Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How I Make My Tile Pendants




There are many tutorials all over blog land on how to make but I figured I would go ahead and share.  Since I make mine for my shop I have tried to find the cheapest way to make them but still have quality in the end.  The glass tiles were driving up my cost so I decided to go with the mosaic ones.  I get a bag of 50 from Michael's for about $2.75 with their coupons.

Most of my designs are scrapbook paper and after screwing many up trying to trace around and cut I just kinda hold the tile against the paper and cut generously and trim up after I have placed it on the tile.



Mod Podge them on.  I usually do one coat to adhere the paper, let it dry and do a coat over the top.  Dry and  do a second coat. 



I leave them overnight and then apply the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.  I love this stuff!  It has taken me awhile but I have finally perfected 'no bubbles'.  My tip, once you get started DO NOT pick the tip up until you are done.  If you have to go back and add more, you are going to have a bubble.  I have found the easiest way to get rid of it is by working it to the end with a straight pen.  I then let them sit for at least 24 hours.

And another side note, I have made hundreds of these and I am only about a 1/4 into my second bottle.



Then comes the baile.  I have tried many glues to adhere.  Expensive glues.  I finally ended up with what should have been my first choice, E6000.  The drying time is longer but in the end it is cheaper and a better bond. 

As far as the bailes go, I had been purchasing at Michael's and Joann's but someone finally clued me in on using Etsy.  Much cheaper!



And there you go!  Since it can be a several day process I do try to make as many as I can at a time.



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35 comments:

  1. These are adorable! I have never used the Modge Podge Dimension stuff, but I like Triple Thick Brilliant Brush-on Gloss Glaze by Deco Art. It never has bubbles.

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  2. Those are super cute, great idea! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at my new linky party "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  3. Really cute. A great alternative to scrabble tile pendants. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Lovely, I really should have a go at making these!

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  5. I have a bottle of dimensional magic but have yet to try it. Love your tip about the bailes as well. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

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  6. These are really cute thanks for sharing. Someone once told me that you can use a small pin and prick the bubbles on top. Also I've heard that a little heat makes the bubbles come out - but I would think you would need to be really careful with this as it could also put more in.

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  7. Great job! I haven't made these yet, but I want to! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

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  8. I heart tile pendants! And Dimensional Magic too...love that stuff. I use a straight pin for the bubbles too; works like a charm! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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  9. What a wonderful idea. I love how they turned out :)
    brilliantlikefireflies.blogspot.ca

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  10. Hi Donna: I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, your new GF friend. I would love for you to stop by and be my friend, too.
    Love the pendants, they are so cute. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing at my party! Have a great weekend :)

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  12. These are great! I might have to try them myself :) Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    Michelle @ Crazy for Crafts
    http://crazyiniowa.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial!

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  14. Those are so fun!!! Love how you can make so many for so cheap! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  15. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up. I love to see what you share on your blog, I'm now following.
    Rose
    @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  16. These are so sweet. I'm not so ambitious as to make and sell- but I'd love to do this to make some for myself! I wonder if the tiles are too heavy for earrings? Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your heard-earned expertise! I would love if you were able to stop at my first session of Sweet Sharing Mondays (new weekly party- with features!) and link up! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday/

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  17. These are cute! Thanks for the great tutorial! Thanks for linking up to Party Time at So Very Creative!

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  18. Such a cute idea! Thank you for sharing :)
    -Kayla

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  19. Lovely cute pendants! They look nice and easy to make too!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  20. I have been looking for some new ideas for gift tags. I think you have provided them. I just hope I can create something as beautiful as these. I downloaded some small images of bees, flowers, and nests from The Graphics Fairy that I think might work. You may want to look at her blog!

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  21. Thanks so much or this great tutorial!!! Very cool. I would like to try my hand at making tile pendants now. I'm so glad you linked up to Romance on a Dime!!

    I'm pinning this!

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  22. Nice project. What fun! I'm looking forward to trying it.

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  23. Yours are cute! I made tons of these a few years ago :)

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  24. These came out so cute! I really need to try...you made it look so simple! Thanks so much for sharing @ Two Sasters!!

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  25. So great!

    Would never have thought of this in a million years! Featuring you today at Drab to Fab!

    Congrats!!! Come on back and party this week. As you already know, I just love your stuff!

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/04/drab-to-fab-link-up-13-features.html

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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  26. Thanks for sharing this. I just bought some dimensional magic, after months of wanting some. I haven't tried it out yet so I'm glad for the tip. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  27. those are so cute. you made it look so easy to make! thanks for sharing!

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  28. This has been featured today on Serenity Saturday Link Party!
    Natasha xxx

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  29. These are so cute! So glad you shared the tutorial because I want to make some!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  30. These are just the cutest things! I am actually waiting for some square tiles I purchased online to come in so that I can try this. Nervous about the Dimensional magic but with your tips, I should be ok! Thanks for linking up this week at tip toes thru tuesday

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  31. good tute. i'll have to remember this. i want to make one with one of Bear's ringlets when he eventually gets his hair cut {it may be 10 years from now, thought :)} thanks for linking this up! hope to see you again this week!

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