Monday, August 16, 2010

Scrabble Tile Pendant

I've thought those cute scrabble tile pendants I've seen lately are pretty cute. Just google "Scrabble Tile Pendant" and you'll see all sorts of cute pendants.

I've figured out how to make them myself... I'm not quite good at it yet, but I'm happy that I've figured it out. I'll be thrilled to share some perfect tile pendants with you in the future, but for now, I'm going to go ahead and show you how I'm making mine. If you google "Scrabble Tile Pendant Tutorial" you'll find lots of other great tutorials.

Materials:
  • Mod podge
  • Scrap book paper
  • Scrabble tiles (you can either recycle some, or they do sell them at craft stores
  • 2" head pins
  • Glossy accents dimensional embellishment, or "Diamond Glaze" if you can find it.
  • Foam brush
  • Jewelry making tools, round nose pliers, wire cutters
  • Vice and either a drill or other way of making a hole. 
Step 1 - Drilling the scrabble tile from top to bottom. Secure tiles one after another in a vice and either use a drill or a dremel with a 1/16th drill bit to create a hole.


Step 2 - Select your scrapbook paper and cut it to the same size as the face surface of your scrabble tile. Then apply a coat of mod podge to the tile and put the paper on the tile.


Step 3 - When the mod podge is completely dry, apply the dimensional embellishment. Start by outlining the tile and then working your way into the center. Take care not to shake this material. It creates bubbles which are my enemy at the moment - you'll notice from here out several bubbles in the examples I'm showing you.


Step 4 - Take a pin and try and pop any bubbles by touching them. But don't stop there - come back 10-15 minutes later and make sure you got them. It turns out that a tiny bubble in the begging, becomes bigger as the embellishment dries. Then allow the tile to dry for 24-72 hours. The tile may feel dry sooner, but this embellishment materials needs time to dry and to cure.

Step 5 - Thread the 2" headpin through the tile.


Step 6 - Create the bail at the top of the pendant by first bending the point of the headpin across the top of the tile at a 90° angle.


With the tip pointing towards you, grasp the pin with the round nose pliers as close to the bend as you can.


Wrap the pin around the top of the pliers with your fingers so that the pin rests on the back of the tile. Then change the position of the pliers so that the coil is around the bottom prong of the pliers. Then wrap the pin around to the front of the tile by going between the tile and the pliers.


Next wind the tail of the pin around the base of the loop and trim the excess tail.



From there you can either add a jump ring to secure the pendents to a chain, or you can just pivot the bail and it will turn to hang on a chain.

Like I said - these aren't perfect, but they are a lot of fun to make. Hopefully - I'll update this post soon with some really perfect ones that will be gift-worthy.

7 comments:

  1. i don't agree with you, i think these are perfect as they are! I don't know what you would do to improve them... they are just lovely!

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  2. I always wondered how people on Etsy made these! Thanks for sharing!

    Jeanine

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  3. Wow, Maggie! I love this idea! It's very cute -- and you did a wonderful tutorial! Great job!

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  4. Very creative - these would make a great gift! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today!

    Chelsea

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  5. Love this! You have to link this to my Upcycled Awesome Linky party at http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled10

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  6. Hi Maggie! I found your site off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! You are so talented! I just signed up to be your 209th follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at http://www.modernfamilymagazine.com

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  7. Does your Dremel smoke while going through the tiles? Mine is only threaded 2/3 of the way through and smokes like crazy as it goes through the last third. Is that normal?? I bought the Dremel Workstation to use as a drill press in order to go straight through. Is that what you use?

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