Here’s my short tutorial for DIY circle pendant jewelry… You know how I love to make inspirational mugs and Scriptural greeting cards. In 2014, we were planning to attend an international convention in Quito in Jan 2015, and I got the idea to make necklaces with scripture quotes for convention gifts. I made at least 100 necklaces – Scrabble tile necklaces for the ladies and bottlecap necklaces for the little girls. They’re cheap to make yourself and relatively easy – and they make really nice convention gifts.
Recently, I’ve been making 1 inch round silver necklaces with glass cabochons. They’re larger and look a little nicer than the little Scrabble tile necklaces. Here, I’m including brief instructions for these silver necklaces and the bottlecap necklaces. I’m offering digital collage sheets of popular verses to use for making your own 1″ round necklaces in my shop.
In addition to inspirational and scripture quotes, you could really personalize these tiles for special gifts with photos or the recipient’s name. A reduced copy of your child’s art would make a great gift for Grandma. You just need to size your photo to a 1 inch circle.
To see how to make the Scrabble tile necklaces, see this post: Scrabble Tile Jewelry
How To – 1″ Round Silver and Glass Necklaces
First, print the 1 inch circles on white cardstock paper (you can use heavy matte presentation paper also.) Cut them out with a 1 inch circle cutter – so the edges will be neat.
With a small paintbrush, spread a thin layer of Annie Howes Glamour Seal adhesive and sealant onto the flat side of your glass cabochon. Carefully press the glass cabochon down onto the print, making sure the glue covers the print completely. (If you don’t have a circle cutter, you can press the glass onto the printed cardstock, centering on the print. After the glass is fully dry, cut out around the glass.)
Allow the print to dry overnight, and trim any edges. Then spread a thin layer of adhesive in the tray and press the print into the tray, being careful to line the print up with the top of the tray. Wipe away any excess glue that oozes out.
That’s it! Allow it to dry completely and attach a chain. Don’t worry – it will dry clear. These necklaces are water resistant but not water proof, so don’t get them wet. Unless it came out wrong and you want to redo it. Then you can soak the necklace tray in water, take it apart and clean it to use the tray and cabochon to try again. It’s important to use Annie Howes Glamour Seal or a similar product. The ink on your print won’t run – even if printed on an inkjet printer. Regular white glue won’t work.
You may also want to use these pendants (or smaller ones) to put on bracelets. See my instructions for bracelets: Mother-Daughter Bracelets
Supplies for DIY Circle Pendant Jewelry
- 1 inch silver trays and glass cabochons
- Annie Howes glamour seal
- OR Judikin’s Diamond Glaze
- 1 inch circle punch
- Silver plated snake chains – 24″
- 1 inch digital prints (Create your own, purchase from Etsy, or from Nani’s Notebook Shop)
Cut out circles
Apply glue to flat side of glass cabochon
Glue glass onto print
Trim print after drying
Glue glass cabochon into pendant tray
Enjoy wearing or giving as gifts!
How To – Bottlecap Necklaces
Ok, these are the simplest necklaces to make. First, print your 1 inch circle prints on cardstock or heavy printer paper. Cut them out with the 1 inch circle punch. Spread a thin layer of glue in the bottlecap and press the print down, wiping away excess glue.
Allow to dry well, overnight if possible. Stick a 1 inch clear epoxy sticker over the print. Add a chain or matching ribbon. If you don’t have the epoxy stickers, you can seal the top with a few coats of Annie Howes Glamour Sealant or Judikin’s Diamond Glaze.
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- Flattened bottlecaps for jewelry
- Digital 1 inch circle prints (Create your own, purchase from Etsy, or from Nani’s Notebook Shop)
- 1 inch circle punch
- 1 inch circle clear epoxy stickers
- Judikin’s Diamond Glaze
- Ribbon necklaces
Have fun making and giving away these easy DIY circle pendant necklaces!