Glass Tile Pendants

I am always on the look out for a fun and unique gift idea for friends and family.  This year my new go to gift are these cute Glass Tile Pendant Necklaces.  One of my favorite parts of these necklaces is that they are so easy to make.  They are also really versatile and unique and you can make a wide variety of them to be as unique as the person you are making them for. Today I am sharing with you the tutorial so you can learn how to make tile pendants too.

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I found the glass tiles and bails to make these here. I bought my Diamond Glaze at Ben Franklin Crafts.

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All you need to do is take your glass tile and clean it off. (They were a bit dusty upon arrival). Then find your favorite picture of a child (it has to be a picture from a laser printer or photo store), scrapbook paper or even a peice of fabric as the necklace design.

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With a pencil trace around the tile square. When cutting out the square of paper (or other material), cut inside your line so that it fits well on the square. Coat the printed side of the paper, the side you want to see on your necklace, with your diamond glaze. You do not need a lot of diamond glaze, just a couple of small dots will be sufficient. You just need enough to cover a thin layer of the glass tile. Attach your paper to the glass tile. If any excess glaze runs out of the edges of the glass, immediately wipe it clean with a damp paper towel.

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Turn your glass tile over so that you are looking at the back of your necklace. Paint a thin layer of Diamond Glaze over the entire back of the necklace and let dry.

When dry, place a small drop of Diamond Glaze onto your bail (chain attachment) and attach the bail in the exact middle on the back and at the top of your necklace.

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When the glaze has dried, your necklace is finished and ready to wear. Aren’t they adorable? I made a few for myself and then let the girls each pick out a design for their own necklace. My sisters don’t know it yet, but they are going to be getting some of these for their birthdays this year…Surprise!

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Comments

  1. Angie says

    Wow! It looks so professional. I can´t get that material here in Mexico, but next time I’m in the states, I’ll stock up.

  2. Karen says

    I came over from momadvice.com.

    These are incredibly cool. Very pretty and unique. Thanks for sharing your idea!

  3. Amy says

    Anonymous-
    You can buy the tiles at the link I provided at the top of the post, and I have also seen other ETSY sellers for them. I also just recently saw sheets of some multi-colored ones (with some clear ones included) at Home Depot in the tile aisle.

  4. Amy says

    Anonymous–I bought the small tiles from ETSY. I just measured mine and they are 7/8 of an inch square.

  5. Anonymous says

    When I look at the silver bails on ETSY, you can buy small or large ones (but they do not specify the actual dimension…..).
    Which size fits best on the back of the tile you use?

    Thanks so much for sharing your very clever and creative ideas!!

  6. Necie says

    I can't wait to make these! Your ideas rock! I did have a question about the necklace part of this project…where do you find the necklace (or chain) part that doesn't look "cheesy"? I appreciate your help!

    I've already done a few of your ideas and LOVE them!! I'm a huge fan!

  7. Anonymous says

    So adorable! Then again, everything on here is!! I LOVE all of your ideas! Your site is one of the first that I open each day to see what is new! Thanks!!

  8. Renanda says

    How do you prevent air bubbles. I did a few this weekend but my favs ended up with tiny air bubbles :(

  9. Jinksfam says

    I absolutely love this idea. I want to make some for Christmas! What a great gift! I also was wondering about the chain part of your project. Where did you get the chain in the pics? All of the ones I have found online look pretty "cheesy".

    Thanks again for you idea

    Shannon

  10. Michelle says

    Just so you all know, the ones at Home Depot can't be cleaned up to be clear (not the colored ones, the 'clear' ones) to use for this exact necklace. The white stuff on the back is baked into the back. I took the tiles to Home Depot and they tried their heaviest remover on it and it didn't even budge. Just FYI.

  11. **Amy** says

    Michelle–Thanks for the info! I wondered if that would come off! I will make an edit in my post so you save others their money and effort on those! Thank you!

  12. Anonymous says

    I have tried to put a photo on a tile and I end up with streaks. I have not been able to find the Judi-Kins diamond glaze locally and have used Triple Thick. Could it be the glaze or something else.

  13. **Amy** says

    Anonymous–The only thing I can think of is that your picture needs to be printed on a laser printer so that it doesn't streak the ink or it needs to be printed by a professional photo store. Is that the case? I think I have heard of products that you can put on pictures too so that they do not streak like that but for the life of me can not think of where I saw it or what it is called. Hope that helps!

  14. Anonymous says

    Micro glaze is the stuff you can put on photos printed from ink jet printers. It is a paste. You can find it on ebay. You just rub a small amount on, allow to dry for a few minutes, then rub the excess off.

