Be your own jewelry designer with this DIY pastel glass tile necklace project, which was originally created by Adrianne Surian for the Core’dinations Core Blog.
This step-by-step project is the perfect way to learn how to design your own custom jewelry. Make unique necklaces, bracelets, or earrings for yourself or for a lucky friend!
DIY Pastel Glass Tile Necklace Supplies:
- Darice Cardstock
- Sizzix Big Shot
- Sizzix Sizzlits – Butterfly Frenzy and Typeset Alphabet dies
- Mod Podge and Paintbrush
- Craft Squeegee
- 1 inch Glass Tiles (1 per necklace)
- Darice Glue-On Jewelry Bails (1 per necklace)
- Gutermann Glue
- Darice 2 mm Cable Chain (18 inches per necklace)
- Darice Jump Rings
- Darice Jewelry Clasp
- Darice Jewelry Pliers
Step 1. Cut your base papers into 1″ squares. Die-cut your shape and letter accents from silver foil card stock; lay them out to determine the arrangement. For intricate designs or ones that need to line up (like double-digit numbers and initials), you can also use a thin layer of Mod Podge to glue them into place to be sure they don’t slip around.
Step 2. Add a large drop of Mod Podge to the top of your paper square. Place the glass tile on top, pressing the Mod Podge all the way out to each edge of the tile for a secure mount.
Step 3. Use a craft squeegee on the backside of the tile (over the paper) to eliminate any excess Mod Podge and to ensure a tight seal. This step may get a little messy – don’t panic! Wipe away any large drops, but a thin coat of Mod Podge can easily be cleaned off the tile after it dries.
Add a finishing coat of Mod Podge to the backside of the paper to seal it well.
Step 4. Allow the tile to dry (this may take up to an hour since the cardstock is so thick). Once dry, add a drop of metal glue to the pad of jewelry bail and glue it to the backside of the tile. Allow the bails several hours (or overnight) to dry.
Step 5. If you are using bulk chain like I did, you’ll need to add a clasp to the chain before you can wear the necklace. (If you’re using a pre-assembled chain, skip this step and simply strip the tile on the chain.) Twist open a jump ring; attach both the end of the chain and the ring of the clasp to it. Twist it closed again with your pliers. On the opposite end of the chain, attach a jump ring so that you can clasp the necklace.
Step 6. Finally, string each tile onto a chain and they’re ready for wear or gift-giving! Sport your initials, player numbers, butterflies, or any other small shape that you want to wear around your neck!
If you enjoyed making this DIY glass tile necklace, you might also enjoy our beaded chain tassel necklace project!
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