, and I got two sheets of pics that I had formatted in Word at home for 78 cents. (One regular paper and one card stock.) Totally worth it as far as I am concerned. :) My only issue has been that the pendant I made for me ripped apart. I think it was the necklace I used, but frustrating none the less. Tiffany

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  79. How do you print the photos .8x.8?

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  80. @Tiffany great idea! My printer isn't the best quality so that would be a great idea. :)

    @Dalene...I used Word to size my photos. When you insert a photo into Word there is a little box at the top where you can size it any way you want it. :)

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  81. I love this idea! I ordered the supplies and have been trying to make them but unfortunately I keep getting streaks on the photos :( I use Diamond Glaze like you said but when I use the paint brush to smear the Diamond Glaze, I keep getting smears! Help? Whats the trick?!

    -Jenn

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  82. Hi Jenn,

    I have no idea what could be causing streaks...that is so weird. I've never had any problems with smears. Is it your photo smearing? Maybe it's the type of ink in your printer. I don't know. Sorry!

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  83. I love personalized jewelry like this. I featured it on my stocking stuffer round up! http://www.lovebugliving.com/2012/11/handmaking-holidays-stocking-stuffer.html

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  84. This is a great craft! I made minecraft creeper necklaces for my boys and nephews! So perfect!

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  86. What a fantastic idea!Cute!
    Love it!!

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  87. Ginger,
    So cute that I just had to order off of Etsy. Thank you for sharing! When you crop in Word Perfect, do you crop left, right, top, and bottom to .8" ?

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  88. I found the tiles at Hobby Lobby. I have 4 and I am going to have to do them, just haven't decided what I want to put on them.

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  89. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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