  15. Anonymous says

    I just wanted to share where I found some great quality but inexpensive glass tiles. I picked up 80 1" tiles for $12.00. The website is http://www.unitedcraftersinc.com
    they also carry the diamond glaze, the bails, the micro glaze, etc.

    I do have a question. When I made my pendant I put the picture on, then I put a plain piece of black card stock to be the back (makes it look very nice). Do you put a plain color on the back so you can't see the image on the back or do you just have the one layer? If you do have a back, how do you obtain nice edges that look professional? The front of my pendant looks nice, the back is plain black which looks nice, but the side has the glass, then the white layer (from the picture/design), then the black layer from the black cardstock. I'd like to make it look rounded and smooth on the sides, how is this obtained?

  16. **Amy** says

    Anon–Thanks for the link.

    I do cover the back with another colored paper if the image shows through on the back. When it has dried (the first layer of Diamond Glaze), you can file the edges with a light grain sandpaper to smooth the edges and then clean off all the dust. Use diamond glaze again to seal it off again.

  17. Tina Grimes says

    I have so wanted to make something with glass tiles…wasn't sure how, or even where to get the right tiles. Thanks to your blog, now I know! Love this. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  18. Megan says

    These are really cute! We did something similar for our summer program at the school I teach at. Ours were drawings the children had made (which you can shrink on a photocopier). we used large flattened marbles that came in a small bag at the dollar store. They have a little bit of texture on the glass which you may or may not like, depending on what style you're going for, but they're interesting because they're round and it gives it a bit of a magnifying glass look. We also put strong(ish) magnets on the back to make them into super cute refrigerator magnets! Oh! and we used plain white glue; it worked just fine to attach the paper. The magnets were adhesive backed. Just thought it was an interesting twist you all might be interested in :)

  19. **Amy** says

    @Megan–Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of making kids art into a necklace for them! So fun!

  20. Sara L says

    Just to clarify – you used more diamond glaze to attach the bail? Not superglue or E6000? Thanks! And how long did everything take to dry?

  21. Kim says

    I love these! Such a sweet little craft. I learned to make these just yesterday at the CK Scrapbook Convention (Creating Keepsakes). Craft Fantastic company had a booth there & offered free classes. They used the same type of glass tiles, the glue glaze to adhere the paper but they used E6000 to glue the jewelry bails on. They also take an additional decorative piece of paper & apply to the back side to make the back decorative as well. You could even paint the backs or apply silver of gold leaf. So many ideas! Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Trish–There is a link at the top of my site that says “The Idea Room Store”. Click that link and it will take you to all the items that I sell. Let me know if you still need any help.

  22. Andrea McDonald says

    I’ve had trouble with pictures. I use a ink jet printer and have tried the micro glaze but my colors still run after 24 hours. Also when I use E6000 to glue on the bails, it makes a blurred spot on the picture when it dries. I found if I use clear box tape on front and back then cut them out, this works best for me. Just don’t get any air bubbles in the tape. Hope this helps some people.

    • Elaine says

      I’ve done quite a few of these and I had the same problem that the pictures would run. put the glue onto the picture then take your glass tile and push down onto the picture forcing all bubble to run out. Hold for at least a minute then put something heavy and flat on top to keep bubble from forming.

      Usually the reason it runs is because there is too much glue.

      Hope that helps!

    • Sven says

      I use a spray sealer such as Krylon Crystal Clear to seal both the back and front of the inkjet picture before applying the Diamond Glaze but the really best solution is to print with a laser printer… Hope this helps

  23. Lori says

    Help! I want to make these. Were they the medium or large bails from that etsy store? Also, where did you get the necklace part? I would like to make these for my daughter’s friends for Christmas. Thanks!

  24. Chas Lundy says

    Hi! I have been wanting to do these myself. So before I found your site, I went to Home Depot and bought a sheet of tiles, clear and colored. The stuff on the back doesn’t come off, unless you have a Dremel with an etching bit. I was so distraught when I first got them home, then I got to thinking that you could have an additional colored border. I etched the “stuff” off of the middle of the tile, glued a pic on and it turned out pretty cute. But it is really fine dust, so take precautions. You can also write things in the baked enamel, but you have to write backwards to see it correctly ;)

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  26. mjk says

    If you are using an image that you printed out you need to spray it with a fixative first. I use Krylon Preserve It…digital photo and paper protectant. it is moisture resistant and protects against fading. Also, let me know if you have a good technique for applying the E600…I have tried many times and the bail never sticks. I have actually given up and now have a bunch of tiles and bails!

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  1. […] I knew that my son’s teacher liked the bracelet featured above because of a comment she made on FB so instead of making her something this day we got her this set of bracelets instead.  However, my daughter still wanted to make her teacher a necklace and made the one featured below.  (Directions on how to make this necklace here @ The Idea Room.) […]

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